With a new-look roster and a much-anticipated return to Soldier Field, 2020 was shaping up to be a big year for Chicago Fire FC. And while the year might look a lot different than we all imagined, you can bet our squad is as ready as ever to represent the best city in the world at the MLS Is Back Tournament in Orlando.

CFFC Revised Schedule - Group B

After a late schedule change moved CFFC to Group B, the squad took care of business in its MLS Is Back Tournament opener, taking down defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC, 2-1. An ensuing 2-0 defeat to group winners San Jose Earthquakes sets the stage for a win-and-advance scenario entering a matchup with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Catch the game Thursday (July 23) at 8 AM CT on ESPN.


Tournament Structure:

  • All matches hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

  • Tournament consists of round-robin group stages followed by knockout rounds, culminating on August 11.

  • Pre-tournament draw assigned teams to six groups, with each group consisting exclusively of Eastern or Western Conference teams.

  • MLS plans to continue the 2020 regular season in home markets following the tournament.


Why You Should Watch:

  • Live sports are back! With 16 straight days of group stage games and both morning and primetime kickoffs, the MLS is Back Tournament will fill the void we've all been experiencing.

  • As we've all seen in the FIFA World Cup, Concacaf Gold Cup and other major events, tournament football offers high-stakes drama with razor-thin margins between advancing and heading home.

  • These games count! Results of group stage matches will count toward the 2020 MLS regular season standings, and the tournament winner will earn a coveted spot in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League field.

  • The tournament will feature a wide mix of roster makeups, rivalries old and new, and a litany of teams and players with a lot to prove in 2020. A history of quirks and late-game heroics provide even casual MLS fans with reasons to tune-in.

The official start of Raphael Wicky's tenure as an MLS head coach saw his new-look Chicago Fire FC squad open the 2020 season with matches on opposite coasts less than seven days apart. Get up to speed on how the Fire roster came together and how they fared in their first two fixtures of the season.


Need a primer on your hometown club before kickoff of the MLS Is Back Tournament? Check out CFFC Faces of the Fire for fast facts on everything from the squad's longest-tenured player, to who's the best follow on TikTok, to who you can expect to have the ball at their feet when the game's on the line.