TIm Howard Wins U.S. Soccer Male Athlete Of The Year For 2014

Tim Howard’s good year got better Thursday when he received the highest praise from the U.S. Soccer Federation. Howard was named U.S. Soccer’s 2014 Male Athlete of the Year in recognition of his fine performances with the United States men’s national soccer team this year. Howard won the award by vote, as players, coaches and select media chose him over runners-up Jermaine...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard wins U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has claimed the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award. Howard, 35, capped perhaps the finest season of his national team career by outlasting five other nominees to secure the title for the second time on Thursday afternoon. He previously won the same honor back in 2008. The veteran number one joins Marcelo Balboa (1992, 1994), Clint Dempsey...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Howard voted US player of year for 2nd time

CHICAGO (AP) Goalkeeper Tim Howard has been voted the U.S. Soccer Federation's Male Athlete of the Year for the second time. Howard, who had 15 saves in the Americans' 2-1 overtime loss to Brazil in the second round of the World Cup, also won the award in 2008. He is the fifth multiple winner, joining Landon Donovan ('03-'04, `09-'10), Kasey Keller ('97,...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Comprehensive Guide To English Soccer TV Commentators and Co-Commentators

One of the often-overlooked reasons why the Premier League is the world’s most popular sports league is the expertise of the commentators. Whether it’s the commentators or co-commentators (aka color commentators), the men bring the Premier League to life in our living rooms and in pubs on a weekly basis. But who are these men, and what are their backgrounds? Find out below in...
Via World Soccer Talk
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Sounders: Tottenham Hotspur sign Deandre Yedlin

After weeks of contemplating, Deandre Yedlin has finally decided to take his talents to the English Premier League. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Taylor Twellman announced on his official twitter page that the 21-year-old right back has joined Tottenham Hotspur $4 million. Twellman also confirmed that Yedlin will see out the 2014 MLS season with the Seattle Sounders. DeAndre Yedlin transfer...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

DeAndre Yedlin On Verge of Joining Tottenham Hotspur In $3.3 Million Deal, Says Report

Seattle Sounders and US World Cup star DeAndre Yedlin is on the verge of signing with Tottenham Hotspur in a deal that’s reportedly worth $3.3 million, according to Goal.com. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid confirmed today that Yedlin is currently in Europe, where he was reported to be preparing for a medical. One observant Tottenham Hotspur supporter spotted Yedlin in London tonight...
Via World Soccer Talk
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN’s MLS All-Star coverage tonight will be extensive

The MLS All-Star Game is always somewhat interesting to me, at least in theory, as a soccer fan. 2014′s will be especially intriguing, because it comes after a few weeks of European teams kicking the tar out of MLS competition in friendlies. MLS’ All-Stars will now try and prove their mettle one more time against German heroes Bayern Munich tonight. ESPN’s all over the thing...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN’s 2014 World Cup Best XI

To tell you the truth, selecting ESPN’s Best XI commentators was a very, very tough list to compile.  We just as easily could have selected an entirely different starting eleven to comprise our lineup – that’s how much ESPN’s World Cup roster is ridiculously stacked with on-air talent.  Daniel Mann, Derek Rae, Kasey Keller, Mike Tirico, and Santiago Solari in particular...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

World Cup Announcing Assignments for July 5, 2014

I did not provide you the announcing assignments for Friday’s games as I had to go the Emergency Room to deal with a breakout of hives. After getting a shot of Benadryl, I’m now much better, but it was a difficult night for me going into July 4th. Anyway, I’m fine now and here are the announcing assignments for the last two Quarterfinals. After Saturday’s games, it will just...
Via Fang's Bites
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Announces Commentators For World Cup Quarterfinals

ESPN have announced the commentators for the World Cup quarterfinals. ESPN have decided not to feature Efan Ekoku, Fernando Palomo, Daniel Mann, Taylor Twellman and Roberto Martinez in the commentary booth for the quarterfinals. Instead, ESPN have teamed up Jon Champion/Stewart Robson, Ian Darke/Steve McManaman, Derek Rae/Kasey Keller and Adrian Healey/Alejandro Moreno. With so few...
Via World Soccer Talk
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Your World Cup Quarterfinal Announcing Assignments

ESPN has an impressive armada of commentators to choose from when it comes to their selections for knockout round announcing assignments.  Coming into the tournament, we knew Ian Darke was going to announce the World Cup Final and USA/England games… and that was pretty much it.  Throughout the World Cup, the depth of great announcers that ESPN has assembled has been one of the...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Announcing Assignments for World Cup Quarterfinals

We have the World Cup quarterfinal announcing assignments on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. On Friday, ESPN2 will air France vs. Germany followed by Brazil vs. Colombia on ESPN. Then on Saturday, ABC airs Argentina vs. Belgium followed by the Netherlands vs. Costa Rica on ESPN. The excellent teams of Jon Champion/Stewart Robson and Ian Darke/Steve McManaman will work Friday’s games. Here’s...
Via Fang's Bites
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 29, 2014

Two more games in the Round of 16 on Sunday. Netherlands vs. Mexico which should provide a huge audience for Univision/Univision Deportes. After a day off to cover Wimbledon, ESPN is back on the World Cup and will carry the rest of the Round of 16 through Tuesday. ESPN will assign its usual English-language team to Mexico, Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno. Univision will have...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN/ABC World Cup Announcing Assignments for World Cup Round of 16

The Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins on Saturday. The all-South American matchups of Brazil vs. Chile and Colombia vs. Uruguay kickoff the Knockout Round of the World Cup on ABC. Then ESPN takes over the matches for the rest of the Round of 16 through Tuesday including USA vs. Belgium in Salvador. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman will call Brazil vs. Chile on ABC. Then...
Via Fang's Bites
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tweet Your Questions to USA Legend and ESPN Analyst Kasey Keller On Thursday Morning

Former United States goalkeeper and ESPN analyst Kasey Keller will be taking part in a Twitter chat Thursday, 6/26 at 11 am EST ahead of the United States vs Germany match. Fans can submit questions to Castrol GTX’s twitter page (@CastrolUSA), and use the hashtag #AskKasey to get in on the conversation. This is a great opportunity to ask a US soccer legend about the USMNT and...
Via World Soccer Talk
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 23, 2014

We’ve reached the last stages of Group Play. The final games in each group will be played simultaneously so obviously having two networks is quite advantageous as is the case with ESPN and Univision. Games will be played at noon and 4 p.m. ET. Both ESPN and Univision will take the opportunity to have half-hour pregames before all of the matches. ESPN and ESPN2 will be utilized...
Via Fang's Bites
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

3 Reasons American Soccer Fans Should Watch the World Cup On Univision

As an American who was raised speaking English, some may question me when I say that Univision is far superior viewing for the World Cup. My primary rationale lies in the announcers for each game. While Ian Darke calling US and England games has become a staple, I cannot continue to bore myself with the remaining English speaking announcers ESPN has insisted upon for the other games...
Via World Soccer Talk
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 20, 2014

Ok, the tripleheaders are dwindling down as the second round of Group Play is ready to end this weekend. Then it will be simultaneous doubleheaders starting on Monday. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we have three more tripleheaders through Sunday. ESPN/ESPN Radio and Univision/Univision Deportes will be busy today with games in Curitaba, Recife and Salvador. England will be...
Via Fang's Bites
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Announces World Cup TV Commentator Assignments For June 20-26

ESPN has announced its World Cup TV commentator assignments for the second week of coverage from Brazil, from June 20 to June 26. There are few surprises in the assignments for the final games of the Group Stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will commentate the US-Portugal and US-Germany games, while Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno will announce the...
Via World Soccer Talk
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN TV and Radio World Cup Announcing Assignments Through June 26

We have the announcing assignments for the ESPN Family of Networks from Friday, June 20 through Thursday, June 26. This will mark the end of Group Play as on Monday, there will be simultaneous games from each group both at noon ET and 4 p.m. So there will be four games between Monday, June 23 and Thursday, June 26, but with two played at the same time. On Monday, Group B games will...
Via Fang's Bites
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Your World Cup Announcing Schedule for 6/20 – 6/26

Here are your World Cup announcing assignments through the end of the group stage.  Note that beginning next Monday with the final round of group stage matches, games will be played simultaneously.  That means one game from a particular group will be played on ESPN and another on ESPN2 at the same time.  We also get four games every day from Monday-Thursday. An interesting note...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

World Cup Announcing Assignments for Sunday, June 15, 2014

Here are the assignments for ABC, ESPN, ESPN Radio and Univision/Univision Deportes for the World Cup games for Sunday. Unlike Saturday when we had a chock full of games, there are three on Sunday. ABC has a doubleheader at 11:30 a.m. ET and 2:30 p.m. ET. ESPN has the nightcap. Univision/Univision Deportes will air all of the games live on their networks. As always, all times listed...
Via Fang's Bites
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool icon Steve Mcmanaman picks Spain to win World Cup

Steve McManaman was one of the famous “Spice Boys” during his days at Merseyside. The former attacking midfielder was a huge star during the 1990s with Liverpool, and today he’s an analyst for ESPN. All 16 of the ESPN FC experts released their World Cup predictions with, Steve McManaman predicting the reigning champions, Spain to defend their title. ESPN Analyst (Home...
Via The Sports Bank
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva picks to Brazil win World Cup

2002 FIFA World Cup champion and Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva will serve as a studio analyst during ESPN’s month-long presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, June 12 – July 13. Silva  will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter, ESPN FC, and FIFA World Cup-themed news and information programs throughout the quadrennial tournament. Today...
Via The Sports Bank
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy picks Argentina in World Cup

Legendary Dutch footballer Ruud van Nistelrooy will serve as a studio analyst during ESPN’s month-long presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Van Nistelrooy will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter and ESPN FC during the World Cup. Ruud van Nistelrooy put on his analyst hat make his World Cup champion prediction, you can see all 16 ESPN...
Via The Sports Bank
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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