We’ve ended up with chalk in MLS’ Western Conference Playoffs, even though it’s given us some wild and fun games throughout. Supporters’ Shield-winning LAFC outlasted its LA Galaxy rivals in a wild 5-3 match last Thursday to get to its first conference finals in its two-year history. The Seattle Sounders dispatched Dallas 4-3 in an extra-time instant classic to start the playoffs, then got two second-half goals and held Real Salt Lake scoreless Wednesday to get to their third conference final in four years.
With a trip to the MLS Cup final on the line, here’s how to stream LAFC vs. Seattle Sounders live.
LAFC vs. Seattle Sounders
- When: 10pm ET, Tuesday, Oct. 29
- Where: Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California
- Streaming: ESPN
LAFC vs. LA Galaxy live stream: How to watch MLS Playoffs without cable
The match is on ESPN; the following services provide a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to this and other MLS playoff matches live.
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
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.)
2) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 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.) If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS 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 Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for soccer fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. ESPN (where MLS games feature) and NBC and NBCSN (where the Premier League live) are part of the Core package of channels that offer soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite and Ultra levels.
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including ESPN 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. Seattle Sounders: What to watch for
As if Seattle’s defense didn’t have enough to worry about between Carlos Vela, with his record-scoring 34 goals this season along with 15 assists, and Diego Rossi, who put up 16 goals and 7 assists, Amado Diomande’s back. Dio scored a pair of key goals in the 5-3 match that got LAFC this far, and his presence up top brings a physical presence to compliment Vela and Rossi’s speed. LAFC still looks to pair its Supporters’ Shield with an MLS Cup, and winning on Tuesday would guarantee the final would be played at Banc of California Stadium in front of a raucous home crowd.
And yet, Seattle has a way of successfully getting through the West on tenacity and smart play. And, unlike recent seasons, the Sounders haven’t had to overcome an early-season swoon just to get to this point. While Raul Ruidiaz and Nico Lodeiro are the obvious focal points of the offense, Jordan Morris has been the MVP in recent weeks; his hat trick against Dallas included an extra-time winner. But it was Lodeiro coming through with a goal and assist to dispatch an RSL team who knocked out LAFC last year. Gustav Svensson, who served with Cristian Roldan in a double-pivot with Christian Rodan against RSL, will be tasked with slowing LAFC’s deadly transition game, in what should be a close match if not another MLS instant classic.
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