2017 Canadian MLS teams U.S. TV schedule
|March 31||Sporting Kansas City @ Toronto FC||7:30p||FS1|
|May 6||Toronto FC @ Seattle||4p||ESPN|
|July 23||Portland @ Vancouver||6p||FS1|
|July 30||NYC FC @ Toronto FC||2p||ESPN|
|August 27||Toronto FC @ Montréal||4:30p||ESPN|
|All times Eastern.|
You might remember that the 2016 MLS season was rather successful for Canadian-based teams in the East. But you wouldn't know that from the U.S. TV schedule for the 2017 MLS season.
Toronto FC narrowly lost the 2016 MLS Cup. The Reds had 5 appearances, one of those being a late-season addition with the game against Montréal. As a reward for making the MLS Cup and coming thisclose to winning it all, Toronto FC has 4 appearances, one against Montréal. Sad.
Montréal Impact made the final 4 and might have been the most exciting team in the MLS playoffs. The Impact had 3 scheduled appearances. The team lost a telecast but gained one back against Toronto FC. As a reward for making the final 4, the Impact have 1 telecast in 2017 and that is against Toronto FC. Mindblowing.
Vancouver Whitecaps finished 8th in the Western Conference, 7 points out of a playoff spot. Like the Impact, the Whitecaps went from 3 telecasts to 1.
Univison and UniMas still has a national contract in Espanol but no Canadian teams are on their schedules.
I get that the teams are Canadian and that even if Toronto FC had beaten Seattle, the Sounders are more popular. Hopefully, the MLS will add late-season games featuring Canadian teams, especially if they are doing well.
Americans who have access to CTV, and we know there aren't that many of you, will be able to see some early season MLS telecasts.
2017 Canadian MLS teams on CTV
|March 18||Toronto FC @ Vancouver||4p|
|April 1||Montréal @ Chicago||3p|
|April 15||Atlanta @ Montréal||1p|
|April 22||Vancouver @ Portland||4p|
|April 29||Vancouver @ Montréal||3p|
|May 6||Toronto FC @ Seattle||4p|
|May 13||Minnesota @ Toronto FC||3p|
|All times Eastern.|
CTV has more games with Canadian teams than ESPN and Fox Sports 1 and the CTV schedule stops on May 13. The CTV games have 3 appearances for each Canadian team. The only duplicate with the U.S. schedule is the 2016 MLS Cup rematch in Seattle.
TSN will carry the rest of the Toronto FC and Vancouver games and 9 Montréal Impact games. TVA Sports takes over the French-language rights and will have all the Impact games en Francaise.
Toronto FC starts on the road for the first 3 games. The home opener is March 31 against Sporting Kansas City at BMO Field on Fox Sports 1. Montréal opens on the road and then plays its only game at Olympic Stadium on March 11. The outdoor home opener at Stade Saputo is April 15. Vancouver opens its home season at B.C. Place on March 5.
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