ESPN+ has a hefty number of soccer games coming in June.
For most of the world, the summer months are time for friendlies and international competitions. Of course, with the World Cup scheduled for November of this year rather than the summer, there might seem like even more of a void than usual. However, this is the first time in two years that the summer is open to frequent international travel. Therefore, there are club friendlies and international competitions going on again.
That being said, the international soccer schedule is jumbled up when it comes to providers and channels carrying certain teams or leagues. You can access ESPN+ for $6.99 per month. Or, you could opt for the Disney Bundle, which is $13.99 per month. This provides access to ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu.
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Here are some of the soccer games coming to ESPN+ in June:
USMNT vs. Grenada – CONCACAF Nations League – Friday, June 10, 10 p.m. ET
Looking at the notable games featuring on the streaming service this month, the highlight comes from the USMNT. As the United States looks to defend its CONCACAF Nations League title, it opens the competition against Grenada on June 10. Again, that game is exclusive to ESPN+ in the United States.
Girona vs. Tenerife – LaLiga Playoff Final First Leg – Saturday, June 11, 3 p.m. ET
ESPN’s acquisition of LaLiga prior to the 2021/22 season, the focus rested on Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. In the United States, the promotion and relegation battle from the second tier does not take center stage. However, the drama and intrigue of promotion for Spanish sides is always something to follow. Over two legs, Tenerife and Girona will play for promotion into Spain’s top flight.
Tenerife vs. Girona – LaLiga Playoff Final Second Leg – Sunday, June 19, 3 p.m. ET
The second leg of this tie comes a full nine days after the first. This is based on aggregate score. Away goals rule is in effect for this playoff, with extra time and penalties also in effect when tied.
There are three leagues that feature from the United States on the ESPN+ soccer schedule in June. Major League Soccer, USL Championship and USL League One all have soccer games on ESPN+ in June. Here are some of the highlights from that schedule.
Miami FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies – USL Championship – Saturday, June 11, 7 p.m. ET
This is becoming something of a rivalry in the development of soccer in Florida. Both clubs may take a backseat to their MLS counterparts in terms of popularity. However, battles in the US Open Cup and now a continued rivalry in the USL Championship reignited this Florida derby.
Detroit City FC vs. Sacramento Republic FC – USL League One – Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. ET
If there is one team to keep an eye on from USL League One, it is Detroit City FC. The club has one of the strongest followings from an American club outside of Major League Soccer. Plus, the club can clearly put some success together. While out of the US Open Cup, Detroit City eliminated MLS side Columbus Crew in the third round.
NYCFC vs. Colorado Rapids – MLS – Sunday, June 19, 5 p.m. ET
Looking at the 2021 season, these two clearly had success. NYCFC lifted its first MLS Cup, while Colorado finished top of the Western Conference. Playoff success did not come, but that may not be the case this year. Colorado is off to a slower start approaching the halfway point in the season. Meanwhile, NYCFC tops the Eastern Conference.
Charlotte FC vs. Austin FC – MLS – Thursday, June 30, 7 p.m. ET
The two newest sides in Major League Soccer have passionate fan bases. Plus, they both exhibit some success at the turn of the season. Playoffs are well in the discussion for both teams, giving this game an extra edge from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
US Open Cup
Finally, one major competition airing on ESPN+ in June is the US Open Cup. This tournament includes all clubs in the United States from Major League Soccer to amateur teams affiliated with US Soccer.
Currently, the competition is in the quarterfinals.
LA Galaxy vs. Sacramento Republic FC – Tuesday, June 21, 10:30 p.m. ET
Sacramento is the only USL Championship side remaining in the competition. It travels to the two-time winners of the competition in the quarterfinals.
New York Red Bulls vs. NYCFC – Wednesday, June 22, 8 p.m. ET
A New York derby with a chance to reach the semifinals of the US Open Cup. Both clubs seek their first Lamar Hunt US Open Cup trophy win.
Sporting KC vs. Union Omaha – Wednesday, June 22, 8:30 p.m. ET
Another underdog story, Union Omaha is the lowest team remaining in the American soccer pyramid. The USL League One side takes on the most successful side in the tournament’s history that is still active and operational.
Orlando City vs. Nashville SC – Wednesday, June 29, 7 p.m. ET
Another all-MLS battle from relatively new clubs. The winner is the last club to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament.
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