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.”
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
, 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
Dellacamera & Brad Friedel
Jorge Perez-Navarro & Cobi Jones
Francisco X. Rivera
Dr. Joe Machnik