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MLS tweaks qualification for knockout phases of the Disney Tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  (June 25, 2020) MLS corrected an error in Group A of its upcoming MLS is Back Tournament in order to make it a little more balanced.

The rule change for the upcoming competition, will give Group A three automatic places in the Round of 16. Previously, only the top two finishers in the six-team group would automatically advance while the third-place side would have a shot at moving on only if it was one of the best four third-place finishers in the entire group.

The initial format gave each club in Group A a lower percentage possibility of advancing than teams in the remaining five groups, which are all comprised of only four teams each. With the change, only three other third-place finishers will advance.

The adjustment will be good news for the six teams in Group A, which are Orlando City, Inter Miami, Philadelphia Union, New York City, Chicago Fire, and Nashville.

The competition is scheduled to begin July 8.

Here is the complete format for the Round of 16 of the MLS is Back Tournament:

July 25
A1 vs. Wildcard B/C/D/E
A2 vs. C2

July 26
B1 vs. A3
D1 vs. Wildcard B/C/E/F

July 27
C1 vs. Wildcard A/B/D/F
B2 vs. F2

July 28
E1 vs. D2
F1 vs. E2

By Ken Russo

While my background is in the legal industry, the skills acquired and fine-tuned in law practice are now applied to focus on the sport of football. Russo Soccer aims to inform, educate and engage on news and relevant issues in the game.

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