ESPN Announces World Cup TV Commentator Assignments For Round of 16 Games
ESPN have announced their commentator assignments for the Round of 16 games in the World Cup.
There are no surprises in the announcements. ESPN have stuck to their proven formula of the World Cup commentators who have shared the booth on several occasions during the Group Stages, so we see Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman commentating the USA-Belgium game, while Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno will announce the Mexico-Netherlands game.
With England getting knocked out of the tournament, ESPN have decided to put Steve McManaman in the co-commentator slot for Brazil against Chile on Saturday, which will be a good test for the English Premier League-focused announcer.
Here’s the complete schedule:
Saturday, June 28
Round of 16 — Brazil vs Chile, Noon ET, ABC and Watch ABC; Ian Darke & Steve McManaman
Round of 16 — Colombia vs Uruguay, 4pm ET, ABC and Watch ABC; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
Sunday, June 29
Round of 16 — Mexico vs Netherlands, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Fernando Palomo & Alejandro Moreno
Round of 16 — Costa Rica vs Greece, 4pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Daniel Mann & Kasey Keller
Monday, June 30
Round of 16 — France vs Nigeria, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Derek Rae & Efan Ekoku
Round of 16 — Germany vs Algeria, 4pm ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
Tuesday, July 1
Round of 16 — Argentina vs Switzerland, Noon ET, ESPN and WatchESPN; Adrian Healey & Alejandro Moreno
Round of 16 — USA vs Belgium, ESPN and WatchESPN; Ian Darke & Taylor Twellman
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