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MLS Makes History by Setting Guinness World Records(TM) Title

August 10, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Major League Soccer announced today that it has been recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for the largest single location professional soccer tournament for the MLS is Back Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida.

The news comes in advance of the tournament's highly-anticipated championship match presented by Wells Fargo between the Portland Timbers and Orlando City SC on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, TSN and TVA.

"This GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title will forever be remembered because of the incredible teamwork of everyone involved in the MLS is Back Tournament including our players, officials, and the staff at our clubs and League. During a uniquely challenging time, MLS was able to bring soccer back safely," said Mark Abbott, MLS President and Deputy Commissioner. "We are one game away from concluding this historic competition, yet we have already made history in many ways. Thank you to our entire soccer community for their commitment to this ambitious project and thank you to GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for the recognition of this achievement."

MLS restarted the 2020 season on July 8 with MLS clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament. Approximately 750 players and nearly 500 staff participated in the tournament. With 51 matches in 35 days, the tournament was a compelling way for MLS to resume its milestone 25th season.

As part of the tournament, the League reimaged the soccer experience from home, with thousands of fans participating in virtual fan parties.

For the championship match, a professional artist representing each team will create a unique mural during the 90 minutes of the game, and Clubs will work with their supporters to design a virtual Tifo that will be displayed on the videoboards.

For more information on the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title and championship match, visit MLSsoccer.com.


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