Estimated read time: Less than a minute
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Strong has agreed to an exclusive deal with Fox Sports and will broadcast Major League Soccer games and this year's Women's World Cup.
Strong has been the lead MLS announcer on NBC since the middle of the 2013 season, when Arlo White moved to England for the network's Premier League coverage.
Strong, 29, has called Europa League, CONCACAF Champions League and Women's World Cup qualifying for Fox, which has U.S. rights to FIFA events through the 2022 World Cup. He also has broadcast Portland Timbers' matches.
Fox made the announcement Thursday. It recently added analysts Alexi Lalas and Brad Friedel, both former players for the U.S. national team.
Fox had intended to use Gus Johnson as its lead soccer announcer but said in September he was stepping down. Johnson was criticized by many soccer fans for a lack of knowledge of the sport.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.