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How to stream MLS live in 2020

It's MLS' 25th season, and the league's bigger and better than ever.

Sep 12, 2020, 11:02 am*

Sports

 

Phil West

Those who stream MLS live know it’s one of the world’s most entertaining soccer leagues.

  • The MLS regular season has been extended to at least Sept. 27.
  • ESPN+ is where to catch the most MLS action. Saturday games in particular are mostly found on the streaming service.
  • To stream MLS live, including all the remaining MLS regular-season matches, you need ESPN, Fox, FS1, TUDN, and Univision.
  • Orlando battles Miami on Saturday night in a rivalry game acquiring the nickname “Tropic Thunder.”
  • Also on Saturday night: FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo, for playoff positioning and Texas bragging rights.
  • LAFC has lost four of its last five matches. Next up? The MLS is Back Tournament champion Portland Timbers on Sunday.
MLS 25th anniversary logo
Major League Soccer

Best MLS matches this weekend

Orlando City SC vs.
Inter Miami CF
Saturday, Sept. 12, 7:30pm ET
ESPN+
FC Dallas vs.
Houston Dynamo
Saturday, Sept. 12, 8:30pm ET
ESPN+
LAFC vs.
Portland Timbers
Sunday, Sept. 13, 10pm ET
ESPN+

What is MLS (also known as Major League Soccer)?

MLS (not the MLS, lest soccer snobs look at you askance) is the top-flight soccer league in the United States. Although there’s a recently launched top-flight league in Canada, the three biggest Canadian cities (Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal) all have franchises as well. Started with 10 teams in 1996, MLS worked through initial growing pains, began expanding in the early to mid-2000s, and is approaching the 30-team mark.

Though it’s not on the level of world football giants like the Premier League, La Liga, the Bundesliga, or Serie A, it’s top 10 in the world by most metrics. It’s carving out a niche for younger players from South America and Central America to develop en route to top European leagues. As college football is to the NFL in player development, MLS is emerging as soccer’s answer to college football.

(Photo by Xavier Dussaq)

MLS expansion teams in 2020

Two teams have entered MLS in 2020, bringing the league to 26 teams.

Inter Miami CF, with David Beckham as part of the ownership group, is fielding an intriguing mix of players for its inaugural season, including Mexican national player Rodolfo Pizarro (who came from Liga MX side Monterrey), former New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles, former Columbus Crew midfielder and U.S. national player Wil Trapp, and up-and-coming Argentine winger Matias Pellegrini.

They’re also rumored to be making a big transfer window splash for the restart: Juventus and French international midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Nashville SC might be a little less flashy, but they’ve put together a sturdy defense anchored by LAFC standout Walker Zimmerman, with journeymen like Dominique Badji, David Accam, and Abu Danladi being called upon to provide offense.

Seattle Sounders vs. LAFC MLS is Back

How to watch MLS matches online

ESPN+ streams most of the matches—especially Saturday matches—using local and regional feeds. MLS has a TV package that involves several broadcasters. FS1 and ESPN will typically carry at least one (and sometimes two) matches on Sunday, and Friday night and Saturday games are carried via TUDN or Univision (with an English-language stream via Twitter).

FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans. It’s since evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. It starts at $54.99 a month, and depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier.

The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. Fubo added the ESPN suite of channels in an agreement that also brought ABC and the Disney Channel. Pretty much every sports channel you could think of is available through Fubo, including BeIN Sports, CBS Sports Network, and TUDN. It’s got every channel you need to watch MLS; you’ll just need ESPN+ to round out your MLS streaming.

fubo tv
Standard$59.99
Family$64.99
Family with Showtime$74.99 ($69.99 for first 3 mos.)
Elite$79.99

Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

You can definitely stream MLS live with Hulu Live TV. Its sports coverage includes the full suite of ESPN channels (including ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, and ESPN College Extra), FS1 and FS2), NBSCN, the Olympic Channel, and the Big Ten Network. Most markets have Fox included in its local channel set-up for the odd MLS match appearing there. Hulu Live TV’s also got you covered for news and entertainment in its nearly 70-channel package.

Hulu Live TV Logo
Hulu Live TV $54.99
Hulu Live TV
(no ads on
Hulu content)
$60.99

Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. There’s also a Sports Extra option for each Sling package, with MLB Network, NBA TV, and NHL Network part of each plan.

Sling Orange + Blue will get you ESPN and FS1 for sure, and may get you Fox depending on your market. (Though you can use AirTV to guarantee getting all your local channels with Sling.

Sling TV
Orange$30
Blue$30
Orange + Blue$45

AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month.

At its most basic Plus tier, you can find MLS staples like ESPN, Fox, and FS1 . If you graduate to at least the Entertainment level, you can also get Univision to set yourself up for MLS matches carried there.

at&t TV Now
Plus$65
Max$80
Entertainment$93
Choice$110
Xtra$124
Ultimate$135
Premier$183
Optimo Mas$86


YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

It’s a great option to stream MLS live (and, indeed, many other sports). It comes with ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBCSN at the ready. Deeper sports cuts, like NBA TV, MLB Network, CBS Sports Network, and ESPNU are also part of the YouTube TV plan. While you’ll still need a solution for TUDN and Univision, plus ESPN Plus, YouTube TV covers you for a good amount.

Youtube TV
1 Month$64.99
Sports Plus$10.99/mo.

Vidgo

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. It’s a great way to stream MLS live. The selection of Vidgo channels includes ABC, Fox, FS1, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and NFL Network. It’s also one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. There’s even a Social TV platform that allows you to chat with other Vidgo viewers about what you’re watching.

There’s also two Latino options featuring ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, and TyC sports at both levels. At the Plus level on the English side, you get NFL RedZone and all the Pac-12 Network regional options.

Vidgo
Core$40
Plus$45
Latino$15
Latino Mas$25

ESPN+

ESPN+ is a subscription-based streaming service that lets you watch live sports action you won’t find anywhere else. Think of it as super-sizing your ESPN viewing, allowing you to stream more sports, including exclusive baseball games, soccer matches, and MMA fights.

ESPN+ has partnerships with Major League Baseball, a number of soccer leagues around the world (including MLS, USL, and Serie A), and UFC. It’s become increasingly essential for sports fans to add it to their streaming set-up.

Plus, you’ll gain access to the entire 30 for 30 catalog of sports documentaries, plus other great ESPN programming to keep you informed and entertained.

Monthly$5.99
Annually$49.99
ESPN+ bundled
with Disney+
and Hulu
$12.99


Odds to win 2020 MLS Cup

According to BetMGM (as of the restart on August 12), these are the teams most likely to win the 2020 MLS Cup:

  • LAFC: +275 (wager $100 to win $275)
  • NYCFC: +800
  • Seattle Sounders FC: +900
  • Atlanta United: +900
  • Toronto FC: +1200
  • Orlando City SC: +1600
  • Minnesota United FC: +1600

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*First Published: Sep 3, 2020, 12:51 pm