ESPN Presents Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs


Surround Coverage on SportsCenter, ESPN FC and ESPN Digital Platforms

ESPN and ESPN Deportes will combine to present live coverage of five Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs matches beginning this weekend with two Round 1 games: Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET (ESPNEWS on ESPN Deportes), and Minnesota United vs. LA Galaxy, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. ABC will televise the 2019 MLS Cup presented by Audi on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Event/Commentators Networks
Sat, Oct 19 10 p.m. Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs: Round I

Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers

Adrian Healey, Alejandro Moreno and reporter Stefano Fusero

Richard Méndez and Alex Pareja

ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 20  8:30 p.m. Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs: Round I

Minnesota United FC vs. LA Galaxy

Jon Champion, Taylor Twellman and Sebastian Salazar

Méndez and Pareja

ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thu, Oct 24 8 p.m. Audi MLS Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinal

Healey and Moreno

Méndez and Pareja

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
  10:30 p.m. Audi MLS Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Semifinal

Champion, Twellman and Salazar

Mauricio Pedroza and Gomez

ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Tue, Oct 29 TBD Audi MLS Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Final

Champion, Twellman and Salazar

Pedroza and Gomez

ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Nov 10 3 p.m. 2019 MLS Cup Presented by Audi

Champion, Twellman and Salazar

ABC

 Studio Coverage:

  • SportsCenter : Editions of the ESPN flagship program will feature highlights and analysis of 2019 MLS Cup Playoff matches
  • ESPN FC (6 p.m. ET daily on ESPN+): On Saturday, host Dan Thomas and Shaka Hislop will preview the Real Salt Lake-Portland Timbers game. Analysts Craig Burley and Steve Nicol will join Thomas on Sunday to discuss Minnesota United FC vs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy
  • On-site studio: Sebastian Salazar and Alejandro Moreno will host pregame, halftime and postgame segments from site of Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, Oct. 29
  • MLS Countdown Live – the 30-minute digital show hosted by Salazar will stream live from four MLS Cup Playoff games – Minnesota United vs. LA Galaxy on Sunday; Western Conference Semifinal on Thursday, Oct. 24; Western Conference Final (Tuesday, Oct. 29); and the MLS Cup on Sunday, Nov. 10. The show is available on Twitter, YouTube and the ESPN App, and it features interviews, team news, special guests and more.

ESPNFC (www.espn.com/soccer): Coverage of Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs on ESPN’s industry-leading global soccer news and information hub will include:

  • The 20-year friendship of Rimando, Beckerman is about to change: Jeff Carlisle visits Salt Lake City for a conversation with goalkeeper Nick Rimando as he brings his career to a close, including a look at his relationship with longtime friend and teammate Kyle Beckerman
  • Round 1 and Conference Semifinal reaction: Arch Bell and Jason Davis will recap the biggest storylines after each of the opening round matches of the MLS Cup playoffs, and look ahead to what’s next for the winning teams
  • Who should be MLS MVP?: Carlos Vela? Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Two of the best to ever play in MLS have made strong cases to win the Landon Donovan MVP award in 2019. Carlisle makes the case for, and against, this season’s frontrunners
  • Conference Final reaction: Carlisle and Noah Davis – reporting from sites of the Western and Eastern Conference Finals, respectively – offer deep dives on how each conference was won
  • MLS Cup previews: Comprehensive coverage featuring content by Carlisle, Davis, Bell and Davis leading up to Major League Soccer’s biggest game of the season, including Xs and Os analysis and compelling profiles. Reporters Carlisle and Austin Lindberg will be on site to provide instant news and interviews.

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