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MLS 2020 schedule: How to watch, live stream games

Sporting News — (Rudi Schuller)

Like much of the sports world, Major League Soccer saw its 2020 schedule upended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league managed to get through just two weeks of its 2020 schedule before being shut down as the world looked to stop the spread of the virus. After several months of inactivity, MLS returned in a "bubble" at Walt Disney World (right next to the NBA's bubble) for a one-off tournament where the group-stage games also counted toward the regular season. 

Immediately after the Orlando tourney, teams resumed action for "Phase 1" of the return to the regular season, with each team playing six games within their own region through Sept. 16. That has helped fuel local rivalries, making for some heated affairs.

MORE: Sign up for ESPN+ to stream MLS live all season

On Sept. 11, the league announced the schedule for the rest of September, along with the playoff qualification and format.

During that time period from Sept. 18-27, with the league continuing to finalize travel protocols, the Canadian teams will play all three of their matches in the U.S., including each club hosting one home match in a U.S. city. The Montreal Impact will host a match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., Toronto FC at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn., and Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.

As for playoffs, they will consist of single-elimination matches hosted by the higher-seeded team and follow a straight bracket format through MLS Cup on Dec.12.

Eighteen clubs will compete in the MLS playoffs. Eight teams from the 12-team Western Conference will qualify directly to Round 1. The top six seeds from the 14-team Eastern Conference will qualify directly to Round 1. Eastern Conference seeds 7-10 will each compete in a play-in match (No. 7 vs. No. 10, and No. 8 vs. No. 9) to determine the two additional Eastern Conference teams that will qualify for Round 1.

The lower-seeded advancing team will face the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed in Round 1, while the higher-seeded advancing team will face the Eastern Conference No. 2 seed.

The playoff schedule has yet to be announced.

MLS schedule

Here's the full schedule for the remainder of Major League Soccer's September games, plus how to watch every match live:

(All times Eastern)

DATEKICK-OFFFIXTURE/RESULTTV/LIVE STREAM
Sept. 123:30 p.m.Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 2Univision/TUDN
Sept. 127 p.m.NYCFC 2, FC Cincinnati 1ESPN+
Sept. 127 p.m.D.C. United 0, New York Red Bulls 2ESPN+
Sept. 127:30 p.m.Orlando City 2, Inter Miami 1ESPN+
Sept. 127:30 p.m.Philadelphia Union 2, New England Revolution 1ESPN+
Sept. 128:30 p.m.Nashville SC 4, Atlanta United 2ESPN+
Sept. 128:30 p.m.FC Dallas 2, Houston Dynamo 1ESPN+
Sept. 129:30 p.m.Real Salt Lake 0, Colorado Rapids 5ESPN+
Sept. 138:30 p.m.Sporting KC 1, Minnesota United 0ESPN+
Sept. 139:30 p.m.Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Montreal Impact 4ESPN+
Sept. 1311 p.m.LAFC 4, Portland Timbers 2ESPN+
Sept. 1311 p.m.San Jose Earthquakes 0, LA Galaxy 0UniMas/TUDN
Sept. 168:30 p.m.FC Dallas 4, Colorado Rapids 1ESPN+
Sept. 169:30 p.m.San Jose Earthquakes 1, Portland Timbers 1FS1
Sept. 169:30 p.m.Vancouver Whitecaps 3, Montreal Impact 1ESPN+
Sept. 1810 p.m.Seattle Sounders FC 3, LAFC 0ESPN+
Sept. 19TBDNew England Revolution 0, NYCFC 0ESPN+
Sept. 193:30 p.m.Sporting KC 2, FC Dallas 3Univision/TUDN
Sept. 197 p.m.Atlanta United 1, Inter Miami 2ESPN+
Sept. 197 p.m.New York Red Bulls 0, FC Cincinnati 1ESPN+
Sept. 197:30 p.m.Columbus Crew 2, Nashville FC 0ESPN+
Sept. 197:30 p.m.D.C. United 2, Toronto FC 2ESPN+
Sept. 197:30 p.m.Orlando City 4, Chicago Fire 1ESPN+
Sept. 198 p.m.Houston Dynamo 2, Minnesota United 2ESPN+
Sept. 199:30 p.m.Real Salt Lake 1, Vancouver Whitecaps 2ESPN+
Sept. 1910:30 p.m.LA Galaxy 0, Colorado Rapids 2ESPN+
Sept. 1910:30 p.m.San Jose Earthquakes 1, Portland Timbers 6ESPN+
Sept. 207 p.m.Montreal Impact 1, Philadelphia Union 1ESPN+
Sept. 237 p.m.Atlanta United 1, FC Dallas 0ESPN+
Sept. 237 p.m.NYCFC 0, Toronto FC 1ESPN+
Sept. 237:30 p.m.Chicago Fire 4, Houston Dynamo 0ESPN+
Sept. 237:30 p.m.FC Cincinnati 0, Philadelphia Union 0ESPN+
Sept. 237:30 p.m.Columbus Crew 2, Minnesota United 1ESPN+
Sept. 237:30 p.m.New England Revolution 3, Montreal Impact 1ESPN+
Sept. 237:30 p.m.Sporting KC 1, Orlando City 2FS1
Sept. 238 p.m.Inter Miami 1, New York Red Bulls 4ESPN+
Sept. 238:30 p.m.Nashville SC 1, D.C. United 0ESPN+
Sept. 239 p.m.Colorado Rapids 5, San Jose Earthquakes 0ESPN+
Sept. 239:30 p.m.Real Salt Lake 2, LA Galaxy 0ESPN+
Sept. 2310 p.m.Portland Timbers 1, Seattle Sounders 0ESPN+
Sept. 2310:30 p.m.LAFC 6, Vancouver Whitecaps 0ESPN+
Sept. 263:30 p.m.Nashville FC vs. Houston DynamoUnivision/TUDN
Sept. 267 p.m.NYCFC vs. FC CincinnatiESPN+
Sept. 277 p.m.D.C. United vs. New England RevolutionESPN+
Sept. 277 p.m.New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal ImpactESPN+
Sept. 277:30 p.m.Philadelphia Union vs. Inter MiamiESPN+
Sept. 277:30 p.m.Chicago Fire vs. Atlanta UnitedESPN+
Sept. 277:30 p.m.Toronto FC vs. Columbus CrewESPN+
Sept. 278 p.m.Minnesota United vs. Real Salt LakeESPN+
Sept. 278:30 p.m.FC Dallas vs. Orlando CityESPN+
Sept. 279 p.m.Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting KCESPN+
Sept. 2710 p.m.Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland TimbersESPN+
Sept. 2710:30 p.m.LAFC vs. San Jose EarthquakesESPN+
Sept. 2710:30 p.m.LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FCESPN+

How to watch MLS games

The majority of MLS games can be streamed on ESPN+. Some games are available on Univision, TUDN or FS1, as noted in the schedule above. 

Click here to learn more about how to stream on ESPN+.