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ESPN, ABC to carry 300+ MLS matches in 2021

ESPN and ABC to cover 300+ MLS matches throughout 2021

March 26, 2021 By Michelle Bonsu
The two American networks will be providing fans access to nearly 400 MLS matches throughout the 2021 season.

In just over a month, the 26th edition of MLS is set to get underway, and fans all over the world will be looking forward to following their favorite teams. There will be a couple of new teams looking forward to testing their skills against the more established outfits as well.

For viewers in the United States, they'll have quite a few options to stay on top of the action over the course of the 2021 MLS campaign. Network giants ABC and ESPN have been tasked with providing coverage, and they will be carrying nearly 400 matches between the season's start in April and its end in December.

This includes a much-awaited clash between David Beckham's Inter Miami versus LA Galaxy, the team he once played for, on Sunday, April 18th at 3 pm EST. The game will be featured on both ABC and ESPN Deportes. Newly formed Nashville SC will make an appearances on Sunday, May 2nd at 1 pm EST when they host Inter Miami; English-speaking fans can tune in on ESPN while Spanish-speaking viewers can catch the same game on ESPN Deportes.

There are also some interesting happenings to note throughout the season. Some include:

El Tráfico: This newly-formed, yet highly-anticipated derby for MLS fans will be featured on ESPN. City rivals LA Galaxy and LA FC will lock horns at 8 pm EST on Sunday, October 3rd.

- Two clubs who've made history - Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United - also are the two clubs who are featured the most times (six) on ESPN and ABC throughout the season.

MLS Heineken Rivalry Week: Five MLS Heineken Rivalry Week matches will be on tap between Friday, August 20th and Sunday, August 29th. This action-packed week starts with LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 pm and ends with Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers at 10:30 pm on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

- MLS Cup: For the 23rd time in 26 seasons, the MLS Cup will be featured on ESPN or an affiliated network. ABC will be hosting the event on Saturday, December 11th at 3 pm.

Below you'll find the upcoming schedule of the MLS matches scheduled to appear on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes. All matches will also be streamed live on the ESPN App.

Date

Time (ET)

Match

Networks

Sun, Apr 18

3 p.m.

Inter Miami CF vs. LA Galaxy

ABC, ESPN Deportes

Sat, Apr 24

6 p.m.

Los Angeles FC vs. Seattle Sounders

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, May 2

1 p.m.

Nashville SC vs. Inter Miami CF

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sat, May 8

6 p.m.

Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, May 9

1 p.m.

Inter Miami CF vs. Atlanta United

ABC, ESPN Deportes

 

3 p.m.

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders

ABC, ESPN Deportes

Sun, May 16

6 p.m.

New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Sat, May 22

3:30 p.m.

Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy

ABC, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Jun 20

2 p.m.

Atlanta United vs. Philadelphia Union

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sat, Jun 26

5 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Los Angeles FC

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sat, Jul 3

5 p.m.

Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sat, Jul 17

5 p.m.

Atlanta United vs. New England Revolution

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Jul 18

4 p.m.

Minnesota United vs. Seattle Sounders

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Thu, Jul 22

7:30 p.m.

Orlando City SC vs. Philadelphia Union

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

 

9:30 p.m.

Austin FC vs. Seattle Sounders

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sat, Jul 24

3:30 p.m.

Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew

ABC, ESPN Deportes

Sat, Jul 30

8 p.m.

Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

 

10 p.m.

LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Aug 15

4 p.m.

Atlanta United vs. Los Angeles FC

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Fri, Aug 20

10 p.m.

LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sat, Aug 21

4 p.m.

Minnesota United vs. Sporting Kansas City

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Fri, Aug 27

6:30 p.m.

Columbus Crew vs. Cincinnati FC

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

 

8:30 p.m.

Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami CF

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Aug 29

10:30 p.m.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Sep 19

4 p.m.

Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Sep 26

TBD.

Austin FC vs. LA Galaxy

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Oct 3

8 p.m.

LA Galaxy vs. Los Angeles FC

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Oct 17

1 p.m.

New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Oct 24

4 p.m.

Austin FC vs. Houston Dynamo

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Tue, Oct 26

10:30 p.m.

Los Angeles FC vs. Seattle Sounders

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Oct. 31

TBD

Minnesota United vs. Sporting Kansas City

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sun, Nov 7

3:30 p.m.

TBD

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

*Please be advised that all schedules are subject to modification.

The 2021 MLS season is nearly here! Make sure you don't miss out on a single minute of the action from the upcoming 2021 MLS campaign by bookmarking our bespoke MLS match page.

 


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