How to stream MLS games all season long

The 2019 Major League Soccer season is already underway, and it’s never been easier to stream all of the must-see games. That’s thanks in part to ESPN+, a relatively new subscription service that’s quickly become the go-to source for MLS action, and the rise of live TV streaming services, which make it easy to watch the channels that show MLS games: ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and Fox (in English), and Fox Deportes, UniMas, and ESPN Deportes (in Spanish).

This comprehensive guide offers everything you need to get ready for the 2019 season: a list of the teams, the full TV schedule of games, and your best options for live streaming MLS games.

MLS live stream: How to watch the 2019 season online

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1) Sling TV

One of Sling TV‘s introductory packages, Sling Blue (just $25 per month), includes FS1 and Fox, though you’ll want to double-check Fox’s availability using the link above. If you also want to get ESPN2, you’ll have to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue, which costs $40 per month and includes a full suite of ESPN channels. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)

TRY SLING TV


2) ESPN+

  • Cost: $4.99 per month or $49.99 for 12 months (after 7-day free trial)
  • Devices: Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Tablet, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku players and TV, Oculus Go, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices

I’ll be blunt: If you want to watch MLS games, you need to invest in ESPN+. You can add up all the matches shown across every other channel or service and it still won’t even come close to what you’ll get with ESPN’s new subscription service. For just $4.99 per month, you can watch every MLS out-of-market game. That’s a fraction of what you’d pay if we were talking about the NBA or NFL. (It’s also the local-market home for the Chicago Fire, meaning you’ll be able to stream all 23 Fire matches if you live in the Chicago area.) But there’s a lot more to love about ESPN+. You’ll get 20 UFC Fight Night events per year, the entire catalog of 30 for 30 documentaries, and a ton of additional sports programming. It’s the best value in all of sports streaming.

TRY ESPN+


3) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV gives you all the regular channels for streaming the MLS games on national TV in one comprehensive package. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.) Even better, every subscription unlocks Hulu’s full on-demand library, so you’ll never lack for something to watch. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)

TRY HULU LIVE TV


4) PlayStation Vue

Planning on sharing your subscription with family or friends? Check out PlayStation Vue, which offers unlimited cloud DVR and lets you stream on up to five devices at once, so you never have to worry about who’s watching what on and on which device. Its entry-level package, the $44.99-per-month Access package, has everything you need to watch MLS games (ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and Fox), plus essentials like FX and AMC. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)

TRY PLAYSTATION VUE


5) YouTube TV

Like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV offers only one block of live TV channels, and if you’re a sports fan, there’s a lot to love. In addition to MLS channels ESPN2, Fox, and FS1, you get a handful of specialty options like Big Ten NetworkNBA TV, and MLB Network. More importantly, it’s the only service that offers channels dedicated to MLS teams, with channels for the Seattle Sounders FC, Los Angeles Football Club, and Orlando City SC. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

TRY YOUTUBE TV


6) DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now’s Just Right package

DirecTV Now, the online-only version of DirecTV, comes in four different sizes, but even its smallest package, the $40-per-month Live a Little, includes more than 65 channels. If you prefer to watch the MLS season on Unimas, you’ll want the Spanish-leaning Todo y Mas package. (You can view the full DirecTV Now channels list here.)

TRY DIRECTV NOW


7) Twitter

Now in the second year of a three-year partnership, you can watch select MLS games for free on Twitter. (You’ll find the full schedule below.) The games will be available on both via @UnivisionSports and @MLS. It’s the best reason I’ve heard in some time for being on Twitter.

VISIT TWITTER


Best bet: ESPN+ & YouTube TV

To ensure you see all of the prime-time action on national TV and all of the other MLS games you might want to catch, I’d recommend pairing ESPN+ ($4.99 per month) with YouTube TV ($40 per month). That means for $45 per month, you’ll be able to watch every single game, and you’re getting a world-class live TV streaming service to boot. If you’re really strapped for cash, just get ESPN+. You won’t regret it.


MLS teams: Western Conference

  • Colorado Rapids
  • FC Dallas
  • Houston Dynamo
  • Los Angeles Football Club
  • Los Angeles Galaxy
  • Minnesota United FC
  • Portland Timbers
  • Real Salt Lake
  • San Jose Earthquakes
  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Sporting Kansas City
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC

MLS teams: Eastern Conference

  • Atlanta United FC
  • Chicago Fire
  • Columbus Crew SC
  • D.C. United
  • FC Cincinnati
  • Montreal Impact
  • New England Revolution
  • New York City FC
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Orlando City SC
  • Philadelphia Union
  • Toronto FC

2019 MLS schedule

* All times ET.

Saturday, March 9

3:30pm, FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy | Univision, Twitter

Sunday, March 10

5pm, Atlanta United vs. FC Cincinnati | ESPN, ESPN Deportes

7:30pm, LAFC vs. Portland Timbers | FS1, Fox Deportes

Saturday, March 16

3:30pm, New York Red Bulls vs. San Jose Earthquakes | Univision, Twitter

Sunday, March 17

3pm, New York City FC vs. LAFC | FS1, Fox Deportes

5pm, FC Cincinnati at Portland Timbers | FS1, Fox Deportes

Saturday, March 23

4:30pm, FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids | UniMas, Twitter

Saturday, March 30

3:30pm, San Jose Earthquakes vs. LAFC | Univision, Twitter

Sunday, March 31

6:30pm, Orlando City vs. DC United | FS1, Fox Deportes

9pm, LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers | ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Saturday, April 6

3pm, DC United vs. LAFC | Fox, Fox Deportes

7:30pm, Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sunday, April 7

3pm, FC Cincinnati vs. Sporting Kansas City |  ESPN

Saturday, April 13

3pm, Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes |  Univision, Twitter

5pm, Minnesota United vs. New York City FC |  ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Sunday, April 14

7pm, Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Friday, April 19

10:30pm, LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo |  UniMas, Twitter

Saturday, April 20

4pm, Atlanta United vs. FC Dallas |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sunday, April 21

4pm, DC United vs. New York City FC |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

7pm, LAFC vs. Seattle Sounders |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Saturday, April 27

3:30pm, FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes |  Univision, Twitter

Sunday, April 28

1:30pm, Minnesota United vs. DC United, 1:30pm | FS1, Fox Deportes

3:30pm, Seattle Sounders vs. LAFC |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Saturday, May 4

2pm, New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

4pm, Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas |  Univision, Twitter

Sunday, May 5

9pm, Sporting Kansas City vs. Atlanta United |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Saturday, May 11

2pm, FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls |  Univision, Twitter

3pm, LA Galaxy vs. New York City FC |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sunday, May 12

2:30pm, Atlanta United vs. Orlando City |  Fox, Fox Deportes

7pm, DC United vs. Sporting Kansas City |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Thursday, May 16

10pm, LAFC vs. FC Dallas |  ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Saturday, May 18

3:30pm, San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire |  Univision, Twitter

Sunday, May 19

5pm, New York Red Bulls vs. Atlanta United |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Friday, May 24

7pm, Orlando City vs. LA Galaxy |  UniMas, Twitter

9pm, Real Salt Lake vs. Atlanta United |  UniMas, Twitter

Saturday, May 25

3:30pm, Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC |  Univision, Twitter

Sunday, May 26

6pm, Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle Sounders |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Saturday, June 1

6pm, Atlanta United vs. Chicago Fire |  UniMas, Twitter

10:30pm, Portland Timbers vs. LAFC |  ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Saturday, June 8

4:30pm, San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas |  Univision, Twitter

Friday, June 28

8pm, New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire |  UniMas, Twitter

10pm, Colorado Rapids vs. LAFC |  UniMas, Twitter

Saturday, June 29

4pm, Minnesota United vs. FC Cincinnati |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sunday, June 30

11pm, Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas |  UniMas, Twitter

Sunday, July 7

2pm, Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls |  Fox, Fox Deportes

6:30pm, New York City FC vs. Portland Timbers |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Friday, July 12

7pm, DC United vs. New England Revolution |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

9pm, Houston Dynamo vs. LAFC |  UniMas, Twitter

11pm, LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes |  UniMas, Twitter

Sunday, July 14

4pm, Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

6:30pm, New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Thursday, July 18

8pm, FC Cincinnati vs. DC United |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

10pm, Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Friday, July 19

10pm, LA Galaxy vs. LAFC |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sunday, July 21

7:30pm, Orlando City vs. New York Red Bulls |  FS1, Fox Deportes

9:30pm, Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Friday, July 26

7:30pm, New York City FC vs. Sporting Kansas City |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Saturday, July 27

8pm, LAFC vs. Atlanta United |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

10:30pm, Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Wednesday, July 31

MLS All-Star Game | FS1, UniMas

Saturday, Aug. 3

5pm, Atlanta United vs. LA Galaxy |  Fox, Fox Deportes

Sunday, Aug. 4

7:30pm, DC United vs. Philadelphia Union |  FS1, Fox Deportes

10pm, Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Sunday, Aug. 11

4pm, Atlanta United vs. New York City FC |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

7:30pm, DC United vs. LA Galaxy |  FS1, Fox Deportes

10pm, LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Saturday, Aug. 17

10pm, LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders |  ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Sunday, Aug. 18

10pm, Portland Timbers vs. Atlanta United |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Wednesday, Aug. 21

8pm, DC United vs. New York Red Bulls |  UniMas, Twitter

10:30pm, LAFC vs. San Jose Earthquakes |  UniMas, Twitter

Thursday, Aug. 22

9:30pm, Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Friday, Aug. 23

Orlando City vs. Atlanta United |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Saturday, Aug. 24

7pm, New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls |  ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Sunday, Aug. 25

8pm, FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew |  FS1

10pm, LAFC vs. LA Galaxy |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Sunday, Sept. 1

6pm, Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Saturday, Sept. 7

3:30pm, New York City FC vs. New England Revolution |  Univision, Twitter

Saturday, Sept. 14

3:30pm, Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas |  Univision, Twitter

Sunday, Sept. 15

3:30pm, Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

7:30pm, Portland Timbers vs. DC United |  FS1, Fox Deportes

Saturday, Sept. 21

3:30pm, Atlanta United vs. San Jose Earthquakes |  Univision, Twitter

Sunday, Sept. 22

4pm, Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United |  ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sunday, Nov. 10

MLS Cup | ESPN

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.