FOX Sports has announced their lineup of commentators for the Round of 16 games in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. John Strong and JP Dellacamera will continue to call games from Russia alongside co-commentators Stuart Holden and Tony Meola, while Derek Rae and Aly Wagner have been flown to Russia to announce their first games from the stadiums at Russia 2018.
That means there’s no room for the commentator pairings of Jorge Perez-Navarro and Mariano Trujillo as well as Glenn Davis and Cobi Jones. Perez-Navarro/Trujillo, especially, have generated the most negative reaction about commentators among soccer fans in the United States. Davis and Jones were fine, but it appears that FOX Sports wants to pair down the numbers of commentators as we progress into the latter stages of the tournament.
There’s no doubt that Strong/Holden will continue to get all of the big matches including the World Cup final. What will be interesting to watch is whether Followill/Barton or Rae/Wagner will get a quarter-final to commentate or not.
Here’s the assignment of FOX Sports commentators for the World Cup Round of 16 games:
Saturday, June 30
Sunday, July 1
Monday, July 2
Tuesday, July 3