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How to watch MLS on US TV

How to watch MLS on US TV

If you’re trying to find out where to watch MLS on US TV, you’ve come to the right place.

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.

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Where to watch MLS on US TV

MLS games are televised across FOX Sports (FS1 or FOX), ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+, 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; $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually). 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.

SEE MORE: Schedule of MLS games on US TV and streaming

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.

Streaming Providers

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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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Larry Kern

    May 12, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    OR you could watch real football instead…large energetic crowds do NOT necessarily indicate quality…the MLS is a perfect example…Europe is full of amazing leagues…why waste your time!?

  2. TC

    May 11, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    (Junk sports) ESPN (1, 2, u, deportes, +) represents the worst of manipulative marketing in an attempt to squeeze every last dollar of discretionary spending out of television consumers. You can now see how the college conference networks have learned from ESPN’s lowlife tactics and are following suit by using their control over the individual member universities (and cable TV systems) to geographically split any quality live broadcasts (running mostly junk sports/reruns the rest of the time) and to block all free media broadcasts (TV, locally-produced streaming, and radio). Consumers should refuse to play this game – pay down your debt/save some money for retirement! Kudos to FOX for having some integrity and offering a fair amount of live sports coverage on it’s national network/local affiliates.
    (Original question) For what it’s worth – Univision (available OTA in most metro areas) broadcasts one MLS game most Saturday afternoons in Spanish language commentary with English language commentary available via SAP.

  3. Jane

    May 11, 2019 at 12:27 am

    I tried espn+ also and have the same opinion….gharbage. why are Saturday games NOT available on network ttv? Is there some sort of pla mlm to rum MLS out of the USA? We are left with tons of uninteresting junk sports by the hundreds!! Why???

  4. Mike Hamilton

    March 2, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    so I was checking on if my MLS live renewed yet, and went looking at the site.
    I found this support page
    https://live.mlssoccer.com/support/faq/billing

    which states “MLS Live is available to end-users free of charge. No credit card payment is required for access.”

    is MLS Live free for 2018? am I reading this right? there is a “subscribe” link on live.mlssoccer.com and (think I found answer myself) on the page it goes to says “NEW FOR 2018
    You can watch LIVE out-of-market matches at home or on the road for FREE simply by signing up for MLS LIVE.” and then the button on that page just says “Sign up”

    Was this know, and I just missed the announcement it would be free this year?

    • Christopher Harris

      March 2, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      All of the games will be available for free via MLSsoccer.com until ESPN Plus is ready to launch in April or May.

      • Will

        May 9, 2018 at 10:12 pm

        Besides espn+ , which in my opinion is complete garbage compared to the OLD LIVE platform..what other ways can I catch the mls games? I tried to use espn+ but it is horrible….

  5. C. How

    August 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    When does univision air their MLS review show (Somos MLS ?)? you mentioned it in a recent pod, but I don’t see anything in my DTV guide. TY!

    • Christopher Harris

      August 19, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      The next episode is on Monday at 9pm ET on Univision Deportes Network. I’m not sure if it’s on every Monday at the same time, but it’s worth checking out.

      • Rand

        March 5, 2018 at 4:18 pm

        Do you happen to know if this show will be back again for this season? Thanks

        • Christopher Harris

          March 5, 2018 at 5:26 pm

          Yes, it’s on every Monday night on Univision Deportes this season. It’s entitled “Somos MLS.”

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