Countdown to MLS is Back - 6 Days

Countdown to MLS is Back presented by Children's Mercy Sports Medicine Center | 6 Days: What players are saying about the tournament

For the first time since match play was suspended March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Soccer action will resume July 8 with the historic and unprecedented MLS is Back Tournament. This one-of-a-kind competition will see all 26 clubs descend on ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, marking the emphatic return of men's professional soccer in the United States after a near four-month hiatus.

As the opening match approaches, is presenting a 20-day preview of the World-Cup style tournament from June 18 through July 7 called Countdown to MLS is Back presented by Children's Mercy Sports Medicine Center.

Sporting Kansas City will kick off their Group D campaign on July 12 against rivals Minnesota United FC before facing the Colorado Rapids on July 17 and Real Salt Lake on July 22, with all three games shown live nationally on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN app. To visit the series homepage as it expands, head to

As Sporting Kansas City prepares to depart for Disney World this weekend, Manager Peter Vermes and several players have made remarks about the highly anticipated MLS is Back Tournament. In this edition of the countdown, catch up on the full gamut of recent interviews from Compass Minerals National Performance Center and elsewhere.

Defender Matt Besler

Forward Gerso Fernandes

Defender Jaylin Lindsey

Midfielder Ilie Sanchez

Forward Khiry Shelton

Defender Graham Zusi

Manager Peter Vermes