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Kyle Martino interview about his USSF Presidential campaign

World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 56, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• An exclusive interview with Kyle Martino where he shares his views on Jonathan Gonzalez electing to play for Mexico instead of the United States and what that means for US Soccer,

• Martino dives deeper into why the USSF chose Red Bull Arena for the lucrative US-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier,

• As well as his thoughts on the conflict of interest between USSF, SUM and MLS, and much more.

• Plus we have news about an English commentator leaving the US to head back to the UK, as well as our thoughts on FOX’s FA Cup coverage and more.

• And of course we have feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

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    January 18, 2018 at 11:04 am

    No one cares.

  2. Oliver Tse

    January 18, 2018 at 2:54 am

    The Atlanta Unied TV play-by-play situation will play itself out in the next 5 weeks.

    All I know are the following:

    1. Kevin Egan is the favorite to land the pxp job to call the 13 games on weekends that do not conflict with his duties as host of The Xtra Mondays-Fridays on beIN Sports USA (which originates from Miami.) Egan called 5 Atlanta United matches in 2017 before Alan Green arrived.

    2. Jenn Hildreth and/or her agent Evolution Media Talent will likely reach out to Atlanta United General Manager Darren Eales and Director of Digital Media/Broadcast Matt Moore to apply for the pxp job to call the 5 Wednesday night games (one home game, following by 4 road games) that do NOT conflict with her other assignments, notably pxp of National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) matches on Lifetime TV.

    Everything will play itself out in the next 5 weeks.

  3. Oliver Tse

    January 16, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    The inevitable has happened with Atlanta United FC, as Darren Eales and Matt Moore gave BBC Radio “legend” Alan Green the opportunity to gracefully step down as Atlanta United TV play-by-play man.

    Atlanta United FC did a lot of things right in 2017, but Darren Eales got one thing very wrong: he hired Alan Green on impulse, without doing enough due diligence, and Eales got burned badly

    I was warned by multiple contacts in the UK that Green was NOT a good TV play-by-play man, and my contacts were correct. Green arrived Atlanta UNPREPARED for U.S. English-language soccer TV consumers, who have some simple expectations:

    1. Pronounce names correctly

    2. Identify players correctly, especially goal scorers

    3. Minimize verbiage. TV is not “radio with pictures”

    Green’s first Atlanta United TV broadcast, on June 17, was a complete disaster. he failed to meet any of the three simple expectations. He was calling the match for “radio with pictures” by using too many words. He butchered Latin American names by putting stresses on the wrong syllables. Finally, he misidentified the Columbus Crew players who scored a goal as “…mer-ROHM, I think…” Justin Meram (who prefers to pronounce his name MER-am) did NOT score the goal. Federico Higuain did.

    To his credit, Green put in the work during the 7-week hiatus after July 4. By September, Green had put in enough work to actually sound like a competent soccer TV broadcaster.

    With that said, there are at least 10 men and 3 women living in the U.S I would rather hire to call soccer matches on TV than Alan Green. One of the 3 women on my list has lived in Atlanta for 20 years: NWSL on Lifetime and ESPN Networks play-by-play announcer Jenn Hildreth

    I expect Atlanta United FC to contact beIN Sports USA personality Kevin Egan first for the play-by-play opportunity. Egan called 5 matches for Atlanta United in 2017 and he was excellent. Egan will be able to call up to 13 Atlanta United matches on weekends, when he is off duty from hosting The Xtra

    Hildreth would be a potential fit to call the 5 Atlanta United matches on Wednesdays, when Egan is tied up at beIN Sports USA. Hildreth generally works for ESPN Networks (softball in the Spring, Women’s college soccer in the Autumn) on Thursdays and Sundays. NWSL on Lifetime airs on Saturdays.

    • Oliver Tse

      January 17, 2018 at 12:45 am

      A video clip that illustrates the difference between Alan Green, who struggled through his only season calling MLS Atlanta United matches on regional TV, and Dave Johnson, the ONLY TV play-by-play announcer for MLS DC United matches on local/regional TV for the past 22 seasons.

      The clip took the first half of DC United vs Atlanta United from the Atlanta broadcast, and the 2nd half from the DC broadcast.

      Green had trouble at the start of the match. He almost called “it’s in the net” on the shot in the 3rd minute that hit the side netting.

      Johnson, on the other hand, was doing almost everything right. He cut his verbiage considerably compared to when he started 22 years ago (he was calling “radio with pictures” instead of TV back then.)

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