Where to watch 2023 MLS Cup final: Live stream, TV channel, lineups, odds for Columbus Crew vs LAFC

It all comes down to one more match. The 2023 season has featured twists and turns, ups and downs, thrills and spills.

Now, just two teams remain as the Columbus Crew, representing the Eastern Conference, take on Western Conference challengers LAFC in the 2023 MLS Cup final.

LAFC are the defending champions, but are not the favorite for this year’s title match, forced to play on the road as they visit Columbus who finished the regular season with a superior points tally. Both sides halted red-hot opponents in the conference finals, as Columbus shocked Supporters’ Shield winners FC Cincinnati and LAFC took down a surging Houston Dynamo side.

Diego Rossi, who was part of LAFC’s rise to MLS prominence during their first few years in the league, will be on the opposite side of this matchup as he now plays for Columbus. The Sporting News brings you everything you need to know to be ready for this year’s title decider in the U.S. top flight.

MORE: Watch the MLS Cup final on FOX with Fubo in USA | Watch on Apple TV with MLS Season Pass

2023 MLS Cup final live stream, TV channel

The 2023 MLS Cup final will be shown in the United States on the FOX main network channel, while a Spanish-language broadcast is available on Fox Deportes. Both channels are available to stream on Fubo

In Canada, the match will be shown on both TSN3 and TSN4, which can be streamed on Fubo Canada. A broadcast in French is also available on RDS 2.

What time does the 2023 MLS Cup final kick off?

The 2023 MLS Cup final between Columbus Crew and LAFC at Lower.com Field kicks off on Saturday, December 9 at 4 p.m. local time in Columbus, OH.

Here’s how that time translates to all the time zones in North America:

  Kickoff time
Eastern Time 4 p.m.
Central Time 3 p.m.
Mountain Time 2 p.m.
Pacific Time 1 p.m.

Columbus Crew vs LAFC projected lineups & team news

The only injury concern for Columbus head coach Wilfried Nancy is the ACL tear suffered by Will Sands back in April. Otherwise, the Crew squad is entirely fit for duty.

It’s possible that Julian Gressel comes into the starting lineup to replace Mohamed Farsi, but otherwise it should look as it did in the dramatic Eastern Conference Final win over FC Cincinnati.

Diego Rossi will take on his former club LAFC, who he left two years ago for a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce. He has five goals and six assists since returning to MLS this summer.

Columbus Crew projected starting lineup (3-4-3): Schulte (GK) — Moreira, Camacho, Amundsen — Gressel, Nagbe, Morris, Yeboah — Matan, C. Hernandez, Rossi.

LAFC, amazingly, are at essentially full health for the MLS Cup final, which is quite a luxury to have on the road.

Maxime Crepeau has reestablished himself as the first-choice goalkeeper since returning from his serious leg fracture, supplanting John McCarthy back in mid-September. Crepeau has kept three clean sheets in the playoffs, on a stretch of seven straight halves of play without conceding a goal.

Despite starting for much of the season in midfield, Mateusz Bogusz has been dropped to the bench for the playoffs, with Timothy Tillman and Kellyn Acosta preferred.

LAFC projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Crepeau (GK) — Hollingshead, Murillo, Chiellini, Palacios — Tillman, I. Sanchez, Acosta — Olivera, Vela, Bouanga.

2023 MLS Cup final betting odds & lines

The hosts for the 2023 MLS Cup final, the Columbus Crew, are the favorites for the all-important game, but the matchup is tight enough that even they sport plus odds at +115, while LAFC are +220 to win in 90 minutes.

Goals are expected, with both teams thought very likely to find the back of the net. Since 2014, both teams have scored in six of 10 MLS Cup finals, while the over 2.5 goals threshold has been breached in half of them.

  Columbus
win (90 mins)
Draw LAFC win
(90 mins)
Both teams
to score Y / N
Over / Under
2.5 goals
COL win
the Cup
LAFC win
the Cup
DraftKings
(USA)
+115 +230 +220 -155 / +125 -125 / -110 -155 +125

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