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How to watch Major League Soccer (MLS) live in Canada

The 2020 MLS season is underway with the biggest games available on TV or via live stream in Canada.

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Major League Soccer (MLS) might not enjoy a standing among the most prestigious leagues in the world, but it still has plenty to offer fans of the beautiful game. This includes a mix of rising stars and established greats, exciting goals and packed stadiums. Following the coronavirus pandemic, the league has launched a new tournament for this year, MLS is Back.

With it being impossible to stage the usual North American competition that runs from February through to the MLS Cup in November, MLS is Back has been organised, a month-long sprint tournament. It’s being held in a hub at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Officials then optimistically hope to continue the usual season following MLS is Back.

All 26 teams will compete in MLS is Back, including newcomers David Beckham’s Inter Miami and Nashville SC.

How to watch Major League Soccer in Canada

Sports streaming site DAZN has just commenced the third year of its current deal to broadcast MLS into Canada. English-language Canadian networks TSN and CTV plus the French-language TVA Sports have broadcast deals in place to show Canadian teams.

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Live stream MLS matches with DAZN

In March 2018, DAZN signed an agreement to broadcast the MLS LIVE streaming service in Canada. It involves showing 262 live regular season games each season not featuring the Canadian teams. Under the agreement, 129 matches involving the 3 Canadian sides can be shown on 48-hour delay.

DAZN has an enormous amount of sports content on offer, including exclusive rights to the English Premier League and the NFL. You can see the full list of sports available and an extensive DAZN guide here.

Already live in 9 countries and set for massive expansion globally, DAZN offers a 30-day free trial for users to test it out. After that, you can continue on for $20 per month or take a discounted rate by opting into the $150 yearly pass. If you decide DAZN isn’t for you, simply cancel at least 24 hours before your 30 days are up.

DAZN has an app available to download on iOS and Android devices plus Amazon’s Fire tablet. If you’re stuck at work, then you can watch via laptop or PC. Other viewing options include Chromecast, Smart TVs (LG, Sony and Samsung) or PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Watch MLS matches on television in Canada

The TSN networks currently have the English-language rights to national MLS broadcasts in Canada. TSN also has “regional” rights deals to Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps matches. You can sign up to TSN for $4.99/day or $19.99/day plus applicable taxes.

French-language channel TVA Sports has access to Montreal Impact matches. Free-to-air station CTV also has limited access to MLS matches. Be sure to check your local guides.

How does MLS is Back work?

The 26 teams are split into 6 groups. There are 5 groups featuring 4 teams each, plus an additional group with 6 teams. The top 16 teams after the group matches move into the knockout round. All play-off games are single eliminations and will be decided by a penalty shootout if they are tied after 90 minutes.

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