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How to stream Portland Timbers vs. Nashville SC live

Nashville SC will play its first away match in its young MLS history on Sunday ... in one of the most challenging places to play an away match.


Phil West


Posted on Mar 8, 2020   Updated on Mar 12, 2020, 1:06 pm CDT

Here’s everything you need to know to stream Portland Timbers vs. Nashville SC live in MLS play on Sunday.

Portland Timbers vs. Nashville SC

  • When: 7pm ET, Sunday, March 8
  • Where: Providence Park in Portland, Oregon
  • Broadcast: ESPN
  • Streaming: Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, Vidgo, YouTube TV

Portland Timbers FC vs. Nashville SC: Preview

While Nashville SC’s debut didn’t go as the fans had wished—a 2-1 loss to new rivals Atlanta United—the match did feature the team’s first-ever goal courtesy of new acquisition Walker Zimmerman. (It’s also a game in which one of the league’s most beloved stars, Josef Martinez, went out with an ACL tear that could keep him sidelined all season.) Nashville will now take to the road to face one of the most challenging atmospheres in all of MLS.

Portland opened at home last week and was bested by a good-looking Minnesota United team. The Timbers should be in the hunt for the playoffs this season, but as Minnesota showed, it’s going to be a tough MLS season in which nearly every team has the chance to triumph in every single match.

Portland Timbers vs. Nashville SC live stream: How to watch MLS matches

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

1) 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.)

2) Sling TV

Sling TV

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.

3) 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.

4) Vidgo

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Vidgo Vidgo
  • 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.

5) 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.)

Portland Timbers vs. Nashville SC: Summary of last match, odds, upcoming fixtures

The Portland Timbers (last MLS match: loss, 1-3, vs. MNUFC) got a goal from the venerable Diego Valeri to equalize early in the second half, but the Loons got two goals going away in the final 15 minutes of regular time to spoil the team’s home opener.

Nashville SC (last MLS match: loss, 1-2, vs. Atlanta United) got an impressive home crowd out for its first match in MLS history and got the first goal in its franchise history. But Atlanta’s talent was too great to overcome. Still, though, Nashville does look like a team that won’t give up a record number of goals in a season, which is a good place for an expansion team to start.

Upcoming fixtures

Portland Timbers, Sunday, March 15 at New England Revolution (MLS)

Nashville SC, Saturday, March 14 at Toronto FC (MLS)

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*First Published: Mar 8, 2020, 10:00 am CDT