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TAMPA, Fla. – With much fanfare, the USL on ESPN+ made a successful debut this weekend and provided the league’s regular season weekend matches with a new level of prominence, while delivering a heightened quality of production for soccer fans across the United States.
The action kicked off with Saturday afternoon’s heated clash between Indy Eleven and Nashville SC at Lucas Oil Stadium – a game that included a standout finish by Indy’s Soony Saad that featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 later that day. Culminating in Sunday afternoon’s meeting between Bethlehem Steel FC and FC Cincinnati, the weekend’s broadcasts went smoothly, allowing fans to enjoy all the action on the new platform.
“Fan and industry feedback was overwhelmingly positive over the weekend, and we were delighted overall as ESPN+ became the new streaming home for the USL,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “The greater resolution afforded by the new ESPN platform raised the experience for fans watching at home, while providing greater reach and prominence to the weekend’s games, placing the USL alongside those from Major League Soccer and other sports around the country and the world, was extremely pleasing to see from a league perspective as we continue to grow our league’s brand with sports fans around the country.”
This, friends, is the new @MLS and @USL viewing experience in the ESPN app.— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) April 14, 2018
This is what so many of us have been waiting so long for.
Two things I'm loving about @espn plus. 1) I used to pay $80 a mo for cable that didn't include ESPN deportes. Now I pay $50 a yr and get it. 2) Having MLS and USL alongside NBA and NCAA games will open soccer up to so many more people than before. #GrowTheGame— Rapids Rabbi (@rapidsrabbi) April 15, 2018
I’m USL-ing really hard rn... pic.twitter.com/bGVZrwwcWp— Mike Pendleton (@phat7deuce) April 15, 2018
The successful opening weekend of games on ESPN+ was supplemented by Monday’s news that Roku devices had been added to the list of options to access the new platform. Fans can also still sign up for a free 30-day trial of ESPN+ through Wednesday, April 18, offering the chance to try the new service that includes live sporting action from around the world and original ESPN programming exclusive to the new platform.