- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Mark your calendars: We now know when D.C. United and Washington Spirit will play as part of their respective soccer leagues’ return-to-play tournaments this summer.

On Wednesday, The Athletic reported the full schedule for the “MLS is Back Tournament” ahead of its official release. The tournament will run from July 8 to Aug. 11 and serve as Major League Soccer’s return to competition after the coronavirus pandemic halted the season two weeks in.

D.C. United plays three games in Group C of the World Cup-style tournament before the event moves into a knockout-style bracket format. Those games will be:

  • July 10 vs. Toronto FC, 8 p.m., ESPN
  • July 16 vs. New England Revolution, 8 p.m., FS1
  • July 21 vs. Montreal Impact, 10:30 p.m., TUDN (formerly Univision) and TVA Sports

If United advances out of Group C, its first game in the knockout stage will be either July 25 or 27. All games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, without fans.

The National Women’s Soccer League had to update its schedule for the NWSL Challenge Cup after the Orlando Pride decided to drop out due to an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst the team.

Here are the Spirit’s first four games before the tournament advances to a bracket:

  • June 27 vs. Chicago Red Stars, 10 p.m.
  • July 1 vs. North Carolina Courage, 10 p.m.
  • July 5 vs. Portland Thorns, 10 p.m.
  • July 12 vs. Houston Dash, 12:30 p.m.

All games will be streamed on CBS All Access and re-air on the CBS Sports Network. The final will be shown live on CBS on July 26 at 12:30 p.m. All games will be played in two stadiums in Utah without fans.

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