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Facebook to stream Major League Soccer games

by Todd Haselton | March 10, 2017March 10, 2017 1:00 pm PDT

Univision Communications announced on Friday that Facebook will soon stream Major League Soccer (MLS) and Univision Deportes games live to users.

“At least 22 matches during the 2017 MLS regular season that are being broadcast on Univision networks in Spanish will now be available in the U.S. for live streaming in English via the Univision Deportes Facebook page,” Univision Communications said Friday. “The live streamed matches, which will be produced for consumption on mobile devices, will feature Facebook-specific commentators, interactive graphics, and fan Q&A and polling features allowing viewers to engage directly with commentators throughout matches.”

This is the latest move by social networks to get in on streaming major events live. Twitter, for example, streamed Thursday Night Football games during the 2016 NFL season. Twitter also has its eyes set on basketball. Facebook, meanwhile, has also reportedly been interested in streaming baseball games, too.

If you’re interested in catching a game of football (the soccer kind) on Facebook, tune in to Facebook on March 18 at 4 p.m. when the social network will stream the Chicago Fire at Atlanta United.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...