ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will combine to televise 28 of the 54 total matches of the MLS is Back Tournament.
The competition will be held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., beginning Wednesday, July 8, through Tuesday, Aug. 11.
ESPN also will serve as the production services provider for the MLS is Back Tournament.
Some of the network’s plans and highlights:
* ESPN will air 22 matches including the opener, all seven matches in the 9 a.m. ET window, and the Final
* ESPN2 will televise six matches including one match in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds
* ESPN Deportes will carry Spanish-language telecasts of the 28 ESPN matches
* All ESPN MLS is Back Tournament matches will stream live on the ESPN App
* Jon Champion (play-by-play) and analyst Taylor Twellman call the matches in English. Adrian Healey and Alejandro Moreno will handle commentary on select matches
* Richard Mendez and Alex Pareja will be the lead Spanish-language commentary team on ESPN Deportes, joined by Mauricio Pedroza and Herculez Gomez who will call some matches as well
* General assignment reporter Stefano Fusaro will be on-location in Orlando to cover the tournament as a bilingual reporter across ESPN’s English- and Spanish-language platforms. He will serve as sideline reporter for matches on ESPN networks
* ESPN platforms will provide comprehensive surround coverage of the tournament across SportsCenter, ESPN FC on ESPN+, ESPN.com digital hub, and on ESPN Deportes studio programs.
* The tournament will kick off July 8 with an opening day doubleheader on ESPN and ESPN Deportes featuring Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami CF – the first-ever meeting between MLS’s new Florida rivals – at 8 p.m. ET and Nashville SC vs. Chicago Fire FC at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
ESPN will serve as the MLS is Back Tournament production services provider, led by veteran soccer producer Amy Rosenfeld, ESPN’s vice president of production. ESPN will produce all 54 matches and provide clean television feeds for each match to Major League Soccer and its media partners in the US, Canada, and to the league’s international broadcast partners.
* July 8 – Opening day: The tournament starts with an opening day doubleheader on ESPN networks
* July 18 – “MLS is Back” El Tráfico: The only scheduled El Tráfico match – Los Angeles FC vs. LA Galaxy – in the tournament on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m.
* July 22 – Tripleheader: Beginning with Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City at 9 a.m., all three matches on this day will air on an ESPN network
* Aug. 11 – The final: The tournament winner earns a spot in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League
MLS is Back Tournament Groups:
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D||Group E||Group F|
|Orlando||Seattle||Toronto||Salt Lake City||Atlanta||Los Angeles FC|
|Miami||Dallas||New England||Kansas City||Cincinnati||Los Angeles Galaxy|
|New York City||Vancouver||Montreal||Colorado||New York RB||Houston|
|Philadelphia||San Jose||Washington, DC||Minnesota||Columbus||Portland|
MLS is Back Tournament Schedule on ESPN Networks:
|Wed, Jul 8||8 p.m.||Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami CF||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|10:30 p.m.||Nashville SC vs. Chicago Fire FC||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Thu, Jul 9||9 a.m.||New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Fri, Jul 10||8 p.m.||Toronto FC vs. DC United||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|10:30 p.m.||Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Sun, Jul 12||8 p.m.||Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United FC||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|10:30 p.m.||Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Tue, Jul 14||9 a.m.||Inter Miami CF vs. Chicago Fire FC||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Wed, Jul 15||9 a.m.||Seattle Sounders vs. Dallas FC||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Thu, Jul 16||9 a.m.||Atlanta United vs. FC Cincinnati||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Fri, Jul 17||8 p.m.||Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|10:30 p.m.||Real Salt Lake vs. Minnesota United FC||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Sat, Jul 18||8 p.m.||Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes|
|10:30 p.m.||LAFC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Mon, Jul 20||9 a.m.||Orlando City SC vs. Nashville SC||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Tue, Jul 21||9 a.m.||Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Wed, Jul 22||9 a.m.||Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|8 p.m.||FC Cincinnati vs. New York Red Bulls||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|10:30 p.m.||Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United FC||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Thu, Jul 23||10:30 p.m.||LAFC vs. Portland Timbers||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes|
|Sat, Jul 25||8 p.m.||Round of 16 – 1A vs. 3 (BCDE)||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes|
|10:30 p.m.||Round of 16 – 2A vs 2C||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes|
|Tue, Jul 28||8 p.m.||Round of 16 – 1E vs. 2D||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|10:30 p.m.||Round of 16 – 1F vs. 2E||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Thu, Jul 30||8 p.m.||Quarterfinal I||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Sat, Aug 1||8 p.m.||Quarterfinal III||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes|
|Thu, Aug 6||8 p.m.||Semifinal II||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes|
|Tue, Aug 11||8 p.m.||MLS is Back Tournament Final||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
* Schedule Subject to Change
* All matches will stream live on the ESPN App