[TELEVISION WATCH] British commentator Ian Darke, the No. 2 play-by-play man on ESPN's World Cup coverage, is joining ESPN as its "lead soccer voice," meaning he'll be the primary play-by-play man for not only English Premier League matches on ESPN2 but U.S. national team games and marquee MLS matches.
He joins ESPN after commentating on Premier League and UEFA Champions League matches on Sky Sports for the past 18 years.
“Having Ian Darke as our year-round signature voice for soccer programming reaffirms ESPN’s commitment to elevate our overall coverage of the sport in the U.S.,” said Jed Drake, senior vice president and executive producer, ESPN Event Production. “Ian’s experience, authenticity and passion for the sport, which were evident throughout the World Cup, will resonate with our viewers, who have come to expect top-quality soccer commentary from ESPN.”