ESPN to Welcome Additional Analysts for 2014 FIFA World Cup Coverage
ESPN has named four additional analysts - Efan Ekoku, Kasey Keller, Alejandro Moreno and Stewart Robson - to its commentator team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer. The group of analysts will contribute to ESPN's English-language match and studio coverage in the United States during the month-long tournament, June 12 - July 13.
Ekoku, the former Nigerian national team player, will again work primarily as a match analyst after calling the opening match and World Cup final in South Africa 2010. Keller, Moreno and Robson will make their ESPN World Cup debut, though all currently or have previously contributed to the company's global football coverage.
Moreno, the former Venezuelan national team player, will continue to call Mexican National Team matches with Fernando Palomo on ESPN and will work as co-commentator and studio analyst during the tournament.
Keller, the former United States goalkeeper and studio analyst for MLS Cup on ESPN, will split roles as both as studio pundit and match co-commentator in Brazil. Robson, ESPN's lead match analyst for the 2013 Confederations Cup, returns to the network in a similar role for Brazil 2014.
"Our team of analysts for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is one the best collections of football minds assembled anywhere for this global sporting event," said Jed Drake, ESPN's executive producer, 2014 FIFA World Cup. "Beyond their knowledge of football on its biggest stage, their passion for the sport is infectious and resonates with viewers."
ESPN's 11-member analyst team for Brazil 2014 represents a highly diverse, global roster of international football experts. Collectively, the commentators represent eight different countries including Steve McManaman, Stewart Robson (England); Alexi Lalas, Taylor Twellman, Kasey Keller (USA); Michael Ballack (Germany); Efan Ekoku (Nigeria); Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela); Gilberto Silva (Brazil); Santiago Solari (Argentina); and Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands).
ESPN's broadcast assignments for the World Cup in Brazil - including match analyst pairings - will be announced later this spring.