Author: Oliver Tse

First use of MLS VAR deemed a success on official launch of video replay technology [VIDEO]

Major League Soccer (MLS) began using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to review the following “high leverage” situations on Saturday, August 5: Goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and mistaken identity. The VAR was put to the test for the first time in MLS history during the 79th minute of the Philadelphia Union vs FC Dallas match, in which referee Ricardo Salazar order a video review of an apparent goal scored by Dallas forward Maximiliano Urruti. Video Assistant Referee Hilario “Chico” Grajeda correctly nullified the goal after he determined that Dallas forward Cristian Colman had kicked Philadelphia goalkeeper John McCarthy ... Read more

Nico Cantor interview: Paving his way to success as a soccer commentator

Nicolas “Nico” Cantor, the son of the most famous soccer television announcer in the United States regardless of language, was hired by Univision Deportes in January 2017 as as the English-language play-by-play voice of Liga MX matches on the Univision Deportes Facebook page and Major League Soccer (MLS) matches on the Second Audio Program (SAP) of Univision Deportes Network (UDN). Nico’s father, legendary Argentine sportscaster AndrĂ©s Cantor, was at the right place at the right time when he called all 52 FIFA World Cup USA 1994 matches in Spanish for Univision Network in the United States. Millions of English-speaking sports ... Read more

FOX Sports needs to select Aly Wagner to co-commentate World Cup 2018 games

Here at World Soccer Talk, we will continue to take the lead by identifying the new generation of candidates for soccer television commentary positions on major national television networks in the United States, with particular emphasis on English-language broadcasts. In March 2013, we identified John Strong as the best home-grown English-language soccer play-by-play commentator and we voiced our opinion to FOX Sports President and COO Eric Shanks, who had assigned Gus Johnson to the number one soccer play-by-play position instead. Shanks decided to end the Gus Johnson experiment in September 2014 and promoted Strong from freelancer to the #1 soccer ... Read more

Why Jermaine Jones could become the next great American soccer TV studio pundit

Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Here at World Soccer Talk, we have taken the lead in identifying the next generation of television broadcasters who will be “driving the bandwagon” by connecting with new viewers in their own unique ways to continue to grow the American soccer community. We first identified John Strong in March 2013 as the best homegrown play-by-play commentator who has dedicated himself to professional soccer at all levels as his first priority. Strong’s ability to incorporate elements from three different styles of commentary (British, American, and Latin American) into his own, plus his hard work and ... Read more

Why truTV may be Turner Sports’ ticket to UEFA Champions League success

While many English-language sportswriters and sports business reporters in the U.S. were caught by surprise by Turner Sports’ $180 million winning bid for the U.S. English-language media rights for the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League for August 2018-May 2021, this seemingly bold move by Turner Sports appears to this long-time observer of the U.S. sports media business to be part of a plan that was formulated by Turner Sports executives at the start of this decade. Ever since Turner Sports won the rights in April 2010 to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament in a joint ... Read more

Why I’ll be watching CONCACAF Cup on FOX Sports, not Univision; By Oliver Tse

Ever since I started watching soccer on English-language U.S. television regularly in August 1994 (as a replacement for Major League Baseball, which had a player strike and had to cancel the World Series that year), I have always believed that the development of home-grown North American sportscasters is one small but essential element to the growth of soccer as a televised sports entertainment product. Through the 13 years (1995-2007) I spent running, the 5 years (2002-2006) I spent on the voting panel of the FĂștbol de Primera Radio U.S. Player of the Year Award, and through several freelance sports ... Read more

Kara Lang Under Consideration as Anchor of New FOX Soccer-Sportsnet World Newscast

A reliable industry source has informed me that former Canadian Women’s National Team, Vancouver Whitecaps Women, and UCLA women’s soccer player Kara Lang is under serious consideration by Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto for an anchor position on the new soccer newscast premiering September 1, 2012 at 10pm Eastern Time on FOX Soccer (U.S.) and Sportsnet World (Canada). According to the source, Lang recently auditioned on camera as anchor of the new show. According to Wikipedia, Lang is a native of Calgary, Alberta and grew up in Oakville, Ontario. She made her debut with the Canadian Women’s National Team in 2002 ... Read more

FOX Soccer Report to End On August 31; New Show from Rogers to Premiere September 1

An industry source has informed me that Shaw Media issued layoff notices on Tuesday June 5 to the entire production staff associated with FOX Soccer Report based at 201 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, effective August 31, 2012. The new nightly international soccer newscast to be produced by Rogers Media in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for airing on FOX Soccer (USA) and SPORTSNET WORLD (Canada) is expected to premiere on Saturday September 1, 2012 at 10pm Eastern Time. The new show will replace FOX Soccer Report and SPORTSNET WORLD Connected. About the author: Oliver Tse founded and operated from ... Read more