Major League Soccer, or as you may know it, the MLS, announced on Wednesday that it has put forth a plan to return to action on July 8th at Walt Disney World.
All 26 clubs will be participating in the tournament hosted in the ESPN complex in Orlando, Florida and play in 16 consecutive days of “group stage games” that will of course be counted toward the regular season standings.
The events will be hosted without spectators, as we would all have assumed anyway.
Teams will be apportioned into one of six available groups decided via mean of a live draw taking place on Thursday, June 11th. The winning teams will go onto the Sotiabank Concacaf Champions League, where players will be eligible to receive a bonus from a $1.1 million dollar prize pool.
“The opportunity to have all 26 clubs in a controlled environment enables us to help protect the health of our players, coaches and staff as we return to play,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “We also recognize that the death of George Floyd and others has focused our country on issues of racial injustice, inequality and violence against black men and women.”
“We’re looking forward to bringing this exciting sport back to millions of fans, while prioritizing the health and well-being of the players, coaches and support staff as well as our cast members,” Josh D’Amaro, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products said in a statement.”
Okay, great job guys. You’ve covered all the requisite PR and public image bases that you needed to address in order to please everyone, said you’re excited to return, and put it all together in two cohesive public statements for all of Twitter to like. You’re officially good to resume.