NBC Sports Names John Strong Lead Voice for Major League Soccer Coverage
NBC Sports Group has named John Strong, formerly the lead voice for MLS' Portland Timbers, as the lead play-by-play voice for its Major League Soccer telecasts, beginning in July.NBC Sports Group is also expanding the roles of three soccer analysts: Premier League studio analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe will also contribute to NBC Sports Group's MLS coverage as game analysts beginning in July.
In addition to MLS, analyst Kyle Martino will join NBC Sports Group's Premier League studio coverage working alongside studio host Rebecca Lowe.
"With the addition of John Strong to our team, we have the best American voice in soccer leading our MLS broadcasts," said Pierre Moossa, Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports Group. "By expanding the roles of Kyle, Robbie, and Robbie, our expert commentators will be able to share their knowledge across all of our soccer coverage." Strong will call MLS games alongside Martino with host Russ Thaler beginning Saturday, July 6, at 11 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with the Vancouver Whitecaps-Seattle Sounders Western Conference matchup. "I'm thrilled to join NBC Sports Group's MLS team," said Strong. "To be a national voice of Major League Soccer has been my dream job for a long while. To do it with the iconic NBC Sports brand makes it perfect. My first game can't come soon enough!" ROBBIE EARLE - PREMIER LEAGUE STUDIO ANALYST & MLS GAME ANALYST: Earle played professionally in the U.K. for two decades and scored the first-ever World Cup goal for the Jamaican Men's National Team. Previously, he served as a commentator for BBC, ITV, Sky, the Portland Timbers and ESPN. ROBBIE MUSTOE - PREMIER LEAGUE STUDIO ANALYST & MLS GAME ANALYST: A former midfielder, Mustoe played in two FA Cup finals and one League Cup final in eight professional seasons. He joined NBC Sports Group after five years as a studio and game analyst for ESPN. KYLE MARTINO - MLS LEAD GAME ANALYST & PREMIER LEAGUE STUDIO ANALYST: Martino, a former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder who played eight seasons in MLS, will rotate with analysts Earle and Mustoe alongside host Rebecca Lowe in NBC Sports Group's Premier League studio at the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Martino joined NBC Sports Group in 2012 as lead MLS game analyst and served as a men's soccer analyst at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He previously served as an analyst for ESPN, FOX Soccer and the MLS' Philadelphia Union. ARLO WHITE - PREMIER LEAGUE & MLS PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER: White, NBC Sports Group's lead play-by-play announcer for its Premier League coverage, will continue to work on select MLS regular season and postseason games. For more information on NBC Sports Group's Premier League announcers, please click here. About NBC Sports Group's Soccer Coverage NBC Sports Group's networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men's and Women's National Team matches, the men's and women's Olympic soccer tournaments, and, beginning in August 2013, the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, will be the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal's Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.