Where to watch MLS Live on US TV
Major League Soccer is America’s grandest stage of domestic soccer competition. Just a decade back, the tournament was much underrated but since the last few years it has gained the popularity rapidly. In fact, the competition is getting more and more attention from the viewers with each passing year. So many super stars from European club football, joined MLS during the latest phase of their career. David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and many more came and blessed the league with their golden touches. In this article, we will discuss about how to watch, stream and listen MLS actions live in USA and Canada.
Major League Soccer Broadcasting TV Channel Networks in United States:
The authority made a 8 years lengthy mega deal with FOX Sports network, ESPN network and Univision network which started in 2015 and now at the verge of 2021, that’s a pretty much old news to all. All the TV channel networks alluded above will enjoy the broadcasting right until 2022 when the contract will expire after a mammoth 8 years journey. There has been availability of English language broadcasting, Spanish language broadcasting and even the matches have been televised through the regional broadcasting TV channels as well.
English Language National Television Broadcasters of MLS:
FOX Sports network airs the game on national level through it’s major channels FOX and FS1 in English language. The network televises 34+ regular season games along with 8/7 play-off matches each season. On the other hand, ESPN network televises the games live in English language through ESPN, ESPN2 and also via ABC. The trio of channels too will air 34+ regular season fixtures as well as 8/7 play-off encounters throughout the season.
ESPN and FOX Sports 1 alternates the MLS Cup and MLS All Star game each year according to the agreement between themselves. Nevertheless, the annual right fee for both the networks will be 75 million USD. As you know, all these channels will be available via satellite provider Dish Network and DirecTV as well as plenty of Cable TV providers. However, the Spanish language broadcasters Univision network channel matches can also be watched with English audio on SAP.
Spanish Language National Television Broadcasters of MLS:
Univision network holds the Spanish language broadcasting right of MLS in USA and the annual right fee is 15 million USD. The network airs 34+ regular season fixtures and 4 play-off clashes through TUDN, Univision and UniMas. FOX Deportes, the Spanish language channel of FOX network, simulcast all the FOX and FS1 games in Spanish just except the MLS Cup or MLS All Star game. Very similarly, ESPN’s Spanish language signal ESPN Deportes provides simultaneous broadcast of ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC matches excluding the MLS Cup and MLS All Star clash.
Chart of MLS National Level Broadcasting TV Channels in America:
|Network||TV Channel Name||Satellite Provider||Contract and Right Fee|
|FOX Sports Network||FOX||Dish Network and DirecTV||8 Years; Started in 2015, Expire in 2022. Annual Right Fee 75 Million USD.|
|FS1||Dish Network and DirecTV|
|FOX Deportes||Dish Network and DirecTV|
|ESPN Network||ESPN||Dish Network and DirecTV||8 Years; Started in 2015, Expire in 2022. Annual Right Fee 75 Million USD.|
|ESPN2||Dish Network and DirecTV|
|ABC||Dish Network and DirecTV|
|ESPN Deportes||Dish Network and DirecTV|
|Univision Network||Univision||Dish Network and DirecTV||8 Years; Started in 2015, Expire in 2022. Annual Right Fee 15 Million USD.|
|TUDN||Dish Network and DirecTV|
|UniMas||Dish Network and DirecTV|
How to Catch the MLS Actions Live Via Online Streaming in US?
Nowadays, many of the fans are switching towards the online streaming service and sources to watch soccer. Watchers in USA can enjoy the MLS actions live through plenty of online streaming sources. The most useful sources are:
- fuboTV: One of the best platforms in USA to enjoy MLS and so many other soccer leagues. This source gives access to FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes, Univision, UniMas, TUDN and you can enjoy all these channels for 70.99 US Dollar per month only. It’s packages varies from $59.99 up to $79.99. Purchasing any of the plan and then Adding On “Sports Plus” for 11 USD more will give you unlimited soccer action.
- Sling TV: Sling TV’s 2 different package Sling Blue and Sling Orange each cost 30 USD while the combined package cost 45 USD. Purchasing Sling Orange and adding on “Sports Extra” for $10 more will provide FOX, FS1, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and loads of soccer games.
- Hulu+ Live: It contains FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and has a monthly subscription fee of 54.99 USD.
- AT&T TV: FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes are available through AT&T TV which costs 59.99-129.99 USD per month according to different plans.
- YouTube TV: YouTube TV is full of entertainment and also includes some of the soccer channels like FOX, FS1, ESPN, ESPN2.
- Vidgo: Vidgo provides FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and it’s sports friendly package will make you pay 40 US Dollar per month.
Our Recommended Online Streaming Source:
ESPN’s subscription only streaming service ESPN+ will provide hundreds of out of market MLS games to the viewers. Many of the Saturday encounters are not available on national level television. Those matches can be watched through ESPN+ (also through regional broadcasting channels). Viewers can also watch replays of the ESPN network televised game, available 48 hours after the final whistle. ESPN+ is the best option for watching many MLS matches online and we recommend you to subscribe it. The service can be subscribed monthly or annually and will cost 5.99 US Dollar and 49.99 US Dollar respectively.
Chart of MLS Online Streaming Sources and Costs in US:
|Online Streaming Source or Service||Available TV Channels||Cost|
|fuboTV||FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes, Univision, UniMas, TUDN||59.99-79.99 USD Per Month (Add On “Sports Plus” for 11 USD More)|
|Sling TV||FOX, FS1, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes||30 USD Per Month (Add On “Sports Extra for 10 USD More)|
|Hulu+ Live||FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes||54.99 USD Per Month|
|AT&T TV||FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes||59.99-129.99 USD Per Month|
|YouTube TV||FOX, FS1, ESPN, ESPN2||64.99 USD Per Month|
|Vidgo||FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes||29.99-39.99 USD Per Month|
|ESPN+||5.99 USD Per Month, 49.99 USD Per Year|
Radio Broadcasting of MLS in USA:
Radio listeners in United States can also listen live coverage and match commentaries of MLS fixtures through various radio stations. To know more information, please have a look at the chart below:
|Radio Channel or Station||Event Type|
|ESPN Radio||Live Coverage of MLS Matches (English Language)|
|ESPN Deportes Radio||Live Coverage of MLS Matches (Spanish Language)|
|SiriusXM FC||Loads of Coverage and Match Commentary|
|TuneIn Radio||Specialized Team Broadcast|
MLS Broadcasting Television Networks in Canada:
TSN (The Sports Network) holds the broadcasting right of Major League Soccer in English language in Canada. After renewing (2017) their previously earned right the network will enjoy the facility until 2021. Matches will be available via a wide range of network that includes TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5. However, a limited number of matches are also broadcast in English language through CTV. Apart from these, TVA Sports holds the broadcasting right of the competition fixtures live in French language.
|Broadcasting TV Channel Network||Satellite Providers||Broadcasting Language|
|TSN (TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5)||Bell Satellite TV, Shaw Direct||English|
|CTV||Bell Satellite TV, Shaw Direct||English|
|TVA Sports||Bell Satellite TV, Shaw Direct||French|
Ways to Enjoy MLS Encounters Live Via Online Streaming in Canada:
Popular service DAZN acquired the online streaming right of MLS clashes live in Canada in 2018 and provides live and on demand service in the country. Viewers in Canada can watch all the MLS matches through this platform. However, you can watch the matches live of the US based clubs only. On the contrary, Canada based clubs matches are shown delayed. Those matches are generally provided 48 hours later since the game finishes due to national TV schedule through TSN and TVA Sports. Viewers can subscribe the service both in monthly and yearly packages which cost 20 Canadian Dollar and 150 Canadian Dollar respectively. DAZN also offers the potential new customers a free trial facility of 30 days.
TSN’s online only pass also offers you the MLS matches live. You can subscribe it on diurnal, monthly and yearly based system. Daily pass will cost you 4.99 Canadian Dollar following by the monthly and 6 months pass costing $19.99 and $99.95 respectively. Apart from these, viewers can stream TVA Sports online for Free.
MLS Regional Broadcasters Chart in USA and Canada:
A big number of Saturday fixtures are not available on National television and can be watched through regional broadcasting channels (also through ESPN+). To watch those fixtures live, the following chart will be a handy one who doesn’t have much knowledge about regional broadcasting channels. As you know, among the 26 sides of MLS, 3 are from Canada. Montreal Impact’s matches are broadcast through TVA Sports. Meanwhile TSN serves as the regional broadcasting TV channel of Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC fixtures. Other 23 US based MLS side’s matches are broadcast through plenty of regional broadcasters within the specific region.
|Team||Conference||Regional Broadcasting Network or Channel|
|Atlanta United FC||Eastern||Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southeast|
|Chicago Fire||Eastern||ESPN+, WGN Sports|
|Columbus Crew SC||Eastern||SportsTime Ohio, Fox Sports Ohio|
|D.C. United||Eastern||WJLA 24/7 News|
|FC Dallas||Western||Fox Sports Southwest, KTXA|
|Houston Dynamo||Western||KHOU, KTBU|
|Inter Miami CF||Eastern||WFOR, WBFS|
|Los Angeles FC||Western||YouTube TV, KRCA|
|LA Galaxy||Western||Spectrum SportsNet|
|Minnesota United||Western||Fox Sports North|
|Montreal Impact||Eastern||TVA Sports|
|Nashville SC||Western||WZTV, WUXP, WNAB|
|New England Revolution||Eastern||NBC Sports Boston|
|New York City FC||Eastern||YES Network|
|New York Red Bulls||Eastern||MSG Network|
|Orlando City SC||Eastern||WRBW|
|Philadelphia Union||Eastern||WPHL-TV, WPVI-TV, Localish|
|Portland Timbers||Western||Root Sports Northwest, KPTV, KPDX|
|Real Salt Lake||Western||KMYU, KUTV|
|San Jose Earthquakes||Western||NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Bay Area, KNTV, KSTS|
|Seattle Sounders FC||Western||Root Sports Northwest, KCPQ, KZJO, Prime Video|
|Sporting Kansas City||Western||Fox Sports Kansas City|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||Western||TSN|