While MLS gets set for its new television rights deal to kick in following the 2014 season, the two lower tiers of professional soccer are getting their ducks in a row for viewers as well.
Both NASL and USL Pro will have every game in the 2014 season streamed live online. The second-tier outfit just partnered with Perform, a digital sports content company, and will be charging a monthly fee of $4.99 for access to games both live and archived on demand in addition to supplemental programming.
USL Pro, which will feature a few handfuls of MLS players on loan at their respective clubs' affiliates, will have all games streamed live and archived on demand at no charge on YouTube, the third-tier league announced on Friday. Each team's channel, which will have team-specific content, can be found here.
There was no mention of whether the live streaming will extended to U.S. Open Cup games, whose rights belong to U.S. Soccer.
For a refresher, here are the current affiliations between MLS and USL Pro teams, which MLS clubs can use to loan players in need of more minutes on the field:
Columbus Crew - Dayton Dutch Lions
D.C. United - Richmond Kickers
Houston Dynamo - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
New England Revolution - Rochester Rhinos
Philadelphia Union - Harrisburg City Islanders
Sporting Kansas City - Orlando City SC/Oklahoma City Energy
Toronto FC - Wilmington Hammerheads