This is a bit of a surprise. It looked like LAFC, which had a historic 2019, was on a collision course with Atlanta United, the defending MLS champs, for MLS title match on Sunday. But the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC both pulled off upsets on the road, and now those two teams will meet in the MLS Cup for the third time in four years, because MLS.
Here’s how to stream Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, in the 2019 edition of the MLS Cup live.
Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC
- When: 3pm ET, Sunday, Nov. 10
- Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington
- Streaming: ABC, Univision, TUDN
Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC live stream: How to watch MLS Cup 2019 without cable
The match is on ABC, Univision, and TUDN; the following services provide a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch this and other MLS playoff matches live.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, 10 beIN SPORTS channels, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here.) If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
4) YouTube TV
YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: What to watch for
For the third time in four years, these teams meet in the MLS Cup, but it’s a little different than in 2016, especially for the home team.
The Seattle Sounders’ offense runs through three star players with decidedly different backgrounds: Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz is more of a pure No. 9 but isn’t necessarily deployed as one. Uruguayan midfielder Nico Lodeiro is a creative playmaker who gets on the scoresheet—he had seven goals to go with his 12 assists this season—and U.S. national Jordan Morris has adapted to his pure winger role well while recovering from injury.
For Toronto, some of the players from past MLS Cup campaigns are on the roster. Michael Bradley’s been rejuvenated in the past few matches, even as Jozy Altidore’s been sidelined with an injury. The two Toronto FC players to watch, though, are Canadian national Jonathan Osorio, who has been magnificent in the playoffs, and Spanish playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo, who has arguably been the MVP for this team all season.
While this isn’t the marquee matchup many MLS fans were hoping for, it should still be electric, with a Sounders home crowd of 69,000 getting loud.
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