How to stream the MLS Is Back Tournament

How to stream the MLS Is Back Tournament

Seattle Sounders vs. LAFC MLS is Back

  • MLS returned from a three-month hiatus July 8 with a World Cup-style tournament.
  • The knockout portion of the tournament started July 25, with the field winnowed to 16 teams.
  • Teams advancing to the semifinals so far: Orlando City SC and Philadelphia Union.
  • Tournament favorite LAFC was ousted Friday night by the hosts, giving up a late goal and then losing in the PK sequence to close out the match.
  • The tournament will culminate with an August 11 final.
  • All matches over the month-long tournament will be held in Orlando’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
  • ESPN will carry the bulk of the matches, including the final, with ESPN2, FS1, and TUDN also be involved in the broadcasts.

MLS Is Back Tournament: What is it?

The MLS Is Back Tournament is the league’s answer to how to handle its 25th season, interrupted in March after most teams played just two of their 34 regular-season matches.

The knockout round field of 16 teams will be comprised of the first and second-place teams from each group, plus the top four third-place teams.


MLS Is Back Tournament Groups

Group A

  • Inter Miami CF
  • New York City FC
  • Orlando City SC
  • Philadelphia Union

Group B

  • Chicago Fire FC
  • San Jose Earthquakes
  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Group C

  • D.C. United
  • Montreal Impact
  • New England Revolution
  • Toronto FC

Group D

  • Colorado Rapids
  • Minnesota United FC
  • Real Salt Lake
  • Sporting Kansas City

Group E

  • Atlanta United FC
  • Columbus Crew SC
  • FC Cincinnati
  • New York Red Bulls

Group F

  • Houston Dynamo
  • LA Galaxy
  • LAFC
  • Portland Timbers

MLS Is Back Tournament Schedule

Note that, in addition to the evening start times you’re more accustomed to, a number of the matches will have 9am ET start times (which, if you watch European soccer, you’re already accustomed to scheduling into your day).

Group Stage

  • Wednesday, July 8, 8pm ET: Orlando City SC 2, Inter Miami CF 1 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Thursday, July 9, 9am ET: Philadelphia Union 1, NYCFC 0 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Thursday, July 9, 8pm ET: New England Revolution 1, Montreal Impact 0 (TUDN and Twitter)
  • Friday, July 10, 9pm ET: Seattle Sounders FC 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Saturday, July 11, 8pm ET: NY Red Bulls 1, Atlanta United 0 (Fox and TUDN)
  • Saturday, July 11, 10:30pm ET: Columbus Crew SC 4, FC Cincinnati 0 (FS1 and TUDN)
  • Sunday, July 12, 8pm ET: Minnesota United FC 2, Sporting Kansas City 1 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Sunday, July 12, 10:30pm ET: Real Salt Lake 2, Colorado Rapids 0 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Monday, July 12, 9am ET: Toronto FC 2, DC United 2 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Monday, July 13, 8pm ET: LAFC 3, Houston Dynamo 3 (FS1 and TUDN)
  • Monday, July 13, 10:30pm ET: Portland Timbers 2, LA Galaxy 1 (FS1 and TUDN)
  • Tuesday, July 14, 9am ET: Chicago Fire 2, Seattle Sounders FC 1 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Tuesday, July 14, 8pm ET: Orlando City SC 3, NYCFC 1 (TUDN and Twitter)
  • Tuesday, July 14, 10:30pm ET: Philadelphia Union 2, Inter Miami CF 1 (TUDN and Twitter)
  • Wednesday, July 15, 9pm ET: San Jose Earthquakes 4, Vancouver Whitecaps 3 (TUDN and Twitter)
  • Thursday, July 16, 9am ET: FC Cincinnati 1, Atlanta United FC 0 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Thursday, July 16, 8pm ET: Toronto FC 4, Montreal Impact 3 (TUDN)
  • Thursday, July 16, 10:30pm ET: Columbus Crew SC. 2, NY Red Bulls 0 (FS1 and TUDN)
  • Friday, July 17, 8pm ET: Sporting Kansas City 3, Colorado Rapids 2 (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)
  • Friday, July 17, 8pm ET: DC United 1, New England Revolution 1 (FS1 and TUDN)
  • Friday, July 17, 10:30pm ET: Real Salt Lake 0, Minnesota United FC 0 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Sunday, July 19, 8pm ET: San Jose Earthquakes 2, Chicago Fire FC 0 (FS1 and TUDN)
  • Sunday, July 19, 10:30pm ET: Seattle Sounders FC 3, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 (TUDN and Twitter)
  • Monday, July 20, 9am ET: New York City FC 1, Inter Miami CF 0 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Monday, July 20, 8pm ET: Philadelphia Union 1, Orlando City SC 1 (TUDN and Twitter)
  • Tuesday, July 21, 9am ET: Toronto FC 0, New England Revolution 0 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Tuesday, July 21, 8pm ET: Columbus Crew SC 1, Atlanta United FC 0 (TUDN and Twitter)
  • Tuesday, July 21, 10:30pm ET: Montreal Impact 1, DC United 0 (TUDN and Twitter)
  • Wednesday, July 22, 9am ET: Sporting Kansas City 2, Real Salt Lake 0 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Wednesday, July 22, 8pm ET: FC Cincinnati 2, NY Red Bulls 0 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Wednesday, July 22, 10:30pm ET: Colorado Rapids 2, Minnesota United FC 2 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Thursday, July 23, 9am ET: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Chicago Fire FC 0 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Thursday, July 23, 8pm ET: LA Galaxy 1, Houston Dynamo 1 (FS1 and TUDN)
  • Thursday, July 23, 10:30pm ET: LAFC 2, Portland Timbers 2 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)

Knockout Stage: Round of 16

  • Saturday, July 25, 8pm ET: Orlando City SC 1, Montreal Impact 0 (ESPN2)
  • Saturday, July 25, 10:30pm ET: Philadelphia Union 1, New England Revolution 0 (ESPN2)
  • Sunday, July 26, 8:30pm ET: NYCFC 3, Toronto FC 1 (FS1 and TUDN)
  • Sunday, July 26, 11pm ET: Sporting Kansas City 0(3), Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0(1) (FS1 and TUDN)
  • Monday, July 27, 8:30pm ET: San Jose Earthquakes 5, Real Salt Lake 2 (FS1)
  • Monday, July 27, 11pm ET: LAFC 4, Seattle Sounders FC 1 (FS1)
  • Tuesday, July 28, 8pm ET: Minnesota United FC 1(5), Columbus Crew SC 1(3) (ESPN)
  • Tuesday, July 28, 10:30pm ET: Portland Timbers 1(4), FC Cincinnati 1(2) (ESPN)

Knockout Stage: Quarterfinals

  • Thursday, July 30, 8pm ET: Philadelphia Union 3, Sporting Kansas City 1 (ESPN)
  • Friday, July 31, 7:30pm ET: Orlando City SC 1(5), LAFC 1(4) (FS1)
  • Saturday, August 1, 8pm ET: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Minnesota United FC (ESPN2)
  • Saturday, August 1, 10:30pm ET: NYCFC vs. Portland Timbers (FS1)

Knockout Stage: Semifinals

  • Wednesday, August 5, 8pm ET: Semifinal #1 (FS1)
  • Thursday, August 6, 8pm ET: Semifinal #2 (ESPN2)

Knockout Stage: Final

  • Tuesday, August 11, 8pm ET: MLS is Back Tournament Final (ESPN)

MLS Is Back Tournament Odds

According to BetMGM, these teams are the favorites (as of July 7) to lift the trophy:

  • LAFC: +400
  • Seattle Sounders FC: +800
  • Atlanta United: +1200
  • Toronto FC: +1200
  • New York Red Bulls: +1400
  • NYCFC: +1600
  • Philadelphia Union: +1600
  • San Jose Earthquakes: +1800
  • Sporting Kansas City: +1800

Stream the MLS Is Back Tournament live: How to watch online

The following streaming services will carry the tournament online. (Fubo hasn’t quite yet delivered on its promise of ESPN coming to the service, but you can catch all the Fox and TUDN matches there. The other streaming services listed, which do carry ESPN and ESPN2, will have the majority of matches available.)

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