ESPN Networks to Televise 31 Matches during 2019 Major League Soccer Regular Season

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ESPN Networks to Televise 31 Matches during 2019 Major League Soccer Regular Season

ESPN networks will televise 31 matches during the 2019 Major League Soccer regular season.

Twenty-five matches will air on ESPN and six will air on ESPN2. ESPN Deportes will offer Spanish-language coverage of all 31 matches. All matches will be streamed live on the ESPN App. In addition, ESPN+, the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN, returns as the exclusive home of MLS out-of-market games.

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.

Highlights MLS on ESPN in 2019:

  • All 31 scheduled games involve at least one 2018 MLS Cup Playoff team or the expansion FC Cincinnati, MLS’s newest club;
  • Atlanta United FC, the 2018 MLS Cup champion, leads the league with eight regular-season appearances on ESPN networks, followed by Portland Timbers and Los Angeles FC with six;
  • The expansion Cincinnati FC franchise will make four appearances on ESPN this season. Their ESPN debut is Sunday, March 10 against MLS Cup champion Atlanta (5 p.m.).
  • MLS Heineken Rivalry Week on ESPN will feature Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 9:30 p.m., and a doubleheader on Friday, Aug. 23: Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United FC (8 p.m.) and Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders’ Cascadia Cup match (10 p.m.) MLS Rivalry Week on ESPN networks will conclude Saturday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes with the Hudson River Derby – New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls;
  • The Los Angeles clubs meet for the El Tráfico derby on ESPN: One of two derby matches between five-time MLS Cup winners LA Galaxy vs. Los Angeles FC – a second-year MLS franchise – will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes on Friday, July 19;
  • Saturday, April 13, Minnesota United FC hosts New York City FC at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 – the opening match at Minnesota’s state-of-the-art Allianz Field in St. Paul;
  • Decision Day – Sunday, Oct. 6: ESPN will televise one match with MLS Cup Playoff implication at 4 p.m. and provide updates and coverage of other matches in that window.

2019 MLS Cup:

In addition to the 31 regular-season match windows and extensive coverage of 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, ESPN will present the 2019 MLS Cup – Major League Soccer’s season-ending championship match – on Sunday, Nov. 10. Details will be announced during the season.

ESPN’s 2019 MLS Schedule

(Schedule Subject to Change)

Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Sun, March 3 6 p.m. D.C. United vs. Atlanta United FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  8 p.m. Los Angeles FC vs. Sporting Kansas City ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, March 10 5 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. FC Cincinnati ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, March 31 9 p.m. LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 7 3 p.m. FC Cincinnati vs. Sporting Kansas City ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, April 13 5 p.m. Minnesota United vs. New York City FC ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sat, April 20 4 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. FC Dallas ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 21 4 p.m. D.C. United vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 28 3:30 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC vs. Los Angeles FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, May 4 2 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, May 11 4 p.m. LA Galaxy vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thu, May 16 10 p.m. Los Angeles FC vs. FC Dallas ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 1 10:30 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Los Angeles FC ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 29 4 p.m. Minnesota United FC vs. FC Cincinnati ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, July 12 7 p.m. D.C. United vs. New England Revolution ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, July 14 4 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC vs. Atlanta United FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thu, July 18 8 p.m. FC Cincinnati vs. D.C. United ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  10 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City SC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, July 19 10 p.m. LA Galaxy vs. Los Angeles FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, July 21 4 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. D.C. United ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, July 27 8 p.m. Los Angeles FC vs. Atlanta United FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 4 4 p.m. Minnesota United FC vs. Portland Timbers ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 11 4 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. New York City FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Aug 17 10 p.m. LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Thu, Aug 22 9:30 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, Aug 23 8 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  10 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Aug 24 7 p.m. New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sep 15 3:30 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sep 22 4 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United FC ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 6 4 p.m. TBD – Decision Day ESPN, ESPN Deportes

* All matches will be streamed live on the ESPN App

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