ESPN hires Jon Champion to take over as lead play-by-play voice of MLS coverage

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ESPN has hired Jon Champion (second from left in photo) on a multi-year deal to become its play-by-play voice of MLS and paired him alongside analyst Taylor Twellman, beginning with the 2019 season.

Champion was a full-time ESPN commentator when ESPN UK covered the English Premier League, the Europa League and the FA Cup final (2009-2013). He'll relocate to the United States with his family.

“Jon is one of the most beloved voices in soccer,” said Amy Rosenfeld, ESPN's senior coordinating producer, "so we are thrilled that fans in the U.S. who have enjoyed his commentary during major global tournaments on ESPN will now have the opportunity to hear him weekly on Major League Soccer."

Champion worked for ESPN in the United States as a play-by-play commentator for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and has since done work for ESPN during Euro 2016  and on World Cup qualifying matches in Europe and International Champions Cup summer matches.

Other soccer commentators at ESPN include Adrian Healey, who has worked with Twellman on MLS broadcasts in recent years, Max Bretos, another MLS commentator, Ian Darke and Mark Donaldson.

7 comments about "ESPN hires Jon Champion to take over as lead play-by-play voice of MLS coverage".
  1. Phil Hardy, December 10, 2018 at 8:11 p.m.

    Omg! This is fantastic news! Missed Champion after living in England!

  2. Craig Cummings, December 10, 2018 at 8:50 p.m.

    I really like him along with Darek Rae. Adrian not so much. Max is very funny if you like that type of humor. I also like the american on beinsports schoon,  with alan hudson. I am getting tired of Ian Darke. Cobi Jones is always good on La Galaxy games.

  3. beautiful game, December 10, 2018 at 9:16 p.m.

    Twellman has become too winded and needs to be trained in the art of commentary.

  4. Alan Gay replied, December 10, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.

    Agreed.  TT get's stuck on a point and quits watching or analyzing the game before him. Andrian then gets caught up in it and quits even calling the game.  AU vs NYRB game 1 case in point.  He had decided before the game Escobar was ill-suited for how Tata had him deployed and completely missed that the dude had an epic, best of career game. 

  5. Sharon Anderon, December 10, 2018 at 9:42 p.m.

    Max Bretos is solid. Been around for a darn long time. 
    Hope we keep our US guys employed!!
    will be interesting to watch and listen to  Champion. 

  6. frank schoon, December 11, 2018 at 10:19 a.m.

    WOW, I'm so looking forward to another Snoozerama of Commentating next season.

  7. Richard Crow, December 11, 2018 at 1:31 p.m.

    Will this announcer actually talk about what's happening in the game, instead or promptting Taylory Twellman to talk about recent trades, last years playoffs or any other banalities that completely distract viewwers from thew game?

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