The Chicago Fire became the first MLS team to entirely eschew a local or regional broadcaster, signing a three-year rights agreement with ESPN for 27 Fire games in 2018 to be available in both English
and Spanish on ESPN-Plus, ESPN's soon-to-launch streaming product.
Fire fans will have to pay a $4.99 monthly subscription but it will also give them access to all MLS games on ESPN-Plus.
Those MLS games consist of out-of-market games not broadcast nationally.
"The partnership between ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, and our storied club is a powerful combination,"
said Fire president and general manager Nelson Rodriguez
. "Our fans will receive top-quality streaming and production, available anytime, anywhere and across any devices."
ESPN-Plus' launch, Fire fans will enjoy free access to MLS Live matches.
Los Angeles FC has signed a streaming agreement with YouTube TV
for its English-language
broadcasts. It has assumed that KMEX will air local broadcasts in Spanish but no agreement has yet been announced.
Seattle also signed a streaming deal with YouTube TV
but that it is addition to the
regional package it also has.