ESPN to Provide Unprecedented Coverage of Last Two Weekends of MLS Regular Season

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ESPN to Provide Unprecedented Coverage of Last Two Weekends of MLS Regular Season

  • Exclusive, National Doubleheader of “Final Push to the Playoffs” Sunday
  • Decision Day – October 23: Live Match (TBD) on ESPN; MLS Decision Day Whiparound on ESPN2

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.

On “Decision Day,” Sunday, Oct. 23, the final match-day of the regular season, ESPN will televise a match (TBD) live, while ESPN2 will present a live whiparound show with highlights from all MLS matches (except matches on Fox Sports 1 or Univision).

Sunday, October 16:

MLS Eastern Conference Final Push to the Playoffs: Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC at 3 p.m.

  • English-language match commentary: Dan Kelly (PxP), analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Katie Witham
  • Studio: Host Adrian Healey, analysts Alejandro Moreno and former Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid
  • ESPN Deportes commentators: Richard Méndez (PxP) and analyst Robert Sierra
  • The telecast will include live look-ins at other MLS Eastern Conference matches taking place concurrently in the time window:
    • Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution
    • New York red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew SC
    • C. United vs. New York City FC
    • Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC

MLS Western Conference Final Push to the Playoffs: Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids at 5:15 p.m.

  • English-language match commentary: Glenn Davis (PxP) and analyst Brian Dunseth
  • Studio: Healey, analysts Moreno and Schmid
  • ESPN Deportes commentators: Méndez (PxP) and analyst Giovanni Savarese
  • The telecast will include live look-ins at other MLS Western Conference matches in the time window:
    • FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders
    • Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City
    • San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    • Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy

Sunday, October 23:

On MLS Decision Day, Sunday, Oct. 23, ESPN will carry one match live (TBD). In the same window, ESPN2 will present MLS Decision Day Whiparound, a two-hour special with live look-ins to matches played concurrently across the league (except matches on FS1 and Univision/UniMás – Major League Soccer’s U.S. national media partners). Highlights:

  • English-language Commentators: Adrian Healey, Max Bretos, Taylor Twellman and Alejandro Moreno (assignments between ESPN match and whiparound program on ESPN2 will be made later)
  • ESPN Deportes: Méndez and Sierra
  • ESPN Match: At the completion of matches on Sunday’s Final Push to the Playoffs, ESPN will pick its match for Sunday, Oct. 23
  • ESPN3, ESPN’s industry-leading non-linear video platform, will carry MLS Matchday Live – Decision Day Pregame and MLS Matchday Live – Decision Day Postgame, the live digital program produced by MLSSoccer.com. Featured guests will include Schmid and former Vancouver Whitecaps FC manager Martin Rennie.

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