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.