ESPN will present MLS Decision Day presented by AT&T – the final day of the 2017 Major League Soccer regular season – on Sunday, Oct. 22, with a live two-hour whip-around show with highlights and look-ins to all 11 league matches being played simultaneously. Coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will present the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match featuring United Soccer League’s FC Cincinnati vs. Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire on Wednesday, June 28, live from Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) and will be streamed live on the ESPN App.
ESPN’s live presentation of Sunday’s MLS Heineken® Rivalry Week matchup between the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders at Portland’s Providence Park has been moved to 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
ESPN’s season-opening Major League Soccer telecast on Sunday – Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC in the first match at Orlando’s new downtown stadium – averaged 411,000 viewers, up 14 percent compared to the Portland-Columbus opener in 2016 (362,000 viewers).
ESPN’s 22nd straight season of Major League Soccer will kick off Sunday, March 5, at 5 p.m. ET with Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC – the 2017 MLS season- opener for both teams and the first match at Orlando City SC’s new downtown stadium. The game features some of the league’s top international stars, such as Brazil’s Kaká and Italy’s Antonio Nocerino (Orlando), and Spain’s David Villa and Italy’s Andrea Pirlo (NYC FC).
Gómez will primarily serve as a pundit on ESPN FC, ESPN’s daily soccer news, highlights and information program, as well as a studio analyst for the network’s coverage of Major League Soccer, U.S. Men’s National Team, and other international soccer competitions. On ESPN Deportes, he will appear on signature soccer studio programs Fuera de Juego and Futbol Picante.
ESPN networks will televise 31 regular-season Major League Soccer matches in 2017, beginning Sunday, March 5 at 5 p.m. ET with Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC, the 2017 MLS season- opener for the two clubs and the first match at the new Orlando City Stadium. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise the Orlando-NYC FC clash, which will feature some of the league’s top international stars such as Brazil’s Kaká and Italy’s Antonio Nocerino (Orlando), and Spain’s David Villa and Italy’s Andrea Pirlo (New York City).
ESPNFC.com, ESPN’s global multiplatform soccer brand, will provide week-long coverage of the 2016 MLS Conference Championships culminating on game day with coverage by its national soccer reporters – Doug McIntyre in Montreal for the Eastern Conference Championship and Jeff Carlisle in Commerce City covering the Western Conference Championship. Highlights:
ESPN will provide unprecedented coverage of the last two match days of the 2016 Major League Soccer regular season beginning Sunday, Oct. 16, with back-to-back telecasts of Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC at 3 p.m. ET and MLS Cup reigning champions Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids at 5:15 p.m. The matches on Major League Soccer’s “Final Push to the Playoffs” will also be carried on ESPN Deportes and streamed on WatchESPN.
Leading up to the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, this year’s Major League Soccer matches on ESPN and ESPN2 have delivered an average audience of 312,000 viewers (227,000 household impressions), an increase of 32 percent in viewers (235,000) and 44 percent in television homes (158,000) from the same period in 2015.