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Canadian MLS teams to play home games in U.S.

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TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 21: Michael Bradley #4 of Toronto FC gestures to the referee during an MLS game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BMO Field on August 21, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK -- MLS schedule update: The three Canadian Major League Soccer teams will each play a “home” game in the United States as the league’s regular season continues.

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The MLS has been announcing the 2020 regular season schedule in increments because of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on travel to Canada. Each MLS team will compete in three matches from Sept. 18-27.

Note: American citizens are currently barred from entering Canada due to the high volume of COVID-19 cases currently active in the United States. Anyone eligible to enter into Canada must present a 14-day quarantine plan prior to coming into contact with anyone in the country.
Because of travel restrictions, the Montreal Impact will host a match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey; Toronto FC will host a game in Hartford, Connecticut; and the Vancouver Whitecaps will host a game in Portland, Oregon.

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The league on Friday also announced qualification details for the playoffs. Eight teams for the 12-team Western Conference will qualify. The top six seeds in the 14-team Eastern Conference will qualify, while the No. 7 through No. 10 seeds will compete in a play-in match.

The MLS Cup is set for Dec. 12.