Report: Fox Sports will use American crew at World Cup

Fox Sports will likely use an all-American crew of John Strong (play-by-play man) and Landon Donovan and Stuart Holden as its lead crew for its coverage of the 64-game tournament in Russia, its first World Cup.

The Associated Press report came the same day as Fox Sports announced its broadcast teams for the Confederations Cup.

“Soccer in our country is at a point now where I think we’re ready to do that, and we have announcers and talent that are capable of bringing educated options,” Holden told AP. “I think it’s time. I think it’s time that we embrace the American voices.”

ESPN controversially put a heavy emphasis on British voices for the last two World Cups. Englishmen Ian Darke and Steve McManaman were in the ABC booth for the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil. Englishmen Martin Tyler and Efan Ekoku called in the 2010 World Cup final for ABC.

“They’re American voices, diverse American voices,” said David Neal, executive producer of Fox’s World Cup coverage, of Strong, Holden and Donovan. “Soccer is truly becoming a mainstream sport. I think it’s in the top four already. I think it’s supplanted the NHL.”

Strong and Holden will be Fox Sports' lead crew for its coverage of the Confederations Cup. Donovan will skip the tournament as his wife is about to give birth to a baby.

Fox at Confederations Cup:
Play-by-Play / Analyst
John Strong & Stuart Holden
JP Dellacamera & Brad Friedel
Jorge Perez-Navarro & Cobi Jones
 
Studio Analysts
Eric Wynalda
Alexi Lalas
Cobi Jones
Aly Wagner
Lothar Matthaeus
Guus Hiddink
Mariano Trujillo
Arne Friedrich
 
Studio Hosts
Rob Stone
Kate Abdo
Fernando Fiore
 
Reporters
Sergey Gordeev
Maria Komandnaya
Francisco X. Rivera
 
Rules Analyst
Dr. Joe Machnik

1 comment about "Report: Fox Sports will use American crew at World Cup".
  1. Craig Cummings, July 2, 2017 at 11:54 p.m.

    DR Joe YES some others n0 like Kate Abdo GET RID of her.

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