How To Watch The Champions Cup In Canada
Both Forge FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps will kick off their Concacaf Champions Cup conquests tonight, though fans may be pondering where to tune in given the broadcast confusion following Mediapro’s split with Canadian Soccer Business.
For tonight’s matches – and the subsequent ones involving Canadian teams in the Champions Cup – fans can still tune in through OneSoccer, as its streaming rights to the continental club competition are separate to its dispute with CSB.
Here’s a quick look at how to tune in to the action:
Two Ways To Stream The Concacaf Champions Cup
For viewers in Canada – our neighbours in the US can check out Tubi (English) and ViX (Spanish).
While most Canadian Premier League fans will already be subscribed to OneSoccer, others may need to subscribe to the platform for a $12.99 monthly fee. That’ll certainly cover both legs of these matches, along with Cavalry’s home and away legs against Orlando City later on this month.
A word to the wary: while the subscription screen lists Canadian Premier League, Canadian Championship, and Canada Women’s and Men’s National Team home matches, as it stands those rights were reclaimed by the CSB.
Fans who don’t have a OneSoccer subscription but do subscribe to fuboTV are also in luck: the streaming service carries a dedicated OneSoccer channel within it, and that main channel will play both Forge and Vancouver Whitecaps’ matches live tomorrow. Simply navigate through the fuboTV application to the OneSoccer channel and kick up your feet.
We couldn’t confirm that the matches will be on Telus Optik TV, where a simulcast was previously placed on channel 980 – but it’s worth a shout for anyone who can’t use the above options.
Forge will kick off against Chivas at 8:00PM EST, while the Vancouver Whitecaps will host Tigres UANL at Starlight Stadium two hours later at 10:00PM EST.
Who’s On Call?
OneSoccer announced yesterday that it would have studio coverage for the big night beginning a half-hour before kickoff. Fans who tune in at 7:30PM EST will see Gareth Wheeler and Jordan Wilson helping with studio analysis, while Oliver Platt and Adam Jenkins will commentate both the Forge vs Chivas and Vancouver Whitecaps vs Tigres UANL games back-to-back.
With over 10,000 fans expected at Tim Hortons Field, it’s nice to have a great crew covering the event for fans tuning in from home, too.
Quick Look: Forge FC vs Chivas Guadalajara
There are a few storylines unfolding ahead of the match: while Chivas travelled without several key starters and are expected to rotate heavily, host side Forge FC has some roster drama of its own: starting goalkeeper Triston Henry will miss the tie due to a personal matter, with 22-year-old Christopher Kalongo and last-gasp signing Jassem Koleilat stepping in for Bobby’s goalkeeper options.
Recent Forge additions Elimane Cisse and Nana Opoku Ampomah will both miss leg one due to work permit delays, with 17-year-old Sigma midfielder Zayne Bruno signing a developmental deal this morning.
The match will be overseen by 2023 MLS Referee of the Year Victor Rivas, who will be backed by an All-American officiating team on the touchlines, while the VAR booth will be manned by Allen Chapman and Tristley Bassue.
Forge has historically punched upwards in continental competition, while Chivas won the entire thing against Canadian side TFC back in 2018. It’s clear the visitors are heavy favourites, but let’s not forget Forge kept even Cruz Azul to a slim one-nil win at Tim Hortons Field two years ago.
Quick Look: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Tigres UANL
The Vancouver Whitecaps – or the ‘Vancouver Island Whitecaps‘ as they’ve jested (though they will absolutely be selling merch of such at Starlight Stadium) – will make their fourth appearance in the tournament after a three-week preseason spell in Spain. It won’t be their first foray against Tigres, who have been the eventual victors in all previous ties.
Visiting Liga MX giants Tigres are in hot form in the Clausura, coming off the back of three wins and two draws in 2024, and only two losses in their last twenty games. Suffice to say, they’ll be the favourites as they seek a first leg stunner at Starlight.
If you’ve made it this far, you probably know how to tune in to the matches by now – we hope you enjoy the games tonight!
Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques