Fresh off the completion of the MLS is Back Tournament, MLS announced another tournament of sorts as the upcoming return to play in the regular season was announced for all three of its Canadian teams.
Because of travel restrictions between the United States and Canada, the Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC will resume their regular seasons beginning Tuesday. The teams are scheduled to play each other in a round-robin format.
All games will count toward the MLS regular-season standings.
Nine games total will be contested between the teams, with the matchups concluding Sept. 16. There will even be an incentive for the team that finishes with the most points during the all-Canada matchups.
A spot in the 2020 Canadian Championship Final will be on the line for the top team in the round-robin format. That final will be a winner-take-all contest against the winner of the Canadian Premier League Island Games. The Canadian Championship Final winner will earn a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The opening two games among Canadian teams will have Vancouver playing at Toronto (Tuesday and Aug. 21). Montreal will return to action Aug. 25 when it plays host to Vancouver. The Whitecaps will not play a home game until Sept. 5 when they face Toronto.
MLS resumed its post-tournament regular-season schedule in the United States on Thursday as Nashville SC earned a 1-0 victory at FC Dallas. Neither team competed in the MLS is Back Tournament because of multiple positive COVID-19 tests on both sides.
--Field Level Media