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No blackouts: Local Philadelphia Union fans will be able to watch tonight’s game on ESPN+

U.S. Open Cup deal with ESPN+ means the games won’t be blacked out in local markets

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Not having a local streaming option to watch Philadelphia Union games has to be up there in terms of frustrations fans feel about the team. Next to Bimbo on the jerseys and the team not playing in the city, of course.

Tonight’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fourth round game will give fans in the local market a chance to do something they simply can’t do without a technological work around: watch a Philadelphia Union game on a phone or mobile device.

That’s because the game — as all Open Cup games this year have been — will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+ and nowhere else.

Since ESPN+ is a paid service (well worth the price at $4.99 a month considering all of the other soccer and live sports you get with it) there won’t be a free, no strings attached option to watch the game as there has been in the past when live streams were available on the Union website.

But again, the price is well worth the amount of content that comes with it. Chances are you’ve already taken the plunge and watched Bethlehem Steel FC games and other soccer or sporting events on there.

Fire up your mobile device or app-friendly TV and enjoy the Union’s hopefully triumphant return to Open Cup play as they look to make another deep run in the oldest soccer competition in the United States.

How to Watch

Where: Audi Field, Washington D.C.
When: 7 p.m. ET, Wednesday, June 12, 2019
TV: None
Streaming: ESPN+*

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