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2019 MLS Cup to air on ABC, Univision

The 2019 MLS Cup is on Nov. 10 and will be broadcast by ABC for the first time since 2008.

Dec 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron (10) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Portland Timbers in the 2018 MLS Cup championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2019 MLS Cup will air live on ABC and Univision networks in the U.S., MLS announced on Wednesday.

It will be the first time since 2008 the league’s championship game will be shown on ABC. In Canada, the game will be broadcast on TSN and TVA Sports Network.

The combination of the four broadcast networks represents the broadest reach and distribution of the match ever.

The MLS Cup will be at 3 p.m. on Nov. 10. 

The playoff format for MLS has changed this season. The playoffs will feature single-game elimination matches during a three-week span, beginning on Oct. 19. 

In previous years, MLS has had a two-leg, home-and-home series during the conference semifinals and finals. 

Every playoff game will be broadcast across MLS’s domestic U.S. partners ESPN, FS1 and Univision and in Canada on TSN and TVA Sports Network.

At the close of the regular season on Oct. 6, 14 teams — seven from the Eastern Conference and seven from the Western Conference — make the playoffs.

Higher seeds will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and the top seeds in each conference will receive a bye in the first round, which will be played Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. 

The conference semifinals will be played on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 and the conference finals will be played on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. 

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