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  • 2021 MLS Season Broadcast Guide

    2021 MLS Season Broadcast Guide: Where to watch in the USA, Canada and Internationally

    April 16, 2021 By Juan Aguerrevere
    Topics: MLS, ABC, FOX, Univision, UniMas, ESPN, ESPN+, Twitter, TUDN, FS1, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO, TVA Sports, TSN, LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union, LAFC, Inter Miami CF, Atlanta United, Austin FC
    The 2021 Major League Soccer season kicks off on Friday, April 16, and we have you covered with everything you need to know about the competition.

    As a condition to host the 1994 World Cup, FIFA demanded the USA have a competitive soccer league. As a result, Major League Soccer was born in 1996 with 10 teams. Since then, the league has expanded to 27 teams and is divided into the Eastern and Western conferences.

    MLS's regular season usually runs from March to October, with the top seven sides from each division making it to the playoffs. The team with the most points at the end of the regular season is awarded the Supporters Shield and the winner of the post-season is awarded the MLS Cup. Also, the winner of each title earns the right to play in the CONCACAF Champions League.

    LA Galaxy, one of the league's original teams, is the club with the most MLS Cup titles – five – to their name. D.C. United follows suit with four trophies, but they have failed to triumph again since they last won it in 2004.

    The 2021 MLS season will see the introduction of a new franchise – Austin FC. MLS plans to expand to 29 teams by 2023. Las Vegas, Phoenix, Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville and San Diego are all candidate cities for future expansion.

    When does the 2021 MLS regular season begin?

    The 2021 MLS regular season begins on Friday, April 16, with two games on opening day. 

    Tab Ramos' Houston Dynamo will host Matias Almeyda's San Jose Earthquakes at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live exclusively on ESPN+ in the USA. 

    The Seattle Sounders will welcome Minnesota United at CenturyLink Field on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.

    Which teams will be playing in the 2021 MLS season?

    Who are the current MLS Cup champions?

    The Columbus Crew lifted their second MLS Cup after defeating the Seattle Sounders 3-0 in the 2020 MLS Cup final. Argentine attacking midfielder Lucas Zelarayan led the Crew to victory with a brace in the final. Columbus denied Seattle back-to-back MLS Cup wins.

    On the other hand, the Philadelphia Union won the Supporters Shield – regular season title – by finishing first in points overall during the regular season.

    Important dates in the 2021 MLS season

    Opening weekend

    Stadium Openers

    Heineken Rivalry week

    Decision Day 

    Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs

    MLS Cup

    What are the MLS broadcast channels in the USA and Canada?

    The 2021 season will see a record 37 network broadcast windows across ABC, FOX and Univision and UniMás, in the U.S., with seven more to be broadcast on CTV in Canada.

    MLS in the USA (English language)

    ABC will broadcast five matches in 2021, while 27 matches will be shown on ESPN, with 350 regional broadcasts to be streamed exclusively on ESPN+ for fans throughout the U.S. ESPN+ subscriptions are priced $5.99 a month (WARNING: in-market games will not be available). 

    FOX will carry seven matches, with a further 25 on FS1.All matches will be simulcast in Spanish on FOX Deportes and available on FOX Sports GO.

    MLS in the USA (Spanish language)

    Univision has a total of 11 matches in 2019 and UniMás will have 14, with games on both networks simulcast on TUDN and streamed live in English on Twitter.

    TUDN will air more than 25 regular season games and select playoff contests, including the MLS Cup, during the 2021 MLS season.

    MLS in Canada

    In Canada, TVA Sports will broadcast every CF Montreal match. TSN, meanwhile, will air every Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps game, in addition to a multitude of CF Montréal content.

    Regional channels by MLS team

    Each MLS franchise has a local television deal for local and regional broadcasts.

     

     

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