The MLS is Back Tournament kicks off tonight as host side Orlando City SC take on MLS newbies Inter Miami CF. Follow along with all of the action wherever you are with our Orlando City vs Inter Miami live stream guide.
The MLS season was initially set to run from February through October, though the season was put on ice after just two weeks of play due to the ongoing pandemic. After a few months off, Major League Soccer returns tonight with a condensed tournament format and plenty to play for with group matches contributing to regular season standings and the overall winner of MLS is Back gaining a CONCACAF Champions League berth.
Orlando City take to the field in their home city tonight in what marks their third MLS game of the 2020 campaign. Though pre-lockdown form counts for relatively little after such a long break in competitive fixtures, the Lions picked up just one point from their opening two games in a 0-0 tie at home to Real Salt Lake in February. A defeat at Colorado Rapids followed in their second game.
The David Beckham-backed Inter Miami fare even worse as the club's inaugural season kicked off, suffering back-to-back defeats at LAFC and D.C. United. The Herons will hope to use the MLS is Back Tournament, including its opening Florida rivalry game, to start picking up some points.
Read on for full details on how to get a live stream of Orlando City vs Inter Miami no matter where you are in the world with our guide below.
Orlando City vs Inter Miami: Where and when?
The MLS is Back Tournament is taking place in its entirety at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. All of the games in Orlando will be played behind closed doors with no fans in attendance and with strict health and safety precautions in place.
Orlando City and Inter Miami kick off the tournament on Wednesday, July 8, at 8pm ET local time. That makes it a 5pm PT start. For those watching the game from the UK, the first game gets underway at 1am on Thursday, July 9, and it's a 10am AEST start on Thursday morning in Australia.
Orlando City vs Inter Miami online from outside your country
We have details of all the US, UK, Australian and Canadian broadcasters of this tournament further down in this guide. If you're intent on watching MLS games, but find yourself away from home then you'll run into problems when trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as it's likely to be geo-blocked.
That's where a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be a lifesaver. They allow you to virtually change the ISP of your laptop, tablet, or mobile to one that's back in your home country, letting you watch as if you were back there.
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How to watch Orlando City vs Inter Miami online in the U.S.
If you live in the U.S. and want to watch the opening game of the MLS is Back Tournament, you'll need to tune in to ESPN. There are a few ways to do exactly that online without breaking the bank.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu With Live TV is $54.99 per month and gives you access to 67 channels including Fox in most areas as well as ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and ABC. You won't be able to watch MLS games that are on TUDN but you will be able to watch two streams simultaneously and the service also includes a free 50-hour cloud DVR in case you want to record some games to watch later.
SlingTV starts at $20 per month and gives you three packages to choose from and while the service's Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans are cheaper at $20 for the first month and then $30 after, you'll need its Orange & Blue plan which starts at $35 and then increases to $45 per month to get access to all the channels you'll need to watch MLS is Back except for TUDN. SlingTV also includes 10 hours of Cloud DVR storage for free as well as its own on-demand library.
AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now has plans starting at $65 per month and is one of the more expensive streaming services and this is because all of its plans include HBO. With the service's Plus plan, you get access to over 45 channels including Fox, FS1, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and Univision depending on where you live. AT&T TV Now also allows you to stream on three devices at once and record up to 20 hours of content with its DVR service.
YouTube TV costs $49.99 per month and gives you access to over 70 channels including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and Fox depending on where you live. YouTube TV lets you stream on three devices simultaneously and it even includes a 9-month unlimited cloud DVR.
Live stream Orlando City vs Inter Miami live in Canada
Canadian MLS fans will want to tune into TSN for the MLS is Back opener. While you can watch the game on TV if you're already a cable subscriber, you can also sign up for the network's own streaming service, TSN Direct, for either C$19.99 per month or you can buy a Day Pass for C$4.99 if there is a particular game you want to watch.
How to stream Orlando City vs Inter Miami live in the UK
MLS is Back Tournament games are being split between Sky Sports and FreeSports in the UK. For games being show on Sky channels, including the tournament opener, you'll need to have a Sky Sports package to view on TV or you can grab a NOW TV Sports Pass to stream the games online.
Live stream Orlando City vs Inter Miami live in Australia
In Australia, beIN SPORTS is the main provider of the MLS. You can access its content online via beIN Sports Connect or other services such as Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, and Fetch TV. ESPN also has access to some MLS content in Australia including the tournamnet opening Orlando City vs Inter Miami game.
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