NEW YORK (October 16, 2016) – With 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoff spots, Supporters’ Shield honors, and the Golden Boot scoring title on the line, Major League Soccer today announced coverage details for the regular season finale on October 23, Decision Day.
Just as in Week 33, flex scheduling allows broadcast partners to select the most important matches as the dust settles over the playoff landscape.
ESPN and ESPN Deportes will air the Seattle Sounders FC versus Real Salt Lake match as the two teams battle for just three remaining Western Conference playoff spots. A tie may not be enough for these two, but both teams control their own destiny… in with a win. Airing parallel to the ESPN and ESPN Deportes game broadcast, ESPN2’s “MLS Decision Day Whiparound” studio show will provide two hours of unprecedented Decision Day coverage, bringing fans every breathtaking goal, save, and key moment from around the final day of action.
FS1 and FOX Deportes will showcase the LA Galaxy versus FC Dallas game live from the StubHub Center as Dallas look to capture the top seed in the playoffs alongside Supporters’ Shield honors.
TSN will air the Vancouver Whitecaps FC versus Portland Timbers game that will decide if the reigning MLS Cup champs slide above the red line as they will secure a spot in the postseason with a win. TSN4 and RDS will carry Toronto FC versus Chicago Fire.
The remaining Decision Day matchups will be available through regional broadcasts and on MLS LIVE. MLS LIVE will offer a special one-day pass, providing 24 hours of access for a special rate of $7.99. Standard MLS LIVE blackout rules apply.
MLSsoccer.com will again provide expert analysis during the “MLS Matchday Live – Decision Day Pregame” show, preparing fans for the most exciting day of the season. Digital coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on the MLS Facebook page,MLS YouTube channel, and broadcast partner platforms ESPN3, FoxSportsGo, TSNGO, skysports.com, Sky Sports Facebook page, the Sky Sports App for Smartphones, and theFOX Sports Africa Facebook page.
Following the final whistle, the “MLS Matchday Live – Decision Day Postgame” show will return to the same digital platforms (with the exception of Sky Sports properties) to analyze the action, debate the playoffs contenders, and look ahead to the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
Featured guests will include MLS coaching legend and former Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid and former Vancouver Whitecaps FC manager Martin Rennie.
Fans following the action on social media can join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter using #DecisionDay.
Visit the MLSsoccer.com Standings page for live standings, updated every 30 seconds throughout Decision Day.
Decision Day – October 23, 2016 - Schedule: