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MLS: Nashville SC at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Today Major League Soccer drew groups for it’s MLS Is Back tournament in Southern Florida. The Timbers found themselves in Group F along with LAFC, Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo. In a surprising turn of events, unlike the U.S. Open Cup - the Timbers were not paired against the Sounders in the same group.

Teams are to are to report to Florida by the 24th of the month with and eye on starting the tournament on July 8th and it will run through August 11th. With the Los Angeles Football Club, comes the number one seed, and with the Timbers picked last in the group, that means the Timbers will have to really bring their A game right out of the gate.

Here are the groups for the MLS is Back Tournament

GROUP A

Eastern Conference

  1. Orlando City SC
  2. Inter Miami CF
  3. New York City FC
  4. Philadelphia Union
  5. Chicago Fire FC
  6. Nashville SC

GROUP B

Western Conference

  1. Seattle Sounders FC
  2. FC Dallas
  3. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  4. San Jose Earthquakes

GROUP C

Eastern Conference

  1. Toronto FC
  2. New England Revolution
  3. Montreal Impact
  4. D.C. United

GROUP D

Western Conference

  1. Real Salt Lake
  2. Sporting Kansas City
  3. Colorado Rapids
  4. Minnesota United FC

GROUP E

Eastern Conference

  1. Atlanta United FC
  2. FC Cincinnati
  3. New York Red Bulls
  4. Columbus Crew SC

GROUP F

Western Conference

  1. LAFC
  2. LA Galaxy
  3. Houston Dynamo
  4. Portland Timbers FC

As with most tournaments, I can’t hazard a guess how this is all going to go down - especially in the leagues 25th season.

From the Timbers:

Group stage matches will count in the MLS regular season standings and the tournament winner will earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. In addition to matches that count in the regular season standings and the Champions League berth, players will have the opportunity to earn additional bonuses as part of a $1.1 million prize pool.

KEY DATES

June 24: Teams begin arriving in Florida

July 8: MLS is Back Tournament group stage begins

July 25-28: Round-of-16

July 30- Aug. 1: Quarterfinals

August 5-6: Semifinals

August 11: MLS is Back Tournament Final

MLS IS BACK TOURNAMENT – July 8 – August 11

Number of Matches: 54 (39 group; 15 knockout)

No. of matchdays: 26

Format: Group Stage, followed by Round-of-16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Championship match

Minimum Matches: 3 (per club)

Maximum Matches: 7 (per club)