ESPN and MLS had been in the works to migrate over MLS Live to ESPN’s platform for quite some time now. Earlier this year, we got news that ESPN would launch a standalone streaming service called ESPN+ and would cost $4.99/month. However, we were still light on the details and in the meantime, MLS was continuing to stream all the games for free on their platform.
Starting April 12th, ESPN+ will go live with a plethora of other sports besides MLS. The sports includes, but not exclusive to, MLB (one game per day), NHL (one game per day), boxing, college sports (including men’s and women’s soccer), PGA and Grand Slam Tennis.
The press release stated that the ESPN+ platform will be integrated into the ESPN app with an updated interface coming shortly. Presumably then, you can watch MLS games wherever you can get the ESPN app (web, iOS, Android, Roku).
Unfortunately for those in the DFW area, local black out restrictions still apply. So this may not be a great option for you if you’re wanting to just catch FC Dallas matches with this subscription. For fans who live out of the area, this is practically a no brainer.
The price also offers an annual subscription option of $49.99/year, which gives you a two month savings.
Given that most MLS playoff games are broadcast on national TV, it’s unlikely this subscription will cover any playoff games. So you might come out ahead financially if you just pay month to month and cancel once the regular season ends in October.
One interesting thing to keep an eye out for in 2019, is that for this season, ESPN+ is the exclusive local market home for the Chicago Fire. Meaning, all matches will be delivered through this platform. As more teams look to strike exclusive TV deals (like the Seattle Sounders and LAFC with YouTube TV), it wouldn’t surprise me to see more teams jump on this with the Fire in the future seasons to come.