Where EAST meets the Northwest
MLS IS BACK. Bill Tuiloma (#25) of the Portland Timbers competes for the ball
during Major League Soccer’s MLS is Back Tournament. The Timbers, which finished
atop Group F, won its quarterfinal match against New York City FC and will now
play in a semifinal matchup again the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, August 5.
The championship game is scheduled for August 11. (Photo/Matthew Stith & Devin
L’Amoreaux, courtesy of Major League Soccer)
From The Asian Reporter, V30, #09 (August 3, 2020), page 8.
MLS is Back Tournament narrowed down to four clubs
After having its season postponed in mid-March, Major League Soccer (MLS)
kicked off its official restart — the MLS is Back Tournament — on July 8. Nearly
a month later, the World Cup-style competition will feature its semifinal round
this week and the championship match is scheduled for August 11.
The tournament featured four teams placed into six groups. During the
tourney, players, club staff, officials, and other participants have been housed
within a quarantine bubble in Florida.
Action for the Portland Timbers started July 13 as part of Group F and with a
2-1 win over the L.A. Galaxy. In its second match on July 18, the squad defeated
the Houston Dynamo, 2-1. In the final group game on July 23, the team tied Los
Angeles FC, 2-2.
The Timbers emerged from its group as the top team. Seeding into the knockout
round led to a July 28 Round of 16 match against FC Cincinnati, which ended in a
1-1 draw. To determine which squad would advance to the next round, a
penalty-kick shootout was held, with the Timbers prevailing 4-2. In the August 1
quarterfinal match against New York City FC, the Timbers won 3-1.
The first semifinal game, scheduled for Wednesday, August 5 at 5:00pm,
features the Timbers and the Philadelphia Union. The winner of that match will
meet the victor of the Thursday semifinal between Minnesota United and Orlando
To learn more, visit <www.portlandtimbers.com>.
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