Stream the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs live on ESPN and FS1
Price: 30 USD/month and up
Channels: ABC, FS1, Fox, ESPN, ESPN 2
ESPN and Fox are the main domestic broadcasters for the MLS Cup Playoffs. Use a free trial to watch the games live on services that carry those channels!
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a server location in the U.S.
- Go to YouTube TV (65 USD/month), Sling TV Orange and Blue (30 USD/month and up), or Hulu+ Live TV (55 USD/month) and sign up for a free trial. You may need a U.S. credit/debit card or PayPal to subscribe to Sling TV or Hulu+Live TV.
- You’re all set!
Watch the MLS Cup Playoffs streams live on Freesports
Freesports and Sky are the official MLS broadcasters in the UK. You can watch up to five games each week on Freesports, including MLS Cup playoff games. The best part? You can watch the Freesports stream for free!
To watch MLS live on Freesports:
Stream the MLS Cup Playoffs on Sky Sports
Price: 22 GBP/month and up
Sky Sports is the other official UK broadcaster for MLS games. However, specialized equipment is required to watch the TV broadcasts. You will also need to provide a valid postal code and a UK/Ireland credit or debit card.
MLS on Sky covers at least two regular-season games each week, the All-Star game and every MLS Cup Play-off game.
If you already have a Sky subscription, you can stream the content online via Sky Go. With a VPN, you can watch Sky Go even when you’re traveling abroad.
To watch MLS on Sky Go:
Watch MLS Cup Playoffs replays and highlights on Pluto TV
Pluto TV offers the official MLS channel with replays and highlights on their website. It’s completely free!
To watch MLS games on Pluto TV:
Watch all the MLS Cup Playoffs highlights on YouTube
The official MLS YouTube channel is your go-to spot for highlights. Catch detailed highlights of every game and take in every goal!
Catch MLS Cup Playoffs scores and highlights on the MLS app
If you don’t want to miss the latest MLS news, highlights, and scores, make sure to use the official MLS app.
Fire up the MLS app with ExpressVPN and keep yourself updated no matter where you are!
2020 MLS season calendar
Here’s the 2020 MLS calendar. Check your streaming site of choice for times. Dates listed here may be subject to change.
|July 9 – December 11, 2020||2020 MLS season|
|December 12, 2020||MLS Cup 2020|
|January, 2021||2021 MLS SuperDraft|
What to expect from Orlando City SC vs. New England Revolution
Time: Nov. 29, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S)
From a statistical standpoint, Orlando City SC seems to be the clearly superior squad. Both teams allowed the same number of goals during the season (26), but Orlando City scored 11 more. The favorite brings a balanced attack to the table with four players on the roster with six or more goals this year to New England’s two. The Revolution looked outgunned.
That being said, New England got off 63 more shots than Orlando this year with 13 more on target. There’s more to this underdog than meets the eye, which is why FiveThirtyEight ranks them as the third-best team remaining in the playoffs both offensively and defensively by SPI. Orlando City SC still has the best chance here, but we’ve already seen some upsets and the Revolution are a feisty side. There’s a reason they were able to take down the mighty Philadelphia Union.
What to expect from Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC
Time: Nov. 29, 8:00 p.m. ET
This is another matchup where the underdog doesn’t seem to have the firepower to keep up. The Columbus Crew’s top scorer Gyasi Zardes has twice as many goals as any player on Nashville SC, and overall the team put away 11 more tallies this year despite playing one fewer game.
Both of these sides are defensive-minded, and it would be a surprise to see a wide-open game with goals going in left, right, and centre. One goal might be enough, as it was for Nashville SC in their first-round upset of TFC on November 24.
What to expect from Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas
Time: Dec. 1, 9:30 p.m. ET
The Seattle Sounders are the reigning champions, and probably the best team left in the playoffs with the Philadelphia Union’s surprising early exit. Their offence, in particular, is outstanding thanks to the trio of Raúl Ruidíaz, Jordan Morris and Nicolás Lodeiro, who combined for 29 goals this season — exactly as many as FC Dallas scored.
It’s hard to envision Dallas coming up on top here, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. This side plays a tight game, doesn’t concede many goals, and has the ability to win a close one if they get a few breaks. If this one opens up, though, it’s game over.
What to expect from Sporting KC vs. Minnesota United
Time: Dec. 2, 9:00 p.m. ET
This looks like it might be the most evenly-matched game of the bunch as both clubs have even goal differentials and similar records. Sporting KC has a remarkably multi-faceted attack that has 11 players with at least one goal and nobody with more than six. Minnesota United is more reliant on Kevin Molino and Robin Lod, who’ve potted 41 percent of their tallies combined, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re less dangerous.
These two teams met recently —on November 1— but considering that game ended in a 0-0 draw, we didn’t learn much from it. Minnesota United is in fine form after dismantling the Colorado Rapids 3-0 in the first round, but it’s hard to penalize Sporting KC for a slightly less decisive win. If anything, their shootout victory provided proof that goalkeeper Tim Melia is ready for the spotlight.
Who will win the 2020 MLS Cup?
The Philadelphia Union finished the season at the top of the table and led the league in goals and goal differential while posting a perfect home record, that didn’t save them from an early exit. Toronto FC was the other favorite in the East considering they’d made. The MLS Cup Final in three of the last four seasons, but they too went down early. That leaves the East wide open with Columbus and Orlando City taking the mantle of conference favorites.
In the West, the biggest threats are Sporting KC, who posted the best record during the regular season, and the Seattle Sounders, who are the defending champions. Minnesota United and FC Dallas are pretty heavy underdogs, but based on what we’ve seen so far, anything is possible.
Here are the odds of each team to win the MLS Cup according to FiveThirtyEight.com:
|Team||MLS Cup Odds|
|Columbus Crew SC||17%|
|Orlando City SC||14%|
|New England Revolution||7%|