Major League Soccer and Liga MX today announced that ESPN will be the U.S. English-language home for the Leagues Cup – a new international club competition pitting four Major League Soccer teams against four teams from Mexico’s Liga MX. The seven-match tournament will begin with quarterfinals Tuesday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 24, and conclude with the Final on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
ESPN will kick off its 24th straight season of Major League Soccer on Sunday, March 3, with a doubleheader: D.C. United vs. 2018 MLS Cup champion Atlanta United FC at 6 p.m., and Los Angeles FC vs. Sporting Kansas City at 8:30 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live on the ESPN App. Spanish-language telecasts will also be available on ESPN Deportes.
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First Sports All-Access Series Chronicling a New Club’s Inaugural Season 10-Episode Series Available Now on ESPN+ ESPN+ and Major League Soccer today released We Are LAFC, a 10-part all-access documentary series that brings fans into the heart of one of the most highly anticipated soccer projects ever – the creation of the Los Angeles Football Club. Offering … Read More
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ESPN networks will televise 31 matches during the 2019 Major League Soccer regular season. ESPN’s schedule kicks off Sunday, March 3, with a doubleheader featuring the 2018 MLS Cup champion Atlanta United. Led by the reigning MVP Josef Martinez, Atlanta plays former England National Team star Wayne Rooney and DC United (6 p.m.), followed by Los Angeles FC and Mexican National Team forward Carlos Vela vs. Sporting Kansas City at 8 p.m. ESPN, Major League Soccer’s longest-tenured national media partner, is entering its 24th straight season of televising MLS matches. The network has carried live matches since MLS debuted in 1996. In 2019, ESPN coverage will feature new play-by-play voice Jon Champion and analyst Taylor Twellman as the lead MLS commentator team.
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Renowned British broadcaster Jon Champion will move to the United States as ESPN’s new play-by-play voice for Major League Soccer with Taylor Twellman
ESPN and ESPN Deportes will combine to present live coverage of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Championships beginning Sunday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m. ET featuring Atlanta United FC vs. New York Red Bulls – first leg of the home and away Eastern Conference Championship series – at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
ESPN and ESPN Deportes will combine to present a MLS Soccer Sunday doubleheader this week, October 21. Both matches will be streamed live on the ESPN App:
— Atlanta United, led by the league’s record-setting goal scorer Josef Martinez, host Chicago Fire at 3 p.m. ET
— Minnesota United vs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and LA Galaxy at 5 p.m.
— Sebastian Salazar and Alejandro Moreno will host English-language studio segments.
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ESPN2 will present the inaugural Campeones Cup, a matchup between the champions of Major League Soccer, Toronto FC, and Mexico’s Liga MX, Tigres UANL, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 8:30 p.m. ET from BMO Field in Toronto. ESPN’s lead MLS commentator team – play-by-play commentator Adrian Healey, analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Sebastian Salazar – will call the match. Max Bretos and analysts Alejandro Moreno and Herculez Gomez, who played for both teams, will host studio segments from BMO Field. The 2018 Campeones Cup will also be streamed live on the ESPN App.
ESPN will present the 2018 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target on Wednesday, August 1, live from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game will feature a team of Major League Soccer All-Stars versus seven-time Italian Serie A champion Juventus. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET (kickoff at 7:50 p.m.) on ESPN and will be streamed live on the ESPN App.
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Soccer fans in America will have a new way to watch hundreds of live matches and exclusive content year-round – all for just $4.99 (or $49.99 a year) with the launch of ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer and International group in partnership with ESPN. At launch, the soccer programming lineup on ESPN+ will include more than 75 live matches in April alone – plus 23 Chicago Fire matches throughout the remainder of the MLS season to fans in the Chicago local market – and exclusive access to every episode of ESPN FC and ESPN’s 12-episode 2018 FIFA World Cup series The Last Train to Russia.
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