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NYCFC reveal their three group stage games in MLS Tournament

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New York City’s Group A matches have been announced

Invictus Games, Opening Ceremony, Orlando, America - 08 May 2016 Photo By Tim Rooke - Pool /Getty Images

The MLS is Back Tournament is to begin on July 8 in Disney World. Whether or not that is a good idea I leave up to people far more educated than me. Regardless, as of right now, the return of men’s soccer in America is set for the first week in July.

Yesterday, New York City FC — who were drawn into Group A, the largest in the tournament — announced their Group Stage schedule.

NYCFC’s three matches (which do count towards their MLS standings) will be against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday, July 9 at 9:00 AM (ET). The Blues then play the de facto hosts in Orlando City on Tuesday, July 14 at 10:30 PM (ET) before finishing off their group stage against the Chicago Fire on Sunday, July 19 at 8:00 PM (ET).

After all group stage matches have been completed, the top three teams in Group A will advance to the Knockout Phase of the MLSIB tournament.

The start times of these games are completely all over the place. “I don’t remember even in my youth having played at 9 AM,” said NYCFC captain Alexander Ring in a media conference call on Wednesday. “I think the earliest was 11 [AM], so I don’t know when we have to get up for [training], probably at 5 AM.”

Despite the non-optimal start times, the Ringleader would go on to iterate that it was a “compromise” to returning to play.