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How to watch the 2018 MLS Cup online

Here's everything you need to know.


Austin Powell


Posted on Dec 8, 2018   Updated on May 20, 2021, 11:53 pm CDT

The quest for the 2018 MLS Cup finally comes to an end on Saturday as Atlanta United FC hosts Portland Timbers. While Atlanta is heavily favored and has a distinct home-field advantage, you’d be foolish to write-off the Timbers, who have beaten all the odds to make it this far. Here’s everything you need to know to live stream the 2018 MLS Cup.


2018 MLS Cup: Atlanta United FC vs. Portland Timbers

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8pm ET
  • Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Streaming: Fox, Unimas

2018 MLS Cup live stream: How to watch online for free

Every major live TV streaming service offers some variation of local channels, and thankfully, all of them carry Fox, which hosts the 2018 MLS Cup. That said, availability can vary depending on your location, so you’ll want to use the links below to confirm the channel is carried in your city. (If you really want to watch the game on Unimas, you’ll want to go with either FuboTV or DirecTV Now.) If all you want is to live stream the 2018 MLS Cup, you can’t go wrong with any of the options below, and all of them offer a free seven-day trial, so you can check out the game for free. But if you’re looking for a long-term streaming solution, we’ve included all of the relevant details to help make your decision easier.

1) Hulu with Live TV

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  • Cost: $44.95 per month
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

Hulu has always been the best option for catching up on your favorite TV shows online. Now it’s also one of the best ways to watch live programming and sports. Hulu with Live TV offers 60 channels, including a full suite of ESPN channels, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN and CBS Sports Network, not to mention all of the major local TV channels. The best part: Every Hulu with Live TV subscription unlocks Hulu’s full catalog of on-demand entertainment, so you can watch movies, documentaries, anime, and Hulu original series when the game’s over. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)


2) Sling TV

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Sling TV offers two base channel packages, both of which cost just $25 per month: Sling Orange, which contains three ESPN channels, and Sling Blue, which boasts FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and plenty more, in addition to local channels. Sling Orange + Blue combines the two packages for $40 per month. To get the most international soccer action, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month) to get BeIn Sports. The main difference between the two is that the latter also includes NFL RedZone. Alternatively, you can add Español: Best of Spanish TV package for Sling Orange or Sling Blue to get the 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN Sports Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial.

Just to be clear: To live stream the 2018 MLS Cup, you’ll need either Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue. Those are the only two packages that contain Fox. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)


3) FuboTV

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FuboTV FuboTV
  • Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)

FuboTV is one of the leading live TV streaming services, offering a compelling combination of sports (NBA TV, NFL Network), entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), and news (MSNBC, CNN) channels in its core package. But where it really shines is with international soccer, offering UniMas, 10 beIN Sports channels, NBCSN, FS1 and FS2, and more, so you can watch everything from English Premier League to La Liga all in one place. You’ll also get three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)


4) AT&T TV Now

  • Cost: $50-$135 per month
  • Hulu 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)

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


5) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV YouTube TV

Just how dedicated is YouTube TV to streaming soccer? The service offers three channels devoted to MLS teams, a feature no other streaming service can match. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and ESPN2, Big Ten Network, and specialty channels like NBA TV and MLB Network. If you’re looking to split a service with roommates, YouTube TV is ideal: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)



7) Fox Sports Go

Cost: Free to download

Devices: Apple TV, iPad, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Roku, iOS and Android devices (full list here)

No matter which option above you choose, you’d be wise to download the Fox Sports Go app as a backup option. Not only will your subscription credentials unlock a 2018 MLS Cup live stream, but you’ll also be able to watch every other channel in the Fox Sports network that’s included in your package, including FS1, FS2, Fox College Sports, and Fox Soccer Plus.

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*First Published: Dec 8, 2018, 6:00 am CST