Archives: ESPN

The English Commentator Invasion Of American Soccer

Posted on by Earl Reed

Today, NBC confirmed reports that they have hired Arlo White as their primary play-by-play voice for their brand-new Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer coverage. As many of you know, White has been the voice of Seattle Sounders FC, and … Continue reading

Shake-Up: Twellman To Replace Harkes At ESPN

Posted on by Earl Reed

In a move that releases a collective, “Hoorah!” from most American soccer fans I know, Grant Wahl reports over at SI.com that ESPN will not bring back John Harkes for color commentary in 2012. Harkes has been a consistent lightning rod … Continue reading

A Television Guide To The MLS Cup Quarterfinals

Posted on by Earl Reed

 Tomorrow, the meat of the MLS Cup Playoffs begin, and we can look forward to seeing all of the matches televised. Some of us, that is. ESPN publicized their plans for the Quarterfinals today. ESPN2 will be airing both legs … Continue reading

How to Improve The MLS TV Playoff Experience

Posted on by Robert Hay

I want to begin by stating that I am a fan of the current MLS playoffs and in general I enjoy the way Major League Soccer organizes them.  Like all MLS fans, I have things I love and things I … Continue reading

Everton Unlucky, Donovan Solid in Debut

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Landon Donovan may not have put all the doubts to rest, but on a frigid day in North London, he clearly showed that he has the skills to play against a top team in a top league.   Everton should have … Continue reading

Top 5 Highlights of American Soccer in 2009

Posted on by Brian Zygo

As promised last week, here are my highlights from 2009 in American Soccer, in no particular order: U.S. National Team Beats Spain in Confederations Cup Semi-Finals: On June 24, 2009, in the Semi-Finals of the Confederations Cup, the U.S. National … Continue reading

Ruud Gullit Hiring Shows ESPN’s Commitment to Doing it Right in 2010

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

ESPN’s coverage plans for the World Cup continue to get more detailed and exciting. Ruud Gullit, who is one of the most significant figures in Football over the past twenty five years, has been hired to provide commentary for the … Continue reading

Should British Commentators Be Hired on American TV?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

On Monday, it was revealed by our sister site EPL Talk that the legendary Martin Tyler of Sky Sports will be joining ESPN for next summer’s World Cup as the lead announcer. While I have nothing personally against Tyler (In … Continue reading

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Want To Grow Soccer In The US: It Takes Honest Criticism Not A Pollyanna Approach

Posted on by Brian Zygo

Labor Day has come and gone, the sun is setting earlier, and, even here in Houston, the air contains a slight fall crispness. Yes, the Summer of Soccer is over, and what an interesting summer it has been. Back on … Continue reading

The 2010 MLS Season: Fair To The World Cup & Balanced

Posted on by Brian Zygo

A common complaint about Major League Soccer is its failure or unwillingness to observe FIFA International breaks. As recently as this month we have seen MLS matches played at the same time as crucial World Cup Qualifiers involving the United … Continue reading