authors Michael Gallagher
Main League Soccer has mentioned a return-to-play proposal that features all 26 groups collaborating in a match in Orlando at ESPN’s Extensive World of Sports activities advanced.
Per a report from The Athletic, groups can be cut up into 4 teams with two teams in every of the Jap and Western Convention.
The match format would see groups play 5 video games every, and the highest two groups in every group would advance to the ultimate eight, the place winners could be determined through knockout-style.
Whereas no official return date has been mentioned, it’s believed that the start of July is being focused for the match to start.
The group-stage video games would reportedly depend towards MLS league standings with the target being to complete the common season at a later date beneath regular circumstances in entrance of residence crowds.
The Seattle Sounders, Atlanta United, LAFC and Orlando Metropolis would every be the highest 4 seeds, and the remaining groups could be assigned by a random draw inside every convention.
Nashville SC would quickly change from the Western to Jap Convention for the remainder of the 2020 season — giving the West 12 groups and the East 14 groups — and establishing extra region-friendly rivalries towards Atlanta, Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United, Chicago Hearth and FC Cincinnati.
“We’ve received a substantial quantity of labor performed as a corporation within the technical division in planning for what comes subsequent,” Nashville SC coach Gary Smith mentioned final week. “We’ve been in a position to deal with recruitment and prospects of gamers for once we get going once more and even the long run. I’m certain that’s no totally different than another group.”
MLS and the MLSPA are nonetheless in negotiations relating to the return-to-play proposal in addition to instructed participant pay cuts, which is reported to be round a 20 % discount. The MLSPA has submitted a counteroffer to MLS relating to the pay cuts, which embrace a 5 % pay lower and 5 % wage deferral plan. The league is anticipated to reply by the top of day Friday.