Sporting KC to open tournament play July 12 vs. Minnesota

Graham Zusi (left) and Sporting KC will face Minnesota United FC in their group play opener.
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The MLS Is Back Tournament is set, and Sporting Kansas City returns to action Sunday, July 12, in Orlando, Florida.

Each MLS team will play three group games before the knockout portion of the tournament, which runs from July 8-Aug. 11, begins. Sporting KC will play:

• July 12 vs. Minnesota United FC, 7 p.m.

• July 17 vs. Colorado Rapids, 7 p.m.

• July 22 vs. Real Salt Lake, 8 a.m.

These three matches will count in the MLS standings. Sporting enters tournament play with a 2-0 record.

Games will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Click HERE for the full tourney schedule.

The 26 MLS teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament, which will be played over 16 consecutive days.

Sixteen teams will advance to the knockout round, with the winner of the title game Aug. 11 earning a spot in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League.

The teams and select staff members will be sequestered during the tournament at two Disney resorts for the duration of the tournament.