Major League Soccer’s new deal with Apple brings a world of change. MLS now has a designated list of announcers and analysts that cover the league in its entirety. In fact, the MLS Season Pass announcers are part of a massive hiring spree by Major League Soccer, encompassing between 80 and 100 broadcasters in total.
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As a result, these are not team-oriented TV broadcasters. Rather, each game will seem like a national contest with unbiased commentary throughout. For those that want those hometown biases, there is an option to listen to the radio broadcast of each team involved in every game.
Regardless, the MLS announcers and analysts list has many familiar names. That being said it does have some new ones. There are English and Spanish broadcasts for every game. Then, games involving Canadian teams also have French crews in the booth.
However, this list of MLS announcers and analysts goes beyond the booth. There is studio talent, some of which is coming over to the US soccer world for the first time.
MLS announcers and analysts list
Max Bretos: In addition to previously working as a play-by-play voice with both ESPN and FOX, Max Bretos spent his most recent time calling games specifically with LAFC. Always excitable and positive, Bretos lives, eats and breathes MLS.
Steve Cangialosi: Like Bretos, Cangialosi comes from a team-specific background. He called games for New York Red Bulls in MLS these past couple seasons. Still, his expertise includes European soccer and the international game.
Jake Zivin: Zivin earned three Emmy Awards during his time calling games for the Portland Timbers.
Pablo Ramírez: With Univision no longer having MLS rights, Ramírez is one of the Spanish-language broadcasters staying on the league. He has been calling games for 22 years, and even has experience at World Cups.
Frederic Lord: Lord will be one of the French voices. He previously worked with CF Montreal dating back to the club’s launch in 2012.
Adrian Healey: Healey was the play-by-play voice of Austin FC, while also working with ESPN to cover its properties. Healey’s tenure as a commentator includes UEFA Champions League, Women’s World Cup and DFB-Pokal.
No other broadcaster called as many MLS games on ESPN as Adrian Healey. His count exceeds 250 MLS matches, as well as four FIFA World Cups and ESPN’s coverage of LaLiga, Serie A and the UEFA Champions League.
Dre Cordero: A product of beIN SPORTS, GOL TV and most recently CBS and Paramount+, Dre Cordero served as the lead play-by-play voice in Paramount+’s coverage of Serie A and the UEFA Champions League. He also worked on the broadcaster’s international soccer, including CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, among other competitions.
Keith Costigan: An Emmy winner as the play-by-play voice of the Seattle Sounders for seven years, Keith Costigan also spent 18 years working with FOX Sports when it covered the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League.
Matt Cullen: While Matt Cullen is bilingual, he will be working on the French side of things when it comes to MLS broadcasts. He worked the French broadcasts for the men’s and women’s Canadian National Teams, including the men qualifying for and playing in the 2022 World Cup.
Kevin Egan: The Irishman has a decade of experience broadcasting soccer. That includes a stint as a sideline reporter with the Chicago Fire, an analyst with Atlanta United and international soccer with beIN SPORTS.
Mark Followill: Mark Followill’s broadcast career is beyond just soccer. In fact, he spent 17 seasons as the voice of the Dallas Mavericks. His soccer career is also extensive, calling games for FC Dallas since 2012 and working games at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, 2017 and 2019 Gold Cup, Copa American Centenario and more.
Adrian Garcia Marquez: Two World Cups, Copa America, Gold Cup, Olympics, World Series, Super Bowl, Lakers and LA Galaxy are all on the play-by-play resume for Adrian Garcia Marquez. His most recent work was with LAFC as a studio host.
Eric Krakauer: Eric Krakauer spent significant time covering games in Portugal, his nation of birth, and many South American competitions. This past season, he was Charlotte FC’s play-by-play voice in the club’s inaugural season.
Jorge Perez-Navarro: Perez-Navarro is one of the most recognizable voices in Spanish soccer in the United States. He was the lead voice for Spanish coverage of nine MLS Cups and a veteran of five World Cup tournaments. He is the first to do it in both English and Spanish for TV in the United States.
Francisco X. Rivera: Rivera did the Spanish play-by-play work for LAFC in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Before then, he worked with FOX Sports, Time Warner and specific clubs as a play-by-play voice. Rivera made some history with FOX, becoming the first Mexican-born broadcaster to appear on the network.
Mark Rogondino: Rogondino had a career as a college goalkeeper at San Diego State University. Then, he transferred into the booth with FOX Sports in 2002 calling MLS, UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, Liga MX and USMNT or USWNT matches.
Sergio Ruiz: Since Orlando City’s inception in 2015, Ruiz called every single game for the club in Spanish. Over the past eight seasons, he has been behind the microphone for more than 260 matches, adding on Copa America, Copa Libertadores and domestic leagues in South America.
Tyler Terens: Terens was the play-by-play voice of the Chicago Fire for the last three seasons. He got that gig after working with the Phoenix Rising in USL as well as CONCACAF Champions League, Gold Cup, US Open Cup and more.
Callum Williams: Even though Callum Williams worked soccer for over 17 years, his MLS tenure stretches back the last 12. He worked globally with IMG to broadcast games in the regular season and playoffs. Then, he was the local voice for Sporting KC and Minnesota United.
Juan Arango: A versatile broadcaster with a resume including coverage of the Copa America and World Cup, Arango’s recent work with TUDN covered the Champions League, Europa League, Liga MX and Major League Soccer.
Olivier Brett: The Quebec native is on the French play-by-play scene. He did the same for 11 seasons acting as the voice for MLS games and four FIFA World Cups.
Ed Cohen: Ed Cohen filled in as the TV and radio play-by-play voice for the New York Knicks on MSG Networks, also dipping into the New York Red Bulls in that time.
Raul Guzman: The Spanish-language broadcaster brings more than 25 years of experience to MLS Season Pass. Guzman joined Univision in 2013, working MLS games since then.
Jose Hernandez: Hernandez worked with ESPN, beIN SPORTS, and TUDN to cover some of the biggest soccer events. MLS, World Cup, Champions League, LaLiga, Serie A, Copa America and Gold Cup are just a taste of the work done by Hernandez.
Jenn Hildreth: Hildreth is one of the top soccer play-by-play voices, particularly when it comes to the women’s game. She worked the 2015 and 2019 Women’s World Cups with FOX as well as UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.
Tony Husband: Although a short-lived broadcast, Tony Husband worked the play-by-play for Nashville SC since 2020. Of course, before then, he spent two decades with BBC, working on “Match of the Day” and other programs.
Rodolfo Landeros: He is yet another example of the talent acquired by Apple that can work in both English and Spanish. While soccer is just the beginning of Landeros’s experience, it does feature World Cup Qualifying and niche competitions like the Futsal World Cup.
Moisés Linares: Linares was the Spanish-language voice for DC United, working in both radio and TV. He did the same for the Washington Commanders in the NFL. In fact, one of his jobs prior to sport was a reporter and snchor with Telemundo and NBC4 in Washington, D.C.
Blake Price: The Canadian native worked for over two decades at TSN. He worked as a host of Sportscentre among other roles. Price previously hosted a podcast that mirrored his radio show “Sekeres and Price.”
Ramses Sandoval: The bilingual host has a recognizable voice when it comes to Spanish-language broadcasts. While Sandoval was the voice for TUDN’s MLS coverage for the last eight years, he also worked CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Champions League and more.
Bruno Vain: Yet another Spanish-language play-by-play voice, Vain has four World Cups under his belt. His broadcast career began in his native Argentina, but moved to the United States in 2000.
Chris Wittyngham: Wittyngham graduated from the University of Miami, and stayed in South Florida for his broadcasting career. He worked with Univision for English-language coverage of MLS and continued to work the side’s national game of the week.
Nate Bukaty: The lead announcer for Sporting Kansas City is joining Apple and MLS Season Pass for the same role. His experience also includes international competitions and national MLS broadcasts.
Jorge Calvo: The Spanish-language announcer previously worked for Univision, beIN SPORTS, DAZN and Telemundo. That allowed him to work Premier League games and the FIFA World Cup.
Sammy Sadovnik: A longtime Spanish voice for Telemundo, GolTV and more, Sammy Sadovnik worked a number of World Cup games, including the most recent edition in 2022 in Qatar.
Oscar Salazar: LaLiga, the Premier League, Ligue Un and other leagues feature on the resume of Oscar Salazar. He joins MLS Season Pass as yet another Spanish-language voice for Apple with World Cup experience.
Kyndra de St. Aubin: Kyndra de St. Aubin worked the analyst role with Minnesota United. The former college soccer player takes her times as a player into the booth with the talent on Apple for MLS.
Maurice Edu: A former USMNT international, Edu is a regular when it comes to the analyst role in American soccer. He has worked with FOX and Turner to cover MLS, the Champions League and international soccer.
Lori Lindsey: This former USWNT World Cup player most recently was the sideline reporter with Nashville SC. Now, Lindsey reprises her role as an analyst, something she did previously with ESPN and CBS.
Danielle Slaton: A game analyst with ample experience, Slaton’s time in the booth with San Jose Earthquakes dates back 13 years. Like Lori Lindsey, Slaton is a former member of the USWNT, winning Bronze at the 2003 Women’s World Cup.
Taylor Twellman: A major get for Apple and MLS Season Pass, Taylor Twellman is perhaps the most recognizable name included on the MLS announcers and analysts list for MLS Season Pass. A former MLS MVP, Twellman can provide knowledge in the booth and in a studio.
Marcelo Balboa: Marcelo Balboa represented the United States at two World Cups. He became a Spanish-language analyst for Univision after working with ABC and ESPN to cover Major League Soccer.
Sébastien Le Toux: Le Toux is a French analyst working some of the Canadian games. The France native actually worked in Philadelphia, the place where he spent much of his MLS career, on the English-language broadcasts. He will be on the French side of things, now.
Sacha Kljestan: Kljestan is specifically a studio analyst on MLS Season Pass. He did the same role for FOX at the 2022 World Cup. Kljestan spent 13 years as a player in Major League Soccer, collecting some USMNT caps along the way.
Bradley Wright-Phillips: Bradley Wright-Phillips, along with Twellman, is one of a small club to have over 100 goals. Wright-Phillips takes his time in MLS into the studio as an analyst.
Diego Valeri: Diego Valeri is a recent MLS MVP with the Portland Timbers, winning the award in both 2015 and 2017. Valeri, the all-time leading scorer in Timbers history, will be in the studio for Spanish coverage on MLS Season Pass.
Patrice Bernier: The Montreal native is on board as one of the French analysts. Bernier spent some of his career with his hometown team, Montreal Impact, now CF Montreal.
Eduardo Biscayart: A broadcaster for five men’s World Cups and the 2019 Women’s World Cups, Spanish-language audiences are plenty familiar with Eduardo Biscayart. He has worked as an analyst with FOX, ESPN, Telemundo and beIN SPORTS.
Brian Dunseth: Brian Dunseth is a mainstay for Major League Soccer. After a long playing career in the league, he served as the TV analyst for Real Salt Lake for 16 years. Chances are he will be in the booth for more RSL games this season.
Danny Higginbotham: Danny Higginbotham, whose work includes time with ESPN, NBC, numerous international outlets and the Philadelphia Union, is a major get for MLS. He is one of the most-talented analysts on American broadcasts, using his long playing career in England as his expertise
Cobi Jones: Cobi Jones was there when MLS started back in 1996. The two-time MLS Cup winner is also a regular in the booth, working the recent men’s World Cup with FOX, but also working as an analyst with LA Galaxy for the last 10 seasons.
Devon Kerr: Devon Kerr has experience with MLS games, but he did also work for ESPN on coverage of the USL Championship, ACC Network and the NCAA College Cup. His international resume also includes the CONCACAF Champions League and World Cup Qualifying.
Jaime Macias: Jaime Macias covered his first World Cup, 2010 in South Africa, at the age of 22. His experience in Miami as a broadcaster now includes four World Cups and ample Champions League time.
Francisco Pinto: The Chilean previously worked with KMEX, the Univision affiliate in the Los Angeles area. While he now focuses on soccer, his time as an analyst also includes the NBA Finals, NFL, MLB and a pair of World Cups.
Heath Pearce: Pearce is quadrilingual, which is impressive enough on its own. However, he is on the English-language broadcasts. The three-time MLS All Star’s work in the booth includes time with a number of broadcasters, such as ESPN, CBS, Paramount+, FOX and beIN SPORTS.
Lloyd Sam: His 19-year playing career included stints at the four top leagues in England, as well as Major League Soccer. A color analyst for Charlotte FC in its lone season before the Apple deal brings an analyst with great potential into the booth.
Ross Smith: Ross Smith was a player, then an analyst, then back to being a player and retired to be an analyst. He did all of those with the Portland Timbers and its TV broadcasts, coming to MLS Season Pass for the English broadcasts.
Carlos Suarez: Suarez was the lead soccer analyst at DIRECTV Sports Latin America, beIN SPORTS USA and TUDN USA. Suarez has been a Spanish-language analyst at seven World Cups, five Copa Americas, three Euros and three MLS Cups.
Jamie Watson: A two-time USL Champion and USL MVP in 2013, Watson also had playing days with Real Salt Lake, Minnesota United, Orlando City and FC Dallas. He spent the last three seasons in the booth as the color commentator for Nashville SC broadcasts.
Shep Messing: Shep Messing is vastly experienced. His experience calling major games dates back to 1986 with the World Cup. He even featured in the NASL on the New York Cosmos alongside Pele during his time as a goalkeeper. His most recent time in the booth was with the New York Red Bulls on MSG Network.
Andrés Agulla (Spanish)
Maximiliano Cordaro (Spanish)
Vincent Destouches (French)
Miguel Gallardo (Spanish)
Sonny Guadarrama (Spanish)
Pablo Mariño (Spanish)
Walter Roque (Spanish)
Carlos Ruiz (Spanish)
Claudio Suárez (Spanish)
Mariano Trujillo (Spanish)
Martin Zúñiga (Spanish)
Luis Gerardo Bucci (Spanish)
Christina Unkel (Rules analyst): For American audiences, Christina Unkel is one of the best rules analysts. She made her name on the TV side of things after collecting her licenses for refereeing. In addition to serving as the rules analyst for MLS, she is the State Referee Administrator for Florida Soccer Referees. She spent time with FOX Sports covering the 2015 Women’s World Cups as a rules analyst, while making a number of appearances with CBS Sports’s Champions League coverage.
Liam McHugh: Liam McHugh is one of the few not involved with soccer over the recent years. He is the studio host for the National Hockey League coverage on TNT, a role he previously held at NBC. While at NBC, he also anchored Premier League coverage. With MLS Season Pass, McHugh anchors the whip-around style show for each MLS matchday.
Jillian Sakovits: Sakovits reprises her role as a studio host with Apple. She held the same role for years with Atlanta United while also serving as a sideline reporter with ESPN.
Tony Cherchi: Cherchi, who has worked MLS games with Univision, is the Spanish studio host for MLS coverage on Apple. He only has select matches scheduled throughout the campaign.
Stefano Fusaro: Like Cherchi, Stefano Fusaro is specifically for the Spanish-language broadcasts of MLS. The Emmy-winning host also served as a sideline reporter with ESPN covering basketball along with soccer.
Kaylyn Kyle: A recognizable name for much of the soccer world, Kaylyn Kyle represented the Canadian Women’s National Team. She will work as a host on the whiparound show for MLS games.
Chelsea Cabarcas: A former in-stadium host for NYCFC and an analyst with NWSL coverage on MSG, Cabarcas joins the studio crew for Apple after working similar roles at the 2022 World Cup and the New York Cosmos.
Melissa Ortiz: Melissa Ortiz is a sideline reporter working for Warner’s coverage of the US Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Ortiz also has experience as a player with the Colombia National Team, but officially retired from the playing game in 2017.
Nigel Reo-Coker: The London native had a 16-year playing career before working with BBC, Sky Sports and Paramount+. Part of that playing career included stints with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact and Chivas USA.
Andrew Wiebe: Wiebe served in the same role with other companies in the past, but notably worked for MLSsoccer.com since 2011. There, he was a featured columnist. Wiebe hosts Extratime, the official podcast of Major League Soccer.
This isn’t the final list, by any means. Expect more announcements next week. When that happens, we’ll update the article accordingly.
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