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How to stream LAFC vs. Philadelphia Union live

LAFC hosts a potential MLS Cup preview before heading into back-to-back CCL matches.

 

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Published Mar 8, 2020   Updated Mar 12, 2020, 1:14 pm CDT

Here’s everything you need to know to stream LAFC vs. Philadelphia Union live in MLS play.

Los Angeles FC vs. Philadelphia Union

  • When: 10:30pm ET, Sunday, March 8
  • Where: Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California
  • Broadcast: FS1
  • Streaming Services: Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, Vidgo, YouTube TV
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LAFC vs. Philadelphia Union: Preview

LAFC won its opening match of the season, a 1-0 victory over impressive new team Inter Miami, on the strength of a goal by reigning MVP Carlos Vela. The team’s also riding the high of beating Leon 3-0 to grab the 3-2 aggregate win in Concacaf Champions League last week, setting up a quarterfinal showdown with Cruz Azul starting Thursday.

The Union, meanwhile, has to overcome a season-opening loss to FC Dallas to get back into playoff contention mode. The Union arguably has an easier pathway as an East team than the crowded-with-talent West, but the East is looking competitive as well.

LAFC vs. Philadelphia Union live stream: How to watch MLS matches

The match is on FS1; these streaming services provide fans the opportunity to catch MLS action throughout the season.

1) FuboTV

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  • Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
  • FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)

FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network).

If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, 10 beIN SPORTS channels for La Liga and Ligue 1, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)

FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.


2) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)


3) Sling TV

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Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $30 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here.) Sling Blue also brings Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Headline News as part of its regular slate of channels, with Fox Business Channel available for those who get the Sling Blue News Extra add-on.

If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month.

Other features include a Free Cloud DVR tier for all subscribers (allowing 10 hours of recording a month), the ability to record all live linear channels, and no VOD preemption on any channels. New subscribers get $10 off the first month.

To add beIN SPORTS and ESPN Deportes and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)

Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Best of Spanish + Sling Orange for $35 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.


4) AT&T TV Now

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AT&T TV Now
  • Cost: $65-$135 per month
  • AT&T TV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be soccer fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


5) Vidgo

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  • Cost: $14.99-24.99 or $39.99-$49.99 per month
  • Vidgo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports, for sports fans. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.

College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks. 

If you just want your Vidgo en Español, it features programming from throughout the Americas and even Spain in two skinny packages. Both the Latino Streaming Plan ($14.99 per month) and Latino Mas Streaming Plan ($24.99 per month) include BeIN’s main Spanish-language channel, TyC Sports, and Azteca America, while the higher tier adds DAZN, Fox Deportes, and ESPN Deportes.

Also, through its Vidgo app, it’s offering the option of Social TV, which allows Vidgo users to connect in real-time as they’re watching programming on their phones.


6) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


LAFC vs. Philadelphia Union: Summary of last match, odds, upcoming fixtures

LAFC (last MLS match: win, 1-0, vs. Inter Miami) likely wanted more goals in its opener and had some scary moments testing new goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer. But a win is a win, and judging from the looks of LAFC this season, there will be a lot of wins throughout the 34 games.

The Philadelphia Union (last MLS match: loss, 0-2, at FC Dallas) didn’t quite hold up its end of the bargain in what looked, on paper, to be one of the better MLS matches of Week 1. The Union’s defense did hold for the first hour, but then let in a first goal, couldn’t match it, and let in a Paxton Pomykal insurance goal late.

Odds

According to the DraftKings Sportsbook oddsmakers (as of March 7):

  • LAFC, -250 (wager $250 to win $100)
  • Union, +600 (wager $100 to win $600)
  • Draw, +380 (wager $100 to win $380)

Upcoming fixtures

LAFC, Thursday, March 12 vs. Cruz Azul (Concacaf Champions League); Wednesday, March 18 at Cruz Azul (Concacaf Champions League)

Philadelphia Union, Saturday, March 14 vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)

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*First Published: Mar 8, 2020, 1:30 pm CDT