The 2019 Major League Soccer playoffs started October 19. Six teams from each conference clinched places in the playoffs, which will culminate in the final match on November 10. Fans can stream the playoffs online, but access to those streams is dependent on where you live. Read on to find out how to watch the MLS Cup playoffs live online
Note that we’ll only be recommending official sources. Although third-party streams may be available, these are often laggy, with low-resolution video. Additionally, they can be taken offline at any moment for copyright violation. Luckily, there are plenty of legitimate ways to watch the MLS Cup online, so there’s no need for unofficial streams.
MLS Cup playoff games will only be shown on region-locked platforms, meaning you’ll need a VPN to watch from abroad.
How to watch the MLS Cup abroad with a VPN
Regional blackout restrictions may prevent you from being able to live stream MLS games that include your favorite local teams. To get around this, we recommend using a VPN. Short for Virtual Private Network, a VPN encrypts all of a device’s internet traffic and routes it through an intermediary server in a location of the user’s choosing. In this case, you just need to:
- Sign up for a VPN. ExpressVPN works well for this but NordVPN and CyberGhost are two excellent low-cost alternatives.
- Install the VPN app.
- Connect to a server in the US that’s outside of the blackout region.
- Watch games without live blackout restrictions. If you have any problems, clear your cache and cookies then try again.
How to watch MLS Cup Playoffs 2019 live online
MLS coverage is split between ESPN and FOX Sports. If your cable TV subscription already includes these channels, you can log into the respective website and watch games live at no added cost.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to watch without cable. YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and Sling TV all offer both channels. We’d recommend using Sling TV, just because at $25 USD per month, it’s the least expensive option.
You should note that all of the services above are geo-blocked. This means that you’ll have to be in the US or connected to a VPN to use them. ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day risk-free money-back guarantee, meaning you can try it out and claim a full refund if unsatisfied.
Canada has two MLS playoff broadcasters: one for English-language coverage (TSN) and one for French (TVA). You can stream TVA for free online, without any need to register, and if your cable TV plan includes TSN, you’ll be able to watch those games too at no added cost.
TSN also offers an online-only pass, allowing you to live stream the 2019 MLS playoffs without cable. Daily passes cost $4.99 CAD but you can purchase a monthly pass for $19.99.
Both TSN and TVA are geo-restricted. You can still use these services from abroad by connecting to a Canadian VPN server, though.
MLS Cup Playoffs 2019 schedule
|Date||Fixture||Start Time (EST)|
|October 24||Philadelphia vs. Atlanta||8 PM|
|LAFC vs. LA Galaxy||10:30 PM|
|October 29||Seattle vs. TBD||10 PM|
|October 30||Toronto vs. TBD||8 PM|
|November 10||MLS Cup Final||3 PM|