Major League Soccer runs yearly and my guess is that you would love to watch your favorite soccer team throughout the ongoing season.
However, access to these MLS matches depends on where you live and the teams you are interested in seeing in action. Therefore, in this article, I will show you how to stream MLS games and possibly get MLS live stream free services for your use.
The MLS season has a total of 28 clubs participating for the title and this is the first in the history of the soccer league that is so much loved by Americans.
There will be close to 500 matches for the regular season and here, you’d learn how to watch every MLS game in the USA, Canada, and all around the world.
How Stream MLS Games
The MLS has some games that will be nationally televised and these games would be available on ESPN, FS1, FOX, ABC, and TUDN/Univision. Games that won’t be in this category can be seen on the regional network of the local teams involved although this is available for those who live in the team’s TV market.
However, folks that have no access to a team’s TV market can watch those MLS games on ESPN+.
MLS Matches on ESPN+
If an MLS soccer game is not being shown on a national network, and also, you don’t have access to the TV market of the teams involved, you can stream that match on ESPN+. Folks interested in seeing games on ESPN+ can do that through the ESPN app via the following steps.
- Subscribe to ESPN+
- Find, download, and launch the app on your mobile or TV device. The app provides support for Android, iPhone, Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Xbox, amongst others.
- Click the Settings Gear located in the upper right corner
- Choose ‘Account Information’ > ‘Log in to ESPN Account’. After this step, you will receive an activation code
- Visit https://espn.com/activate and enter the code you received.
- Log in with your credentials
- You’ll receive confirmation that your ESPN+ account is linked. You’ll see an ‘ESPN+’ tab in the app.
Watching MLS games on ESPN+ requires some monetary commitment as the subscription costs $6.99 per month but you can cancel at any time as there is no contract.
How to Stream Nationally Televised Matches
All MLS games that are nationally televised can be streamed on the following platforms.
fuboTV is a live streaming service that offers viewers access to FS1, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, TUDN, and FOX. They give you a 1-week free trial that you can choose to cancel during the trial period and not incur any charges. It costs $64.99 per month and supports iOS, Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, and more.
DIRECTV STREAM is another live streaming service that gives you access to ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and more for $69.99 per month. For access to TUDN, you’d need their Ultimate package which costs $104.99 per month.
Regardless, MLS games on TUDN will also be available on Twitter and allow you to airplay or cast the games from your mobile device to your TV for free. It is supported on Android, Roku, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, and more.
Hulu Live TV and ESPN+
Hulu Live TV costs $69.99 per month and has TUDN as the only channel that is not available. Hulu does not also carry some local Univision channels in some areas. They give you access to FS!, FOX, ESPN2, ABC, and more. It also supports Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon FireTV, Roku, and more.
How to watch MLS soccer in the USA
- TV channels: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, FS1
- Spanish-language TV: ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, Univision, UniMas
- Streaming: fuboTV, ESPN+, Twitter
MLS matches in English
Folks who want to watch MLS matches in English can do so via Disney and FOX as they share English broadcast rights in the United States for MLS national television coverage. Disney will make matches available via ESPN, ABC, and ESPN2 while FOX will make use of its main broadcast network and FS1.
MLS matches in Spanish
These will be aired by UniMas and Univision. Meanwhile, the English language national TV broadcasts can be cast at the same time in Spanish on ESPN Deportes for matches on ABC and ESPN, and FOX Deportes for matches on FOX and FS1.
How to watch MLS soccer in Canada
- TV channels: TSN, CTV
- French-language TV: TVA Sports
- Streaming: DAZN
English-language TV & streaming in Canada
As we know, there are some Canadian soccer clubs in the MLS and this has been the case even before the 2022 season. Therefore, all matches played by Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC will be carried by TSN.
The network will also choose some CF Montreal matches to air, as well as some MLS games between traditional US-based clubs. On CTV, 8 games would be broadcast to a national audience while other MLS matches not aired by TSN and CTV would be available on DAZN.
French-language TV in Canada
For the French folks, TVA sports will be the go-to channel for MLS in Canada and will also serve as the main broadcast home for matches of FC Montreal.
How to Watch MLS Games Without Cable TV
Find below some of the best options for watching MLS games without cable TV below with the MLS season already in progress and in full force. See the Major League Soccer Standings for the season.
Using a TV antenna to watch MLS games
This procedure is more of a gamble and is not reliable as you’d only get to see MLS games on TV if FOX decides to air a game of the team you intend watching and the chances of this happening are very slim. Therefore, to avoid being disappointed when interesting MLS action is taking place, go for another option.
Using Sling TV
You can leverage Sling TV services to watch matches of the teams you support that are being televised nationally. Games shown on ESPN, NBCSN, and FS1 would be available without any extra costs.
What fuboTV has to offer with regards to streaming live MLS matches for the 2022 season has been explained previously;
When the MLS season is in full swing, you wouldn’t want to miss any more excitement in your quest to enjoy the league’s games for the season. Therefore, take advantage of the tips provided in the article and derive the football streaming satisfaction you deserve.
Kenneth is a an avid soccer follower, fan and writer. He is a consistent follower of the sport and is a fan of Chelsea FC.