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whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


Well this isn't exactly how the league planned on celebrating their 25th anniversary, now is it? Stupid global pandemic.

Anywho, welcome to the MLS Is Back Gameday Thread. For those of who haven't been following along/need a refresher:

Each of the 26 teams in the league will be competing in a World Cup-style tournament, all taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida, meaning the teams are basically in their own bubble city. There will be a group stage where teams play 3 games, which do count towards the regular season, followed by a 16 team knockout. The winner gets a $1.1 million prize as well as the CCL spot that would normally go to the non-Supporters' Shield conference winner. Most matches will air on ESPN in the US, with a few on FS1 and a smattering on Univision Deports/Twitter. There's certainly nothing that can go wrong with this pl-

...Florida has seen one of the biggest spikes in this country?...
...and lots of players are opting out of this tourney, including last year's MVP?...
...and games are getting postponed because of teams arriving late partially due to positive tests?...
...and the league had to kick Dallas out of the tourney entirely because 10 of their players/staff tested positive after arriving in Florida?...
...and the same might happen to Nashville...?
...and this kicks off TOMORROW?!?!?!



Truly the Mickey Mouse tournament that our Mickey Mouse league deserves.

Anyway, assuming this poo poo does actually happen, Orlando and Miami will be the opening match, July 8th at 8PM ET on ESPN. I'd be amazed if this doesn't get scrapped entirely by the beginning next week, but MLS gotta MLS.

Groups, for the time being

Group A
Orlando
Miami
NYCFC
Philadelphia
Nashville whoops a bunch of them also tested positive so they got pulled
Chicago Now in group B to balance things out

Group B
Seattle
Dallas whoops a bunch of them tested positive so they got pulled
Chicago
Vancouver
San Jose

Group C
Toronto
New England
Montreal
DC

Group D
RSL
SKC
Colorado
Minnesota

Group E
Atlanta
Cincinnati
NYRB
Columbus

Group F
LAFC
LAG
Houston
Portland

Assuming this poo poo makes it to the knockouts before getting cancelled, the top 2 teams from each group and the 4 best 3rd place teams will be in a 16 team bracket.

Seriously though, who could've possibly foreseen that the tourney would get all FUBAR right from the start?

whypick1 fucked around with this message at 19:05 on Jul 9, 2020

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insider
Feb 22, 2007

A secret room... always my favourite room in a house.

It's hosed up but I can't help but admit I'm a little excited for this. Yea it will be a clusterfuck and more teams will probably drop out, but I goddamn miss some MLS.

Go Crew.

Hello Towel
Aug 9, 2010



I had gotten a little excited for this, but recent events have just sapped the enthusiasm for me. Which sucks, because the Fire has/had a chance to do decent with that schedule.

binge crotching
Apr 2, 2010


Hello Towel posted:

I had gotten a little excited for this, but recent events have just sapped the enthusiasm for me. Which sucks, because the Fire has/had a chance to do decent with that schedule.

Chicago is going to get moved to group B.

Weedle
May 31, 2006




disney world opens back up to tourists on saturday so iím sure The Bubble will continue to work great

Edward Mass
Sep 14, 2011

The Timeless Child is THE DOCTOR? Oh, for God's sake!


Top Cop

ALL GAMES ARE NATIONALLY TELEVISED (meaning ESPN+ is useless), ALL MATCHES ON TUDN ARE ALSO ON TWITTER, AND ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN:

July 8
Orlando City vs. Inter Miami - 8PM (ESPN)

July 9
NYCFC vs. Philadelphia - 9AM (ESPN)
Montreal vs. New England - 8PM (TUDN)

July 10
Seattle vs. San Jose - 9PM (ESPN)

July 11
Atlanta United vs. RBNY - 8PM (Fox)
Cincinnati vs. Columbus - 10:30PM (FS1)

July 12
Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United - 8PM (ESPN)
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado - 10:30PM (ESPN)

July 13
Toronto vs. D.C. United - 9AM (ESPN2)
LAFC vs. Houston - 8PM (FS1)
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Portland - 10:30PM (FS1)

July 14
Seattle vs. Chicago - 9AM (ESPN)
Orlando City vs. NYCFC - 8PM (TUDN)
Philadelphia vs. Inter Miami - 10:30PM (TUDN)

July 15
Vancouver vs. San Jose - 9PM (TUDN)

July 16
Atlanta United vs. Cincinnati - 9AM (ESPN)
Montreal vs. Toronto - 8PM (FS1)
Columbus vs. RBNY - 10:30PM (FS1)

July 17
D.C. United vs. New England - 8PM (ESPN)
Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado - 8PM (ESPN2)
Real Salt Lake vs. Minnesota United - 10:30PM (ESPN)

July 18
Portland vs. Houston - 8PM (ESPN2)
LAFC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy - 10:30PM (ESPN)

July 19
San Jose vs. Chicago - 8PM (FS1)
Seattle vs. Vancouver - 10:30PM (FS1)

July 20
NYCFC vs. Inter Miami - 9AM (ESPN)
Orlando City vs. Philadelphia - 8PM (ESPN)

July 21
Toronto vs. New England - 9AM (ESPN)
Atlanta United vs. Columbus - 8PM (ESPN2)
Montreal vs. D.C. United - 10:30PM (ESPN2)

July 22
Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City - 9AM (ESPN)
Cincinnati vs. RBNY - 8PM (ESPN)
Colorado vs. Minnesota United - 10:30PM (ESPN)

July 23
Chicago vs. Vancouver - 9AM (ESPN)
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston - 8PM (FS1)
LAFC vs. Portland - 10:30PM (ESPN2)

-Round of 16-

July 25
Orlando City vs. Montreal - 8PM (ESPN2)
Philadelphia vs. New England - 10:30PM (ESPN2)

July 26
Toronto vs. NYCFC - 8:30PM (FS1)
Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver - 11PM (FS1)

July 27
San Jose vs. Real Salt Lake - 8:30PM (FS1)
Seattle vs. LAFC - 11PM (FS1)

July 28
Columbus vs. Minnesota United - 8PM (ESPN)
Portland vs. Cincinnati - 10:30PM (ESPN)

-Quarter-Finals-

July 30
Philadelphia vs. Sporting Kansas City - 8PM (ESPN)

July 31
Orlando City vs. LAFC - 7:30PM (FS1)

August 1
San Jose vs. Minnesota United - 8PM (ESPN2)
NYCFC vs. Portland - 10:30PM (FS1)

-Semi-Finals-

August 5
Philadelphia vs. Portland - 8PM (FS1)

August 6
Orlando City vs. Minnesota United - 8PM (ESPN2)

August 11
Final - 8PM (ESPN)

Edward Mass fucked around with this message at 04:32 on Aug 2, 2020

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



Got the Miami local coverage on, and nothing makes me happier than seeing Fernando Fiore on our panel.

E: also love the wacky game times which means I get to us play at 9am on a Tuesday when Iím at work, and 10:30pm on a Sunday when Iím planning on going to bed. Ah that World Cup feeling despite living in the timezone.

EL BROMANCE fucked around with this message at 23:35 on Jul 8, 2020

binge crotching
Apr 2, 2010


I'm wondering if they are still going to do the national anthem, or actually have kickoff on time for once.

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


They've already said no national anthem during the tourney.

Still don't expect them to kick off on time though.

Edward Mass
Sep 14, 2011

The Timeless Child is THE DOCTOR? Oh, for God's sake!


Top Cop

binge crotching posted:

I'm wondering if they are still going to do the national anthem, or actually have kickoff on time for once.

Kick-off is ~20 minutes past the hour.

TwoStepBoog
Apr 12, 2008



https://twitter.com/samstejskal/sta...010271050399745

Nashville's definitely getting the boot.

God I've missed MLS.

edit; and according to Twellman, the only players who are positive in the bubble are Nashville's at this point.

TwoStepBoog fucked around with this message at 00:10 on Jul 9, 2020

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


I guess Soccer Moses didn't bless his team hard enough.

paddyboat
Feb 20, 2013

Maxi, Maxi Rodriguez
Run down the wing for me

ready to watch these boys infect each other

Oscar Wild
Apr 11, 2006


Ok, this salute is cool.

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


Hopefully it gave some Proud Boy NYCFC fans aneurysms.

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


No fake crowd noise, gently caress yeah

Oscar Wild
Apr 11, 2006


I did the Disney world marathon one year and it ran around this facility. It really is very cool. Bummer that a bunch of people are being put at risk to put it on.

Oscar Wild
Apr 11, 2006


whypick1 posted:

No fake crowd noise, gently caress yeah

Agreed. Adding in crowd noise is so dumb.

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


Dom Dwyer fell down? I'm shocked

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


What a miss

Oscar Wild
Apr 11, 2006


I'm shocked that I'm watching inter Miami play soccer.

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



Oscar Wild posted:

I'm shocked that I'm watching inter Miami play soccer.

As an I. I had half season tickets, live about 2 minutes drive from the stadium, still not seen the drat place.

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


Juuuuuust a bit outside

Edward Mass
Sep 14, 2011

The Timeless Child is THE DOCTOR? Oh, for God's sake!


Top Cop

That would've been a goal if he hadn't fallen down.

TwoStepBoog
Apr 12, 2008



lmao dwyer

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


whypick1 posted:

Dom Dwyer fell down? I'm shocked

TheBoyBlunder
Jul 3, 2004

Anyone else have the munchies?

Sometimes you donít want the live game audio eh?

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


When did Miami sign Diego Maradona?

paddyboat
Feb 20, 2013

Maxi, Maxi Rodriguez
Run down the wing for me

Miami should work on their finishing imho.

paddyboat
Feb 20, 2013

Maxi, Maxi Rodriguez
Run down the wing for me

...also they should sign Edinson Cavani, a literal pirate man

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


Garber says decision on Nashville will happen overnight.

Edward Mass
Sep 14, 2011

The Timeless Child is THE DOCTOR? Oh, for God's sake!


Top Cop

paddyboat posted:

Miami should work on their finishing imho.

They finished.

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


Something happened!

TwoStepBoog
Apr 12, 2008



that was quick

whypick1 posted:

Garber says decision on Nashville will happen overnight.

rip nashville

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



Covid just kicked in. First of the tourney.

Oscar Wild
Apr 11, 2006


EL BROMANCE posted:

Covid just kicked in. First of the tourney.

Covid will score more than Orlando

whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


Dwyer elbowed him in the throat, no?

paddyboat
Feb 20, 2013

Maxi, Maxi Rodriguez
Run down the wing for me

that kidís getting destroyed out there

lmao of course it was the dom

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



Yeah, didnít see it on the live and I thought he dived but saw it on the replay.

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whypick1
Dec 18, 2009

Just another jackass on the Internet


Well there goes any good feelings that came from this tourney starting.

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