Nashville SC Withdrawn from MLS is Back Tournament


Major League Soccer announced today an updated format and schedule for the MLS is Back Tournament and that Nashville SC have been withdrawn from the competition. 

Since arriving in Orlando,nine players on Nashville have had confirmed positive test results for COVID-19. The decision was made in the best interest of the health of all players and staff participating in the tournament, and in line with protocols created in conjunction with local and national health authorities and infectious disease experts. 

“We have withdrawn Nashville SC from the MLS is Back Tournament. Due to the number of positive tests, the club has been unable to train since arriving in Orlando and would not be able to play matches,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “For every decision we make in our return to play, the wellbeing of our players, staff, officials and all participants is our top priority.”

As a result of the withdrawal of Dallas and Nashville, MLS has reconfigured the groups into six groups, each consisting of four teams, as well as an update to the qualification for the Knockout Stage presented by Audi.

Group Alignment

Chicago Fire FC have moved from Group A to Group B in the MLS is Back Tournament to join San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Chicago and Nashville will remain in the Eastern Conference for the rest of the 2020 regular season.

The new match schedule for Chicago Fire FC in Group B is as follows:

July 14            Chicago Fire FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 9:00 a.m. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes/TSN)

July 19            Chicago Fire FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8:00 p.m. (FS1/TUDN/TSN)

July 23            Chicago Fire FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 9:00 a.m. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes/TSN)

Additionally, the schedule for one other Group B match has been updated:

July 19           Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10:30 p.m. (FS1/TUDN/TSN)

The revised Group A schedule has been created to replace those Group A matches which previously included Nashville SC and Chicago Fire FC:

July 14            Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami CF, 10:30 p.m. (TUDN/TSN)

July 14            New York City FC vs. Orlando City SC, 8:00 p.m. (TUDN/TSN)

July 20            Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC, 8:00 p.m. (TUDN/TSN)

July 20            Inter Miami CF vs. New York City FC, 9:00 a.m. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes/TSN)

All matches of the MLS is Back Tournament will be will be televised nationally in the U.S. across ESPN, FOX Sports, and Univision’s UniMás and TUDN networks; in Canada on TSN and TVA Sports networks, as well as globally through the league’s international broadcast partners. All matches not aired by an English-language network will be streamed live in English on Twitter.

 

Date Time Opponent Station
4/17 3:00 vs Atlanta United Real Radio 104.1
4/23 7:30 @ Sporting KC FM 96.9 The Game
5/1 7:00 vs FC Cincinnati Real Radio 104.1
5/8 6:00 vs NYCFC Real Radio 140.1
5/16 8:00 @ DC United Real Radio 104.1
5/22 7:00 vs Toronto FC Real Radio 104.1
5/29 1:00 @ New York Red Bulls Real Radio 104.1
6/19 7:30 @ Toronto FC FM 96.9 The Game
6/22 7:30 vs San Jose Earthquakes FM 96.9 The Game
6/25 8:00 @ Inter Miami CF FM 96.9 The Game
7/3 7:30 vs New York Red Bulls FM 96.9 The Game
7/7 8:0 @ Chicago Fire FC FM 96.9 The Game
7/17 7:30 @ Toronto FC FM 96.9 The Game
7/22 7:30 vs Philadelphia Union FM 96.9 The Game
7/25 6:00 @ New York City FC FM 96.9 The Game
7/30 8:00 vs Atlanta United FM 96.9 The Game
8/4 7:30 vs Inter Miami CF FM 96.9 The Game
8/7 7:30 @ FC Cincinnati FM 96.9 The Game
8/18 8:30 @ Nashville SC FM 96.9 The Game
8/21 7:30 vs Chicago Fire FC FM 96.9 The Game
8/27 8:30 vs Inter Miami CF FM 96.9 The Game
9/4 7:30 vs Columbus Crew SC FM 96.9 The Game
9/10 7:00 @ Atlanta United FM 96.9 The Game
9/15 7:30 vs CF Montreal FM 96.9 The Game
9/19 4:00 @ Philadelphia Union Real Radio 104.1
9/25 7:00 @ New England Revolution FM 96.9 The Game
9/29 8:30 @ Nashville SC FM 96.9 The Game
10/2 7:30 vs DC United Real Radio 104.1
10/16 7:30 @ FC Cincinnati Real Radio 104.1
10/20 7:30 vs CF Montreal FM 96.9 The Game
10/24 7:00 vs New England Revolution Real Radio 104.1
10/27 7:30 @ Columbus Crew SC FM 96.9 The Game
10/31 7:30 vs Nashville SC Real Radio 104.1
11/7 3:30 @ CF Montreal Real Radio 104.1