For the second year in a row, the MLS Cup comes down to the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC, who will battle it out at BMO Field for league supremacy. With Toronto looking to put the finishing touches on a history-making 69-point season, and the Sounders–who are even better than last year’s title winning squad–attempting to become just the fourth back-to-back champs, this sets up as potentially one of the best MLS Cups of all time.
Kick is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Here’s everything you need to know to watch:
USA Live Stream Info, English
In the United States, the game will be broadcast on ESPN. That means you can watch a live stream via WatchESPN if you have a cable log-in, but if you don’t have cable, you can watch the game online, on your phone, or on another streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, so you can watch tonight’s match for free:
DirecTV Now: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 are included in all four channel packages. It comes with a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get $25 off your first month if you enter promo code “BDAY2017”. You can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app
Sling TV: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 are all included in the “Sling Orange” package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here. You can watch on your computer via the Sling website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app
PlayStation Vue: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 are part of every bundle. You can sign up for a free 5-day trial right here. You can watch on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the PlayStation Vue app
Also note: You can also watch on your computer via the WatchESPN website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the WatchESPN app. When you’re asked to verify your cable provider, you’ll just use your DirecTV Now, Sling TV or PS Vue credentials to sign in
USA Live Stream Info, Spanish
In the United States, the Spanish broadcast will be on UniMas. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch UniMas via FuboTV, a cable-free, live-TV streaming services. It costs a monthly fee but comes with a free trial, allowing you to watch tonight’s match for free:
FuboTV: UniMas is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, which costs $19.99 per month for the first two months and $39.99 per month after that. Both come with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app
Canada Live Stream Info
Feeling that the Sounders–who attempted zero shots on target through 120 minutes and proceeded to win last year’s title via penalties–came into their home and stole the MLS Cup a year ago, Toronto gets a rare chance at revenge in the exact same spot. And after leading the MLS in goals (74) and goal differential (plus-37) on their way to becoming the first team in league history to tally 69 points, TFC has been considered the Cup favorite for the majority of the season.
But for as dangerous as Toronto’s attack can be, Seattle’s defense has been equally as stingy. Not only are they yet to concede in the postseason, but they’ve kept six clean sheets in a row and eight in their last 10 matches. The center-back duo of Chad Marshall and Roman Torres is reminiscent of a brick wall, while goalkeeper Stefan Frei–last year’s MLS Cup hero–is extremely difficult to beat.
Moreover, Seattle’s attack is much improved, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be a park-the-bus situation like last year’s MLS Cup. Will Bruin has been a fantastic addition, with 13 goals this season. Jordan Morris is 100 percent after missing two months due to injury. Clint Dempsey, who didn’t play in last year’s MLS Cup, is also good to go.
Ultimately, you have this peculiar situation where last year’s Cup winner has improved but will still enter the final as the underdog. That’s a testament to how good Toronto has been, but it’s also an indication of just how good this year’s MLS Cup should be.