On February 1, MLS Season Pass launches. However, the league has still not finalized its complete lineup of broadcasters who will be bringing the 2023 season to us. And we’re still waiting to find out who their blockbuster lead commentator is in English. The league has it with the previously-announced co-commentator Taylor Twellman, but the biggest missing piece is absent thus far.
According to our sources, the league is scrambling behind the scenes to get everything ready for the 2023 season launch. They’re putting their best foot forward, but the league is quickly running out of time. The season is scheduled to begin February 25.
Earlier in January, the league released its first list of talent. And now Major League Soccer has announced its latest list (see below). While not the completely finalized list, it is significant given that they’ve added 31 more broadcasters.
MLS adds more commentators
Let’s jump right in and discuss the match commentators hired. We’re pleased to see that Callum Williams, Keith Costigan, Dre Cordero and Eric Krakauer make the list, all of whom have considerable experience calling world soccer. Also included are Tyler Terens, Kevin Egan, Mark Followill, Adrian Healey, Mark Rogondino (FOX Soccer alumni) and Matt Cullen (for French-language broadcasts).
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On the Spanish side, MLS has hired Adrian Garcia Marquez, Jorge Perez-Navarro, Francisco Rivera and Sergio Ruiz.
As far as match co-commentators go, we’re glad to see that MLS has signed Lloyd Sam. He’s flown under the radar, commentating a lot of Charlotte FC games. We’re also excited to discover that Danny Higginbotham is a co-commentator for MLS games. His work for ESPN, CBS, NBC Sports has been exemplary. And he’s arguably one of the best, if not the best, co-commentator on US shores right now.
Other talent hired include Brian Dunseth, Cobi Jones, Devon Kerr, Heath Pearce, Ross Smith and Jamie Watson.
MLS has also added Shep Messing as an in-studio analyst.
Elsewhere, Eduardo Biscayart and Jaime Macias are excellent pickups for the Spanish-language co-commentaries on MLS Season Pass. MLS has also signed Spanish-language analysts Francisco Pinto and Carlos Suarez. For French-language co-commentaries, MLS has brought on Patrice Bernier.
Completing the list are studio presenters Kaylyn Kyle (English-language) and Stefano Fusaro (Spanish-language).
Last but not least is one of the most important hires, rules analyst Christina Unkel. Her work on CBS Sports broadcasts has been a godsend particularly due to the multitude of complicated rules changes.
All matches will feature commentary in English or Spanish, while matches involving Canadian teams will also have French commentary. Pregame shows and the postgame wrap-up will be available in English and Spanish. Fans in the US and Canada will also have the option to select their home team’s radio for broadcast audio on the Apple TV app where available.
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