Fans won’t miss a minute of the action thanks to the unprecedented coverage offered by MLS Soccer Sunday: Week 1 LIVE, a digital “whip around” show that will bring fans closer to the action with nearly four hours of enhanced access to the full slate of Week 1 games. Beginning at 1 p.m. ET on MLSsoccer.com, ESPN3 and FOX Sports GO, the show will offer 2016 season club previews, live look-ins to the first six matches of the day, in-depth analysis of the game action as well as live on-site reports from Chicago and Portland, all leading in to the four nationally-broadcast matches that evening.
A rematch of 2015 MLS Cup highlights Week 1 action as Kei Kamara and Columbus Crew SC descend on Portland looking to spoil the Timbers’ home opener live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (4:30 p.m. ET). The task will be easier said than done, however, as Darlington Nagbe, fresh off of a call-up to the U.S. National Team, and the Timbers begin their quest to defend the Cup in front of the Timbers Army and a packed Providence Park crowd.
Following the Cup rematch, fans will be treated to three more marquee matches, televised by the MLS national broadcast partners. The Montreal Impact and world-class striker Didier Drogba open action against Canadian foe Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who will look to 24-year-old Uruguayan Octavio Rivero to put the ball in the back of the net, and 2015 MLS Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year runner-up David Ousted to keep them out (5:30 p.m. ET, TSN/RDS)
With two goals in CONCACAF Champions League action last week, Sounders FC captain Clint Dempsey will lead Seattle at home against Western Conference foe, Sporting Kansas City. Fans around the country will be tuning into FS1 and FOX Deportes (7 p.m. ET) to see if the highly touted rookie forward, Jordan Morris, will figure prominently in Seattle’s plans this season.
Rounding out the MLS Soccer Sunday Week 1 action on national television, a new-look LA Galaxy, complete with veteran signings Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands (81 caps), Ashley Cole from England (107 caps) and Jelle Van Damme from Belgium (30 caps), play host to D.C. United, with their exciting newcomer, 21-year-old Boca Juniors midfielder Luciano Acosta. (10 p.m. ET, UniMás).
Copa America Candidates
Early MLS season action will also be under increased interest from national team technical staffs as the 16 national team coaches from this summer’s Copa América Centenario will be keeping a watchful eye on not only their players but potential opponents. Approximately 50 MLS players are expected to compete in the historic tournament this June, which will be held across 10 U.S. cities – nine of which are MLS markets – offering fans the chance to watch the biggest men’s soccer event in the United States since the 1994 FIFA World Cup live in person.
CLICK HERE for video of the league’s top players previewing the 2016 MLS regular season and Copa América Centenario. (video credit: www.MLSsoccer.com)