If you’re trying to find out where to watch MLS on US TV, you’ve come to the right place.
Last updated: August 20, 2020
MLS is gaining popularity with each season. In fact, a recent ESPN poll showed that Major League Soccer has actually caught up with Major League Baseball’s following among 12- to 17-year-olds.
With plenty of new fans, MLS took advantage of a new television deal for 2015-2022. The league struck an eight-year deal with ESPN, FOX Sports, and Univision (for Spanish language telecasts) to broadcast Major League Soccer matches until the end of the 2022 season.
Where to watch MLS on US TV
MLS games are televised across FOX Sports (FS1 or FOX), ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, TUDN, Univision and UniMas.
Many Saturday MLS games are not available on national TV, but are instead shown on local TV networks (where available) or ESPN+ (paid subscription service; $5.99 per month). Plus matches are available via the MLS Direct Kick package from some TV providers.
On the new contract, former US Soccer President Sunil Gulati stated, “We are extremely pleased to have extended our partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision. The commitment made by our television partners to broadcast such a wide range and quantity of games demonstrates the growing demand for soccer in our country and provides a platform for our growing fan base to follow the game both for club and country.”
ESPN and FOX Sports 1 will alternate the MLS All-Star Game and MLS Cup each year under the agreement. Both sports networks will share both regular season matches and playoffs games, with Univision being able to air two playoff matches per season.
Courtesy of World Soccer Talk, download a complimentary copy of The Ultimate Soccer TV And Streaming Guide, which features details on where to watch all of the leagues from around the world on US TV and streaming.
In addition to the above coverage, cord cutters and soccer fans can watch MLS games via the following streaming options:
• fuboTV — features access to MLS games on FOX, FS1, Univision, TUDN and UniMás,
• Sling TV — includes FOX, FS1, ESPN and ESPN Deportes,
• Hulu Live — includes FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, FS1, FS2 and more,
• Vidgo – includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, FS1 and more.
Every season, MLS teams compete in the US Open Cup, a historic soccer tournament that unfortunately doesn’t get as much love or appreciation from soccer fans and media in the United States.
Major League Soccer’s current TV contract ends after the 2022 season. With the US Men’s National Team and US Women’s National Team being included in the same TV contract, expect a sizable increase in the leads-up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America as well as the growing popularity of the US Women’s Team.
If you have any questions about where to watch MLS on US TV, let us know in the comments section below.
MLS on radio
Radio listeners can tune into ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio for live coverage of live MLS matches. Streaming service TuneIn radio provides specialized team broadcasts of many top Major League Soccer clubs. SiriusXM FC also has plenty of coverage and commentary throughout the MLS season.
Many pubs and sports bars also show live matches of MLS games as well. To find a comprehensive list of pubs/sports bars that air your favorite Major League Soccer team’s matches, click here.
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