The MLS All-Star Game is here, replicating its recent formula of bringing in a top European club to face standout players from the Major League Soccer ranks. This year, Atletico Madrid—fresh off a rout of rivals Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup—will test its steely defense against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Josef Martinez, Carlos Vela, and Wayne Rooney.
The match will provide the close for several days of soccer celebration in Orlando, Florida, including the annual Homegrown match pitting the league’s up-and-coming young players against the U-20 squad from CD Guadalajara. (The MLS vs. Chivas match will kick off at 5pm ET Tuesday, viewable on Twitter.)
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the MLS All-Stars vs. Atletico Madrid in the 2019 MLS All-Star Game.
MLS All-Stars vs. Atletico Madrid
- When: 8pm ET, Wednesday, July 31
- Where: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida
- Streaming: FS1
2019 MLS All-Star Game live stream: Watch MLS All-Stars vs. Atletico Madrid
Each of the following services carries FS1, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch MLS All-Stars vs. Atletico Madrid in the 2019 MLS All-Star Game for free.
1) 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 NFL Network, FS1 (home to the MLS All-Star Game) and FS2 (now airing select Liga MX matches), NBCSN, and local channels. 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 LaLiga, 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 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (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 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, TUDN, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. For the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup, it was especially strong, streaming each match in 4K. 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 and our FuboTV review.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes withUnivision, TUDN, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, 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.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- 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. FS1, home to the MLS All-Star Game and Sunday regular-season matches, is part of the Core package of channels that offer soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite and Ultra levels.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- 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.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- 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 FS1 for MLS action, TNT for Champions League matches, NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
MLS All-Stars vs. Atletico Madrid: What to watch for
The annual match between MLS All-Stars and a top European team is, first and foremost, a test to see how MLS’ best players stack up against Champions League-caliber talent. MLS is growing in its global reputation, and though it’s not on the level of top European players or even Liga MX in overall talent accumulation, it’s certainly in a better place than it was even five years ago. Still, though, Ibrahimovic made some waves recently calling himself a “Ferrari among Fiats” and challenging Vela for spending his prime years in MLS rather than Europe. (For the record, Vela, now 30, played for Spanish team Real Sociedad between 2011 and 2017, and was with Arsenal before that, though was loaned out to a number of teams in his seven years with the club.)
Atletico Madrid might be down one Antoine Griezmann—the French star who bolted for Barcelona a year after he said he wouldn’t—but they’re still one of the most engaging Champions League-caliber clubs in Europe. Diego Costa, in the team’s 7-3 thrashing of Real Madrid at MetLife Stadium this past weekend, scored four goals then got a red card in the 65th minute for fighting. (So, a performance that showcased his spectrum of talents.) Newcomer João Felix, wearing the No. 7 jersey Griezmann vacated, looks to be an exciting new addition to the offense, and Spanish international striker Alvaro Morata is no slouch either. Like Costa, Morata featured at Chelsea and then returned to what seems a better-for-him situation in Spain.
But even though Atleti can score, it’s best known for keeping opponents off the scoresheet. Goalkeeper Jan Oblak, one of the best in the world, had 20 clean sheets in 37 La Liga starts last year, only allowing 27 goals all year, for best in the league in both categories. Part of that is him, and part of that is the sturdy defense in front of him—bolstered in part by new signings Kieran Trippier (an English defender formerly with Spurs) and Hector Herrera (a Mexican midfielder who most recently played with Porto). Watching MLS’ elite attackers try to score on Atleti could be the most fascinating aspect of the match.
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