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Posted by2 months ago

[OC] U.S. Soccer's 30-year run on ESPN has come to an end

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I feel like ESPN was more accessible even for those that dont have cable. Fox Sports is more niche IMO

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Yeah I remember seeing games on at bars that just had ESPN playing, no real idea that soccer was on

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They had their ups and downs, but ESPN’s presentation of the 2010 and 2014 World Cups was as good as any sporting event coverage I remember. 2010 really felt like the first time everyone actually took it seriously.

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I've never had more fun watching a sporting event than their coverage of the 20`10 World Cup. It was perfectly done. Get crazy nostalgia hearing the theme music or some of their intro's. 2014 was great too but a bit over the top at times, didn't feel quite as authentic.

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I live in south Texas which is RIFE with Mexico fans, but I remember in 2010 and 2014 walking into bars with over a hundred usa fans and I knew that this is what I would be doing for the rest of my life. Now, I can't make it to every game because life happens and it's only a dozen or two for some meaningless friendly, but the camaraderie over the last couple decades of going to USA games and watching them with other supporters is the best. The coverage is a big part of that.

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As a lifelong World Cup fan (my first was ‘90 Italia) I remember being blown away in 2010 by Mike Tirico’s knowledge of international soccer history. The dude had prepared!

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You feel that way because it actually was the first time they took it seriously. If you remember they took a lot of flack (alot maybe be pushing it as there wasn’t nearly the appetite for English speaking soccer coverage back then but you get the point ….) for having a baseball commentator as the broadcast “play by play” lead. They went after Martin Tyler ( Ian Darke was actually the throw-in.) Because Martin had it written in his contract to commentate England, Darke got the US-Algeria game and one of( I’d say largest) tipping points in US soccer history happens. “Go Go USA” ,ESPYs for play of the checks notes Decade, and all the rest. I maintain it was the first legit real USMNT sportcenter moment. My ex was as anti soccer a Texan as existed. After that World Cup she became the biggest US supporter I know (she may be in this Sub, ) she eventually found out she had a mutual friend of Clint Dempsey ( both from Nagodoches ), and went to Brazil World Cup as his super fan. This all happened because of that 1 moment. And that had a lot to do with ESPNs coverage in 2010. So I type all this to say, investment matters. A person who was a sterotypical anti- soccer person now ranks her support of US soccer with her love of the Dallas Cowboys. You have no idea how much of a 180 this was!

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Fox is the Wondo vs. Belgium of coverage.

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Darke is my all time favorite USMNT commentator

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And to think, he’s Canadian.

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The FS1 broadcast Tuesday felt like public access coverage of a high school football game. Just straight garbage.

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Yea, it really bugged me. The picture quality was a joke, among other issues. I really hope they do it right for the world cup.

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· 2 mo. ago

Darke is what made it great. Keep him on the call and all will be good.

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· 2 mo. ago
Texas

45 minutes down... 45 minutes to go, go, USA!!

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There will be no world cup qualifiers next cycle, we are co-hosts with Mexico and Canada.

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There will likely be no qualifying, it has yet to be decided as yet.

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Major L. They’ve always done it the best.

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