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ESPN+ to carry all USL League One’s 2019 games

FC Dallas plays San Antonio FC during the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas. (Darren Abate/USL)

Every game of USL League One’s inaugural 2019 season will be digitally streamed on ESPN+ as part of an exclusive media rights agreement announced Wednesday.

USL League One is the United States Soccer Federation’s new sanctioned Division III league, which places it one level below the United Soccer League and two below Major League Soccer. The new league, which contains 10 teams, kicks off March 29 and concludes its postseason in October.

“This is a big moment for League One,” the league’s senior vice president, Steven Short, said. “Placing the league side-by-side with some of the best professional soccer in North America and the rest of the world on ESPN+ will create major visibility to League One’s inaugural season. . . . It will allow us to showcase the best of what this league has to offer for fans across the United States.”

Since its launch in 2018, ESPN+ has accrued more than two million subscribers and carries soccer matches from around the world. The service has also carried the United Soccer League’s matches for four years.

With League One’s 2019 season and postseason schedules coming online, the platform will add 700 more games.

The matches will be produced by USL Productions and VISTA WorldLink in South Florida.

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