MLS UK TV Schedule: April 2017 – 14 games to be shown live over next 5 weeks

The 2017 MLS season has got off to a flyer, with 99 goals scored in the first 35 games of the new season – an average of 2.83 per game. Atlanta United have taken to the league without any real struggle, while fellow expansion side Minnesota United have been conceding goals for fun. They have shipped 18 in just four matches, accounting for 18% of the league’s goals in March.

April is now upon us and with some form now in the books, plenty of teams will be heading into the first full month of the season with varying degrees of optimism. There are 55 MLS games to enjoy over the next five weeks and UK viewers will be able to enjoy 14 of them live on Sky Sports. More games could be added to the TV listings as the month goes on and they will be added to the list below when confirmed.

 

17 of the league’s 22 sides will play at least once on UK television in April, with Orlando City fans set to see their team play all five of their fixtures on Sky Sports over the next month.

Saturday, April 1st

New York City FC vs San Jose Earthquakes – 19:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Columbus Crew SC vs Orlando City – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Saturday, April 8th

Toronto FC vs Atlanta United – *00:30 BST – Sky Sports 3

*This game is officially listed as Sunday, April 9th but will take place late on the Saturday evening.

Sunday, April 9th

Orlando City vs New York Red Bulls – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports 5

Saturday, April 15th

Orlando City vs LA Galaxy – 20:00 BST – Sky Sports 5

Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution – 22:00 BST – Sky Sports 5

Saturday, April 22nd

Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact – 18:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Sunday, April 23rd

New York City FC vs Orlando City – 18:30 BST – Sky Sports 3

LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports 3

Saturday, April 29th

Orlando City vs Colorado Rapids – 21:00 BST – Sky Sports Mix

New York Red Bulls vs Chicago Fire – *00:30 BST – Sky Sports 2

*This game officially takes place on Sunday, April 30th but will be played late on the Saturday evening.

Sunday, April 30th

Atlanta United vs DC United – 20:00 BST – Sky Sports 2

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Sky Sports confirm four-year TV deal to show live MLS in the UK

Sky Sports have confirmed that they will exclusively broadcast live Major League Soccer games in the UK this season, starting in March when the 2015 campaign is set to get underway.

The UK’s biggest sports broadcaster is expected to show two live games each week in what is an enormous step for the growth of MLS, particularly here in Great Britain as football fans will now have access to one of the world’s most exciting leagues on a regular basis.

Sky Sports will broadcast at least two MLS regular-season matches each week, as well as the AT&T MLS All-Star Game, every MLS Cup Playoff game, and the MLS Cup final.

Sky will also broadcast weekly MLS highlights across their various platforms in what is another major step for the league.

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard will complete their moves to LA Galaxy and New York City FC respectively this summer and they will be just two of many stars from the UK and Ireland.

Robbie Keane has been sensational for the LA Galaxy for numerous years and he claimed the MLS Most Valuable Player award at the end of the 2014 campaign.

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Other names UK fans may recognise include Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), Nigel Reo-Coker (Montreal Impact), Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers), Lloyd Sam (New York Red Bulls), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City) and Steven Caldwell (Toronto FC).

Gary Stevenson is the President and Managing Director of MLS Business Ventures and he is excited about the partnership between MLS and Sky Sports.

“As MLS continues to grow into a global brand, we are excited to partner with Sky Sports, a leader in the UK TV market, to bring the sport to millions of soccer fans.

“2015 is a milestone year for MLS including new stars, new clubs and a new brand. Sky Sports will help continue to grow the League and its Clubs worldwide.”

David Beckham is the man who changed the perception of MLS when he moved to LA Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007 and he is excited about the announcement.

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“This is another important moment that shows the continued growth of MLS,” Beckham told Sky Sports on confirmation of the deal.

“I have seen first-hand how popular soccer has become in America. Having fantastic partners such as Sky Sports on board will not only add to the coverage of the game, it will also broaden its appeal outside of US.”

Beckham is an ambassador for Sky Sports as is former New York Red Bulls and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. The Frenchman only recently joined Sky after retiring at the end of the 2014 MLS season.

Henry also helped to grow the league in his four-and-a-half-year stay in New York and he knows that MLS will be “huge” in the immediate future.

“I will never forget my time playing in MLS – it gave me some great memories and I was proud to play a role in growing the game,” Henry said.

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“I saw the passion of the fans in the US. They have always had it for other sports but they also have it for football now and it’s going to be huge in years to come. Sky Sports is the best place for the game, to bring it closer to fans in the UK and build MLS even more.”

The 2015 season is set to get underway in nine days with reigning champions, LA Galaxy hosting Chicago Fire in the season opener on Friday, March 6.

What do you make of the Sky Sports deal to show live MLS games?

Groundbreaking TV deal will see MLS shown live in UK twice per week – report

The day has finally come. Major League Soccer is set to be shown live on television in the UK on a weekly basis in a move that will help the league grow enormously.

ESPN’s Taylor Twellman revealed the news on Twitter today as he tweeted: “Big news here at the MLS broadcast meetings that Sky Sports will carry two games per week”.

MLS signed a huge TV deal for coverage in the United States last year and now live coverage is set to extend across the Atlantic to the UK.

Sky Sports are the country’s number one sports broadcaster and currently show live coverage of the Premier League, Champions League, English Football League, Scottish football, Spanish football and Dutch football’s Eredivisie action.

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Sky Sports are the UK’s biggest sports broadcaster

 

Showing two MLS games per week will seriously improve the number of MLS fans from abroad, and will show UK football lovers just how good a league MLS has become.

BT Sport are Sky Sports’ biggest rival and they showed any MLS action last year but the failure to cover live games on a regular basis halted any growth from across the pond.

Sky show three Premier League games per week so to have two MLS matches shows they are taking the league seriously.

Recently retired New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry recently joined Sky Sports as a pundit and the Frenchman could offer analysis and insight if Sky have their own broadcast team in place.

Thierry Henry as a pundit on Sky Sports (via Sky Sports)

Thierry Henry as a pundit on Sky Sports (via Sky Sports)

it’s unclear what sort of times games will be shown on Sky Sports as some matches could start in the early hours of the morning. But that hasn’t stopped incredible numbers of people watching NFL action from here in the UK in recent years and MLS will hopefully garner the same support.

We’ll bring you more details when they are revealed by the league and/or by Sky Sports. But this is looking like a major breakthrough for MLS.

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