The Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles Football Club will resume their regular seasons on Aug. 22 with a televised match against each other at Banc of California Stadium, Major League Soccer announced Saturday.
The league’s 25th regular season will continue in the home markets of the 26 clubs beginning Wednesday, following the conclusion of the MLS is Back Tournament in Florida. That tournament — a one-off event to mark the league’s return to action after being suspended during the pandemic — is scheduled to conclude Tuesday.
The return will feature comprehensive health and safety protocols, including regular testing of players, coaches and essential staff for COVID-19, league officials said.
Following the LAFC match, the Galaxy will play the Seattle Sounders on Aug. 26 and the San Jose Earthquakes on Aug. 29, both at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. They’ll go on the road to play the Portland Timbers on Sept. 2, return home for another Sept. 6 match against LAFC in Carson, then play the Earthquake again in San Jose on Sept. 13.
LAFC will play Real Salt Lake in Utah on Aug. 26, the Sounders in Seattle on Aug. 20, the Earthquake at Banc of California Stadium on Sept. 2, and Portland at home on Sept. 13.
A full schedule with broadcast and kickoff times will be announced by early September as the league continues to work with infectious disease experts, league and club medical personnel, and government officials in all markets, the MLS said.
Each club will play 18 additional regular season games in a phased approach, culminating on Nov. 8. In an expansion of the postseason for 2020, 18 clubs will compete in the playoffs — up from 14 teams last year. The MLS Cup will be played on Dec. 12.
The majority of the matches will be played without fans in attendance.
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