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Healey takes over as voice of MLS
by Paul Kennedy, March 9th, 2011 4:28PM

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[TELEVISION WATCH] Adrian Healey has replaced JP Dellacamera as ESPN's primary voice for Major League Soccer telecasts beginning this season.  The Englishman will work with former U.S. national team midfielder John Harkes as the analyst.

Healey formerly worked as a DJ on a alternative rock station in Boston before breaking into soccer broadcasting. He did New England Revolution games on regional networks before moving to ESPN.

He was a commentator at the last two World Cups for ESPN and worked on its Euro 2008 coverage.

Dellacamera and Harkes worked together for the last three seasons. Dellacamera is reported to be headed to Fox Soccer Channel to handle its Friday night MLS telecasts.

Also working on ESPN's 2011 MLS coverage will be Alexi Lalas (studio analyst), Max Bretos (studio host and play-by-play commentator), Rob Stone (match host and reporter) and Taylor Twellman (match and studio analyst).



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  1. Dave Kantor
    commented on: March 10, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
    I have mixed feelings about this, as I think that both JP and Adrian are excellent announcers. So I'm happy for Adrian that his good work has been recognized. But I'm disappointed for JP, as I think he did a great job for ESPN and they are foolish to let him go. I hope that JP lands a steady gig with FSC, as he deserves a lead announcer role.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: March 10, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
    It most certainly boggles the mind to yet see another Brit become ESPN's "expert-of-sorts" replacing someone who many feel is the country's best-known and soccer knowledgeable soccer commentator! It is a sad day, indeed, and it seems as if the so-called "gurus" at ESPN can't "see the trees for the forest" and would claim that there aren't many US Soccer knowedgeable persons, and yet seem to be enamoured with the Brit accent thinking that speaking with such an accent will automatically declare them experts of the sport. As for JP,and yes Lalas, Stone and Twellman, maybne if you guys practiced speaking with an English/Scot/Irish/Welsh or even Aussie/NZ "twangy-accent" there will be more doors opened to you, better yet, come to Hollywood and contract with a "diction coach" to learn to speak like a good ole "mate," and "bloke"- lord knows there are quite a few, and charge the cost to ESPN! Lastly, JP will flourish at FSC!

  1. charles davenport
    commented on: March 10, 2011 at 1:39 p.m.
    We could see this coming when JP was not given the lead at the last World Cup. ESPN has an agenda, which is to promote its EPL telecasts. Therefore being an Italian-American and having more passion than any ten British Announcers counts for little. JP, we love you in NY. You're better off without ESPN. Good Luck!


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