Major League Soccer (MLS) is back — ESPN and ABC have announced broadcasting coverage for the 26th season, kicking off with a first-ever MLS preview special on ESPN+.
- ESPN has released the coverage plans for Major League Soccer’s 26th season, including a first-ever MLS preview special on ESPN+.
- Coverage begins this weekend on Friday, April 16 with MLS Live on ESPN+ with out-of-market matches, and on Sunday April 18 on ABC with Inter Miami CF vs. LA Galaxy at 3:00 pm ET.
MLS Preview Show on ESPN+ (April 16):
- Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman will host the first-ever preview show on Friday, April 16 at 7:00 pm ET exclusively on ESPN+.
- Special guests will include ESPN+ Futbol Americas co-host Herculez Gomez and The Athletic soccer writer Paul Tenorio.
- The one-hour show will highlight MLS clubs including the new expansion team Austin FC, look at offseason moves, and make predictions for the MLS Cup.
More MLS on ESPN and ABC for the 2021 Season:
- 2021 is going to be huge for ESPN’s coverage of the MLS with over 380 regular season matches broadcasting on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN+.
- SportsCenter and other ESPN shows will also feature MLS highlights, interviews, and more.
- ABC will broadcast the crowning of the league champions during 2021 MLS Cup on Saturday, December 11 at 3:00 pm ET.
Out-of-Market MLS Games on Opening Weekend – Exclusively on ESPN+ (Times in Eastern):
- Friday, April 16 – 8:00 pm – Houston Dynamo FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes
- Saturday, April 17 – 2:00 pm – CF Montreal vs. Toronto FC
- Saturday, April 17 – 8:00 pm – Dallas FC vs. Colorado Rapids
- Saturday, April 17 – 8:00 pm – New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City
- Saturday, April 17 – 8:00 pm – DC United vs. New York City FC
- Saturday, April 17 – 8:30 pm – Nashville SC vs. FC Cincinnati
- Saturday, April 17 – 8:30 pm – Chicago Fire FC vs. New England Revolution
- Sunday, April 18 – 10:00 pm – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers
MLS on ABC Regular Season Match Listings (Times in Eastern):
- Sunday, April 18 – 3 p.m. – Inter Miami CF vs. LA Galaxy
- Sunday, May 9 – 1:00 pm – Inter Miami CF vs. Atlanta United
- Sunday, May 9 – 3:00 pm – Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders
- Saturday, May 22 – 3:30 pm – Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy
- Saturday, July 24 – 3:30 pm – Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew