No longer is it rare to turn on your TV early Saturday or Sunday morning and see a Mexican National team player playing in a European league. Of course, not all of them are easy to find on your program guide or preferred streaming service. It might be easy to turn on NBC and see Chicharito playing against Chelsea but it might take some work to find Tecatito flying down the wings for Porto. I update a Google Calendar with dates and kickoff times but in this article, I’ll try to find where to watch those games. Whether its on TV or via a streaming service.
I will go league by league to see what (if any) TV deals they have in the US.
Jupiler League (Belgium)
Omar Govea at Royal Mouscron
Memo Ochoa at Standard Liege
I did not think there would be a TV deal for this league in the US but I was wrong, kinda. The Jupiler League has a deal with Eleven Sports Network to show a couple of games a week. The games are usually tape delayed and have inconsistent air times such as a 6am for a game that was played the day before. Also, what the hell is Eleven Sports Network? It’s basically a rebranded One Sports World with limited coverage in the US. Chances are your cable/dish provider does not carry the channel but fubo.TV streams the channel in their Premier Package.
Hirving Lozano at PSV
Uriel Antuna at FC Groningen
The league lost 2 Mexican players (Guardado and Moreno) but gained 2 youngsters. Unfortunately, Univision Deportes Network stopped carrying Eredivisie games this season. As of right now, no one has the American rights to the league. No streaming service legally carries the league either. I used NGSN a couple years ago but the streaming service has yet to relaunch.
Primeira Liga (Portugal)
Tecatito/HH/Reyes/Layun at Porto
Raul Jimenez at Benfica
Antonio Briseno at Feirense
Another league that will no longer be on Univision Deportes Network. The league will now be featured on GolTV’s channels as they won the English and Spanish language rights to the Portuguese First Division. fubo.TV streams the channel in their Sports Plus Package as well.
Major League Soccer (USA)
Gio/Jona Dos Santos at LA Galaxy
Cubo Torres at Houston Dynamo
The league has deals with ESPN, Fox Sports, and Univision with consistent time slots every week. Obviously, one of the easier leagues to follow in the US. The games on ESPN and Fox Sports are streamed on their respective apps as well. Also, the league has a great streaming service, MLS Live, that I highly recommend as it has every game from the last 4-5 years and does a great job streaming at a high quality. Minus ESPN, fubo.TV streams the other channels in their Premier Package.
Premier League (England)
Chicharito at West Ham
I would argue this was the easiest league to follow in the US last season but NBC made some changes to how they show the games. Instead of pushing the “non-premier” games to overflow channels that cable providers carried for free, NBC now has them on their own streaming service. It costs $50 this season to stream all the games. West Ham should be relegated to that streaming service as they are not one of the more popular clubs in the league but they’ll be on TV more now than before signing Chicharito.
La Liga (Spain)
Andres Guardado at Real Betis
Carlos Vela at Real Sociedad
Games will continue to be on beIN Sports and its sister channels/streaming services. Luckily, beIN is carried more broadly within the US than when it launched in 2012. The streaming quality has improved and more carriers are actually showing the channel in HD. fubo.TV streams all the beIN channels in their Premier Package.
Marco Fabian/ Carlos Salcedo at Eintracht Frankfurt
The Bundesliga is shown on FS1, FS2 and occasionally, on regular FOX. Expect Frankfurt to be on the secondary channel, FS2 or even their streaming service, FSGO. You have to subscribe to a cable package that includes FS2 to get access to those games on FSGO. fubo.TV streams both channels in their Premier Package.
Cypriot First Division (Cyprus)
Raul Gudino at APOEL
No legal way to see games in the US. Shady illegal streams are your best bet, good luck.
Scottish Premiership (Scotland)
Gullit Pena/Lalo Herrera at Rangers
No TV/streaming partner in the US. Your best bet to watch Ranger games is to subscribe to RangersTV. It streams games to subscribers outside of the UK.
Serie A (Italy)
Hector Moreno at AS Roma
See above. Same exact situation as La Liga.
Some of these players will be easy to follow and some will have you installing anti-virus software after streaming a game just to make sure your computer didn’t catch anything.