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About Major League Soccer
The Major League Soccer, or MLS, is known to be the top-rated football league in the United States.
Several years back, FIFA demanded the country to have an operational football league in order to grant the U.S. the right to host the 1994 World Cup. The league’s first season came in 1996, with 10 teams battling to win the title. Since then, the league has expanded to 20 teams, divided in the Eastern and Western conferences.
The MLS’ regular season runs from March to October, with 12 teams making it to the playoffs. The winner of the post-season is awarded the MLS Cup and also earns the right to play in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The league implemented a number of rules that tried to make the sport more popular among American fans, such as a countdown clock and shootouts to determine the winner of a tie game. Nevertheless, the league dropped those rules to use FIFA’s International Board rules for good since the 2003 season.
Los Angeles Galaxy, one of the league’s original teams, is the club with the most titles until today, with five MLS Cups to their name. D.C. United has won four trophies, but they have failed to triumph again since 2004. Portland Timbers, a team that made its debut in the league back in 2011, is the current MLS Cup holder.
The league plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020. Atlanta FC, Los Angeles FC, Minnesota United and Miami FC are the teams lined up to join the league.
Did you know? Three teams have disappeared since the league’s creation in 1996. The Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion were folded by the league before the beginning of the 2002 season, while Chivas USA was dissolved following the end of the 2014 season.
Watching MLS On Television in English
MLS has two broadcasters splitting the nationally televised games between ESPN (with games on ESPN and ESPN 2) and Fox Sports One (FS1). They acquired the rights in 2014 from ESPN/NBC Sports in a contract that runs through the 2022 season. The two networks alternate broadcasting the MLS All-Star Game yearly and both networks share broadcast of the games for the MLS Cup playoffs. Here is the breakdown of how you can watch Major League Soccer on ESPN and Fox:
MLS on ESPN & ESPN2
MLS on FS1
The flagship sports station for Fox broadcast their game of the week on Sunday nights in a double header with ESPN.
MLS Direct Kick
In addition to the nationally televised packages, you can watch non-nationally televised out of market matched on your television thought the MLS Direct Kick package. MLS Direct kick is available in the form of a subscription package from DirecTV, Dish Network and most cable providers.
Watching MLS on television in Spanish
The Univision family of networks, along with ESPN Deportes and Fox Deportes, broadcasts national MLS games in the United States with Spanish commentary. In addition, Univision will broadcast the MLS All-Star game in Spanish and select MLS Cup playoff matches.
Spanish language commentary of every MLS match on Fox (including the playoffs) is available on Fox Deportes.
On Friday nights, UniMás will have Spanish language cover of MLS (English commentary is also available using you SAP button).
Select MLS matches are broadcast by Univision Deportes.
MLS Regional Television
In addition to national television coverage each MLS franchise has a local television deal for local and regional broadcasts.
- Chicago Fire - CSN Chicago and CSN Chicago+
- Colorado Rapids - Altitude
- Columbus Crew - CW Columbus and TWC Sports Channel
- DC United – News Channel 8
- FC Dallas - TXA 21, Time Warner Cable Sports
- Houston Dynamo - ROOT SPORTS
- LA Galaxy - TWCS and TWCD
- New England Revolution - Comcast SportsNet
- New York City FC - YES Network
- New York Red Bulls - MSG
- Orlando City SC -TV 27
- Philadelphia Union - The Comcast Network
- Portland Timbers - KPDX and ROOT SPORTS
- Real Salt Lake - KMYU
- San Jose Earthquakes - CSN Bay Area and CSN California
- Seattle Sounders - Q13 FOX, JOEtv, Univision Seattle (KUNS TV) and ROOT Sports (outside Seattle)
- Sporting Kansas - KMCI-TV
Watching MLS Online
There are plenty of options to choose from to watch Major League Soccer in both English and Spanish online.
Sling TV streams ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, FS1, Univision, Univision Deportes and UniMás with on-demand capability but no DVR service. You can sign up for a free seven day trial, after that there are various packages that offer MLS streaming for as little as a $10 per month subscription.
Out of market and non-national TV broadcasted MLS games can be watched live on MLS Live through an annual or monthly subscription. National television matches are available to watch on the service 48 hours after the match. MLS Live is compatible with: Cable or satellite subscribers of select cable and satellite providers offer access to Fox Sports GO for online streaming of every MLS match that a Fox network broadcasts on your computer or mobile device.
Fox Soccer 2Go
Fox’s subscription streaming service, FOX Soccer 2GO, provides online streaming through most computers and mobile devices of every MLS match that a Fox network broadcasts.
Univisión offers a subscription service called Univision Now that has monthly and annual options. The service streams Univision and UniMás with DVR capability and a 72 hour window of on-demand access to certain programing after their initial airing. Univison Now can be accessed with:
MLS on the radio
MLS matches are available on the radio through ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio (Spanish commentary) and the FOX Sports Radio network. Check your local listings to see if there are network affiliates in your area.