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 will 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/streaming deals they have in the US.
Hirving Lozano & Erick Gutierrez at PSV
Edson Alvarez at Ajax
ESPN signed a deal last summer to show Eredivisie games on ESPN+. Over 100 regular season games (3 per week) will be streamed on ESPN+ through out the season. Expect PSV and Ajax to be included every week as they are the biggest clubs in the league. The quality of the broadcasts are great and you can watch the games on demand as well.
Primeira Liga (Portugal)
Tecatito Corona at Porto
Porto went from having 6 Mexicans on their books to just 1. Still, Tecatito is a starter and with Tata not being too happy with him, you might only see him playing for Porto in 2019. The Portuguese league use to be on Univision Deportes Network but 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 GolTV in their Sports Plus Package as well.
Premier League (England)
Chicharito at West Ham
Raul Jimenez at Wolves
I would argue this was the easiest league to follow in the US 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 $64.99 this season to stream all the games. Both West Ham and Wolves should be relegated to that streaming service as they are not one of the more popular clubs in the league but NBC has done a good job of featuring clubs beyond the big 6. The FA Cup and EFL Cup will be streamed on ESPN+.
La Liga (Spain)
Andres Guardado & Diego Lainez at Real Betis
Nestor Araujo at Celta Vigo
Hector Herrera at Atletico Madrid
Games will continue to be on beIN Sports and its sister channels/streaming services. Unfortunately, beIN is fighting with cable companies and is not available for most of the US. This problem has not gone unnoticed and league officials are not happy with their US TV deal. beIN will be paying La Liga an estimated $120m for this upcoming season but it is the last year in their contract. Look for La Liga to shop their rights around and Fox to make a big offer as they are set to lose Bundesliga rights after this season. fubo.TV streams all the beIN channels in their Premier Package.
Diego Reyes at Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Omar Govea at Zulte Waregem (Belgium)
Good luck trying to find stream of a Hector Moreno game this season much less a channel that will air the Qatari league. The Turkish league has a couple games a week on beIN Sport and hopefully, Fenerbahce games get picked. The Belgium league has a deal with Bleacher Report Live. Its a relatively new streaming service that allows you to pay per game, month or year. You can watch games on demand after they are over.
Catching your favorite Mexican player in Europe requires a little more work than turning your TV to Univision but streaming services are bridging the gap every year. Who will you be following this season?