Major League Soccer and MLS Players Association have agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday. The new revised approved agreement will run through 2025 and will also see the season resume at a later date in July in Orlando.
The regular season was suspended after only the second week of fixtures on March 12 due to COVID-19.
“With, the keyword here is the uncertainty as to when we could return, how many games we could have, what we could have deliver to our media partners and to our national and corporate partners, have forced us to come up with a plan that we can ensure at least allows us to get back in front of fans,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said during a conference call Wednesday afternoon.
According to Garber, the tournament will take place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex and will include all 26 teams, where they will play three group-stage games.
The winner will be awarded with $1 million and a trophy. Teams would spend a maximum of 35 days in Orlando.
Garber also stated the players would be tested for COVID-19 before arriving in Orlando and while they are there.
At the moment, Garber is not sure when teams will be able to play in their home markets again, but he said more than likely, those games will be played without fans.
MLS approved voluntary small-group training sessions consisting of only six players on June 1.
Garber said more details of the Orlando plan will be released at a later date.