At long last we know for sure that next Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup final between the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City will be nationally televised. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it will be available to everyone. In a bit of a surprise, GolTV has won the right to broadcast the Open Cup final.
The move is surprising mainly because GolTV has no real history with MLS or U.S. Soccer and, somewhat as a result, is not a particularly well known. The cable channel is best known for its broadcasts of the German Bundesliga and various South American leagues. It caters mostly to a Spanish-speaking audience, but it also broadcasts in English.
Also contributing to their relatively low profile is that they aren't the most widely available channel, either. While it's on the same subscription tier as Fox Soccer on Directv, it's only available to subscribers to the Spanish-language package for many Comcast users and is not even available to Dish Network subscribers.
Fox Soccer has historically been the broadcaster for all Open Cup games, but apparently deemed U.S. Soccer's asking price too high for this one.