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Live Events from MLS LIVE, UEFA Nations League, United Soccer League, English Football League and International Friendlies plus Exclusive Access to ESPN FC

Soccer fans in America will have a new way to watch hundreds of live matches and exclusive content year-round – all for just $4.99 (or $49.99 a year) with the launch of ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer and International group in partnership with ESPN. At launch, the soccer programming lineup on ESPN+ will include more than 75 live matches in April alone – plus 23 Chicago Fire matches throughout the remainder of the MLS season to fans in the Chicago local market – and exclusive access to every episode of ESPN FC.

Live Soccer Matches on ESPN+

Through a previously announced agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS), ESPN+ subscribers will receive the entire MLS LIVE out-of-market schedule with more than 250 games this season. Currently, matches leading up to the launch of ESPN+ on April 12 are available free to stream live on MLSsoccer.com and the MLS App. After the launch, ESPN+ will provide exclusive access to out-of-market MLS games. ESPN+ will also be the local-market home for the Chicago Fire, exclusively bringing 23 Fire matches to fans in Chicago.

Through ESPN’s new multi-year, multimedia agreement with the league, ESPN+ will also carry approximately 450 United Soccer League (USL) matches this season, in addition to a USL Game of the week on ESPN3 and six USL regular season games and the 2018 USL Cup on ESPN linear networks. The USL reaches a population of more than 75 million people to fuel the growth of professional soccer across North America.

As part of a comprehensive media rights agreement with The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), ESPN+ subscribers will also have access to over 100 live matches from the newly created UEFA Nations League (UNL) tournament. Pay TV customers with an ESPN+ subscription will be able to access the entire tournament including the 36 UNL matches on ESPN linear networks and ESPN3. The UEFA Nations League is a new competition that replaces most friendly dates with competitive matches and enables all nations to play against evenly matched opponents. Teams from all of UEFA’s 55 member associations compete to become UEFA Nations League champions, to gain promotion, or to avoid relegation.

Additionally, ESPN+ subscribers will get approximately 200 total matches from the English Football League (EFL). At launch, this includes an average of four matches per week from the final months of the Sky Bet Championship Playoffs, League 1 and League 2. Additionally, beginning in August, fans will also get approximately six matches per month from the EFL Cup – featuring well-known English clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal – and 16 matches per month throughout the EFL 2018-19 season.

The service will also feature various friendlies from top international clubs and national teams.

ESPN FC Exclusively on ESPN+

ESPN+ will be the new, exclusive home of ESPN FC – ESPN’s daily soccer news and information, highlights and analysis program hosted by Dan Thomas joined by top analysts and ESPN’s renowned journalists from around the globe. As of April 12, new shows will be available weekdays and Sundays only on ESPN+.

The live soccer schedule for April:

Date Time (ET) Event
Thu, Apr 12 2:45 p.m. Bradford City vs. Shrewsbury Town (English League One)
Fri, Apr 13 2:45 p.m. Aston Villa vs. Leeds United (English League Championship)
  10:30 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Los Angeles Football Club (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Apr 14 10:00 a.m. Middlesbrough vs. Bristol City (English League Championship)
  12:00 p.m. Indy Eleven vs. Nashville SC (United Soccer League)
  12:30 p.m. Fulham vs. Brentford (English League Championship)
  1:00 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact (Major League Soccer)
  3:00 p.m. Colorado Rapids vs. Toronto FC (Major League Soccer)
  4:00 p.m. New York Red Bulls II vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (United Soccer League)
  7:00 p.m. D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew SC (Major League Soccer)
  7:00 p.m. Charlotte Independence vs. North Carolina FC (United Soccer League)
  7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Ottawa Fury FC (United Soccer League)
  7:30 p.m. New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas (Major League Soccer)
  7:30 p.m. Louisville City FC vs. Richmond Kickers (United Soccer League)
  8:00 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC (United Soccer League)
  8:30 p.m. Saint Louis FC vs. LA Galaxy II (United Soccer League)
  8:30 p.m. San Antonio FC vs. Orange County SC (United Soccer League)
  8:30 p.m. Swope Park Rangers vs. OKC Energy FC (United Soccer League)
  10:00 p.m. Reno 1868 FC vs. Cololorado Springs Switchbacks FC (United Soccer League)
  10:30 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United FC (Major League Soccer)
  10:30 p.m. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo (Major League Soccer)
  11:00 p.m. Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Sacramento Republic FC (United Soccer League)
Sun, Apr 15 7:00 a.m. Wolverhampton vs. Birmingham City (English League Championship)
  3:00 p.m. Bethlehem Steel FC vs. FC Cincinnati (United Soccer League)
Wed, Apr 18 8:00 p.m. Toronto FC II vs. North Carolina FC (United Soccer League)
  10:00 p.m. Fresno FC vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (United Soccer League)
  10:00 p.m. Portland Timbers 2 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC (United Soccer League)
Thu, Apr 19 2:45 p.m. Blackburn Rovers vs. Peterborough United (English League One)
Fri, Apr 20 2:45 p.m. Millwall vs. Fulham (English League Championship)
  9:00 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Apr 21 8:00 a.m. Ipswich Town vs. Aston Villa (English League Championship)
  1:00 p.m. Montreal Impact vs. Los Angeles Football Club (Major League Soccer)
  2:00 p.m. Ottawa Fury vs. North Carolina FC (United Soccer League)
  2:45 p.m. Cardiff City vs. Nottingham Forest (English League Championship)
  3:00 p.m. Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC (Major League Soccer)
  7:00 p.m. Atlanta United 2 vs. Louisville City FC (United Soccer League)
  7:00 p.m. FC Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC (United Soccer League)
  7:00 p.m. Penn FC vs. Charleston Battery (United Soccer League)
  7:30 p.m. Columbus Crew SC vs. New England Revolution (Major League Soccer)
  7:30 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Major League Soccer)
  7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Real Monarchs SLC (United Soccer League)
  8:00 p.m. FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union (Major League Soccer)
  8:00 p.m. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2 (United Soccer League)
  8:00 p.m. OKC Energy FC vs. Saint Louis FC (United Soccer League)
  9:00 p.m. Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer)
  10:00 p.m. Phoenix Rising FC vs. Swope Park Rangers (United Soccer League)
  10:00 p.m. Portland Timbers 2 vs. Reno 1868 FC (United Soccer League)
  10:30 p.m. LA Galaxy vs. Atlanta United FC (Major League Soccer)
Sun, Apr 22 8:30 p.m. LA Galaxy II vs. New York Red Bulls II (United Soccer League)
  9:00 p.m. Fresno FC vs. San Antonio FC (United Soccer League)
Tue, Apr 24 6:30 p.m. Penn FC vs. Nashville SC (United Soccer League)
  7:00 p.m. Atlanta United 2 vs. Charleston Battery (United Soccer League)
Wed, Apr 25 7:00 p.m. Richmond Kickers vs. Toronto FC II (United Soccer League)
  8:00 p.m. Rio Grande Valley FC vs. Orange County SC (United Soccer League)
Fri, Apr 27 10:30 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake (Major League Soccer)
  2:40 p.m. Fulham vs. Sunderland (English League Championship)
Sat, Apr 28 9:55 a.m. Aston Villa vs. Derby County (English League Championship)
  12:25 p.m. Middlesbrough vs. Millwall (English League Championship)
1:00 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. Montreal Impact (Major League Soccer)
  2:00 p.m. Ottawa Fury FC vs. FC Cincinnati (United Soccer League)
  3:00 p.m. Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
  6:30 p.m. Toronto FC II vs. New York Red Bulls II (United Soccer League)
  7:00 p.m. Charleston Battery vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (United Soccer League)
  7:00 p.m. Charlotte Independence vs. Indy Eleven (United Soccer League)
  7:00 p.m. North Carolina FC vs. Penn FC (United Soccer League)
  7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Atlanta United 2 (United Soccer League)
  7:30 p.m. Columbus Crew SC vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Major League Soccer)
  7:30 p.m. New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City (Major League Soccer)
  7:30 p.m. Louisville City FC vs. Bethlehem Steel FC (United Soccer League)
  8:00 p.m. Minnesota United FC vs. Houston Dynamo (Major League Soccer)
  8:30 p.m. Swope Park Rangers vs. Saint Louis FC (United Soccer League)
  10:00 p.m. Orange County SC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (United Soccer League)
  10:00 p.m. Phoenix Rising FC vs. Fresno FC (United Soccer League)
  10:00 p.m. Reno 1868 FC vs. OKC Energy FC (United Soccer League)
  10:30 p.m. LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls (Major League Soccer)
  10:30 p.m. Sacramento Republic FC vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (United Soccer League)
Sun, Apr 29 6:00 p.m. New York City FC vs. FC Dallas (Major League Soccer)
Mon, Apr 30 9:00 p.m. Real Monarchs SLC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC (United Soccer League)

 

The full Chicago Fire schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event
Sat, Apr 28 3:00 p.m. Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sat, May 5 8:30 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. Atlanta United FC (Major League Soccer)
Wed, May 9 8:30 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact (Major League Soccer)
Sat, May 12 7:30 p.m. Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sat, May 26 7:30 p.m. Orlando City SC vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Wed, May 30 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Jun 9 8:30 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution (Major League Soccer)
Wed, Jun 13 9:00 p.m. Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Jun 23 10:00 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Jun 30 8:30 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Jul 7 10:30 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Wed, Jul 11 8:30 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Jul 14 8:00 p.m. FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Jul 21 7:00 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Jul 28 7:00 p.m. Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Aug 4 10:00 p.m. Real Salt Lake vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Aug 11 8:30 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Aug 18 7:30 p.m. Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Aug 25 8:30 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew SC (Major League Soccer)
Sat, Sept 22 7:30 p.m. New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Wed, Sept 26 7:00 p.m. New York City FC vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sun, Oct 21 3:00 p.m. Atlanta United FC vs. Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer)
Sun, Oct 28 4:30 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United (Major League Soccer)

 

About ESPN+

ESPN+ will be the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International group in partnership with ESPN. It will offer fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. This includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, the full library of ESPN Films (including 30 for 30) and more. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.

Launching April 12, ESPN+ will be an integrated part of a completely redesigned ESPN App. Already the leading sports app, the new ESPN App will be the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans and is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation. With a richer, increasingly more personalized experience, the new ESPN App will curate all of ESPN’s incredible content into an experience unique to each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ will also be available through ESPN.com.

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