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Major League Soccer package on Apple TV launches on February 1

The 10-year partnership between Major League Soccer and Apple kicks off February 1 with the launch of the MLS Season Pass.

The announcement came on Wednesday less than two weeks after the MLS Cup and just before the start of the World Cup.

The rights deal, first announced in July, will allow fans to watch every game without local blackouts or restrictions. The service will be available exclusively in more than 100 countries through the Apple TV app starting next year.

Apple TV MLS Prices

The app can be accessed on Apple devices, smart TVs, streaming devices, set-top boxes, and game consoles, as well as on Apple’s website. The package costs $14.99 per month or $99 per season, while Apple TV+ offers it for $12.99 per month and $79 per season.

Season ticket holders of MLS clubs receive season tickets as part of their ticket benefits.

MLS Season Pass launches less than a month before the 2023 season kicks off on February 25 with a slew of games. The big game that day is defending champion Los Angeles FC versus LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl. LAFC defeated the Philadelphia Union on penalties to win its first MLS Cup title.

All opening weekend games and some during the season are available for free through the Apple TV app.

The league will have a more streamlined schedule from next season, with most matches played on Saturdays at 7:30pm local time and some on Wednesdays. MLS is expected to announce the full schedule in mid-December.

Commissioner Don Garber said during his recent State of the League address that MLS is approaching linear deals after the agreements with ESPN and Fox Sports expired after the MLS Cup. All games on linear channels are also available on MLS Season Pass.

With the debut of St. Louis CITY SC, the league will have 29 teams next season. All teams have an Apple TV decal on their shirts, below the MLS logo.

In addition to all regular season and post-season matches, the package includes all Leagues Cup matches – the competition between MLS and the Mexican Liga MX – as well as select MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches.

All matches are called in English and Spanish, while matches involving Canadian clubs are also available in French.

MLS and Apple will unveil announcers and broadcast improvements ahead of launch day. Locally, Brian Dunseth is rumored to be involved as one of the featured broadcasters, but he recently admitted on Twitter that he has yet to hear any news of future employment at Apple TV and MLS.

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