How to Watch the MLS Cup Final Without a Cable Subscription
On Saturday, December 9, the MLS season will come to a close when the single-game cup final kicks off at 4:00 pm EST. As soon as the second legs of each conference championship wrap up this week, we’ll know which two teams will have a shot at hoisting the coveted trophy.
With the final a little over a week away, you’ll definitely want to secure your way of watching the anticipated matchup. If you don’t currently have a cable subscription (and who does?), here’s how you can still enjoy the game.
Sling TV’s Free Trial
As one of the premier replacements for traditional cable TV, Sling offers a wide variety of channels including ESPN, which will broadcast the MLS Cup Final. This means that, if you have the service, you can watch directly through your Sling app or link your account with the WatchESPN app to stream from a large number of devices.
Sling offers streaming packages starting at $25/month, which includes access to ESPN. If you don’t already have it, the service new customers a 7-day free trial, which is easy to cancel if you aren’t interested in keeping the service after that initial week.
If you’re interested in streaming the game in Spanish, Sling TV also offers access to Unimas via it’s $10/month Spanish TV add-on. Unimas will broadcast the Cup Final live as well.
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Try YouTube TV
If you’re not a fan of Sling TV – or have taken advantage of its free trial for a past sporting event – you can try YouTube’s new streaming television service. Available in most cities throughout the country, YouTube TV is a lot like Sling, but with a few minor differences.
The YouTube TV packages start at $35/month for base services without premium add-ons like Showtime or HBO. Just like Sling, you’ll get a free, 7-day trial that you can cancel before your credit card is charged. YouTube TV offers access to ESPN but there’s no option for Unimas currently.
NOTE: YouTube TV offers access to all the broadcast networks, even CBS. This is a big deal if you’re interested in keeping the service after your free trial, as none of the other major streaming services offer access to that particular broadcast network.
WatchESPN is a fantastic way to watch everything the ESPN channels have to offer via one, convenient streaming app available on everything from Roku to Apple TV to Xbox and PlayStation game consoles.
To take advantage of this app, you’ll need to sign in to the app and link an existing cable/streaming TV account, easily doable with something like Sling or YouTube TV. So, while this is a great way to watch, it does still require service access. If you have a nice friend or family member who’s willing to share cable account information with you, you can utilize that account and take advantage of the app without signing up for any service trials.
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