Tuesday, February 5, 2013

For The Other Soccer Fans Out There - Gus Johnson the Voice of US Soccer?

I know, I know, signing day is tomorrow and nobody is thinking about soccer.  But since there seems to be very little (good) news for recruits making their decisions tomorrow on the UGA front, this caught my eye.

Richard Deitsch over at Sports Illustrated has an article up today saying that Fox is grooming Gus Johnson to be the voice of soccer in the US for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.  Now I like Gus, I know some people think he's over the top but I actually find him to be pretty entertaining.  I was suspicious about his move to college football but  I think he has handled the move pretty well.  And if there is an American voice out there that could match the energy of a  "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!" call like we hear from the Latin American/South American leagues, Gus is certainly the guy.

But really, I just don't think ANY American voice should be "the" voice for coverage in the US.  It's a tried and true method............hire one guy with a British accent, another guy with a Scottish accent, and let them call the games.  Whether discussing the condition of the "pitch", the "lovely" touch on a through ball, a "magical" effort, or whatever other soccer lingo, it just sounds so right with an accent from the United Kingdom, and so wrong with an accent from the United States.  Studio analysts are a different story, I enjoy Wynalda, Lalas,etc with their halftime and pregame stuff, but the guys calling the game need to speak properly, and in this case properly wasn't born/raised in the US.

Am I right?

(Also, going back to signing day, hopefully we pick up one or two more, but I'm still excited about this signing class.  Tunsil is a huge loss, he would have been great to have the next 3 or 4 years, but other than that it's a great class that addresses our needs).


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