ESPN’s Comprehensive Coverage of 2019 MLS Decision Day Presented by AT&T


ESPN’s Comprehensive Coverage of 2019 MLS Decision Day Presented by AT&T

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ will combine to carry unprecedented coverage of MLS Decision Day Presented by AT&T – the final day of the 2019 Major League Soccer regular season – on Sunday, Oct. 6, when all 12 intraconference matches will kick off simultaneously during the 4 p.m. ET window. Highlights:

  • MLS on ESPN Presented by Audi: Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes (ESPN/ESPN Deportes) – the winning team secures a berth in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs. Jon Champion, Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Sebastian Salazar will provide English-language commentary. Bernardo Osuna and Herculez Gomez will call the game on ESPN Deportes.
  • For the first time, ESPN+ will carry live MLS Decision Day presented by AT&T Whip-around Show (4–6:30 p.m.), featuring Adrian Healey, Alejandro Moreno and Brian Dunseth.
  • ESPN+ will stream the other 11 MLS Decision Day matches to out-of-market audiences across the country.
  • MLS Countdown Live Presented by AT&T – the 30-minute digital show hosted by Salazar will stream live from Portland’s Providence Park at 3:30 p.m. The show is available on Twitter, YouTube and the ESPN App, and it features interviews, team news, special guests and more.
  • SportsCenter – the ESPN flagship program will feature highlights and reaction from the day.

ESPN FC ( ESPN’s industry-leading global soccer news and information hub on MLS Decision Day Presented by AT&T will include:

  • Arch Bell writes about everything that’s at stake on Decision Day – from the final playoff places in the West, to seedings around the league, and to the tightly contested Golden Boot award (Friday).
  • On Sunday, ESPN FC will prominently feature Decision Day content during the live match window, including up-to-the-minute updates on key matches and whip-around show on ESPN+.
  • Jason Davis reveals the final MLS Power Rankings of the 2019 season on Monday.

ESPN/ESPN+ MLS Decision Day Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Show Platforms
Sun, Oct. 6 3:30-4 p.m. MLS Countdown Live Presented by AT&T ESPN App / ESPN Twitter
  4-6:30 p.m. MLS Decision Day Presented by AT&T Whip-around Show ESPN+
  4 p.m. MLS on ESPN Presented by Audi: Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes ESPN / ESPN Deportes
  4 p.m. Atlanta United vs. New England Revolution ESPN+
  4 p.m. D.C. United vs. FC Cincinnati ESPN+
  4 p.m. FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City ESPN+
  4 p.m. Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy ESPN+
  4 p.m. LAFC vs. Colorado Rapids ESPN+
  4 p.m. Montreal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN+
  4 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. Chicago Fire ESPN+
  4 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC ESPN+
  4 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC vs. Minnesota United FC ESPN+
  4 p.m. Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew SC ESPN+
  4 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake ESPN+

What’s at Stake? / 2019 MLS Decision Day Storylines:

  • Four teams – Portland Timbers (46 points), FC Dallas (45), San Jose Earthquakes (44) and Colorado Rapids (42) – in the Western Conference are vying for two playoff spots.
  • In the Eastern Conference, three teams – D.C. United (4th place / 49 points), New York Red Bulls (5th / 48) and Toronto FC (6th / 47) – will be playing for the final spot available to host a playoff game.
  • Winner of Seattle Sounders FC (53 points) vs. Minnesota FC (53) gets the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.
  • Chasing the Golden Boot award: LAFC’s Carlos Vela is tied for MLS’s most goals in a season record, set last year by Atlanta’s Josef Martinez, at 31 goals. If Vela scores Sunday, he gets the record. Currently at 29 goals for the season, LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is chasing Vela for 2019 top scorer and the record.


Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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