In the newest edition of the AA Podcast, perhaps the most popular announcer in America joins us, the brilliant Ian Darke of ESPN. Darke has been at the center of ESPN's soccer revolution as lead play by play voice of the EPL and this summer's Women's World Cup in Germany. Darke became a cult phenomenon with his call of Landon Donovan's goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup and has quickly become one of the most popular announcers anywhere. In the podcast, Ian talks with AA about...
-His popularity amongst American soccer fans
-The memorable USA/Brazil Women's World Cup Quarterfinal
-The challenges facing the growth of MLS
-Wednesday night's USA-Mexico friendly and the debut of Jurgen Klinsmann
-The upcoming EPL season and his picks to win the league
-The next steps for the growth of soccer
Many thanks to Ian for taking some time away from his matchday preparation in Philadelphia for joining us on the AA Podcast. This is a must listen for any soccer fan or fan of great broadcasting. You can catch Ian in the booth with John Harkes for the USA-Mexico friendly in Philly at 9 PM ET on ESPN2 Wednesday night. Saturday, Darke will be back in England as the EPL season begins at 10 AM ET on ESPN2 with coverage of Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton.
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Interesting to see the comparisons. Clint, while going off on the ump, never bumped him or got in his way too much. Good manager and a bad call...
on the braves brodcast video, at 1:24 the whole crowd knew he was out and their 100+ feet away, the umpiree who is less than 5 feet away should have made the right call. This is disgusting to watch haha.
I would rather add thirty minutes to each game and get the calls right rather than try and "preserve the speed" and have blown calls that affect outcomes.