Soccer will take heart stage within the sporting calendar for the following month or so, with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar slated to be the most-watched sporting occasion of the 12 months.
Fox Sports activities is performing accordingly, enlisting a dream staff of broadcasters — some from the soccer world, some from outdoors of it — to supply shade and texture to the twenty second iteration of the storied competitors.
In the USA, Fox Sports activities would be the place to show for the event’s most memorable moments. Previous broadcasts supplied a glimpse into the delirium that happened within the stands after dramatic USMNT wins over Algeria in 2010 and Ghana in 2014.
And whereas we do not fairly know what second will spark such scenes on this 12 months’s competitors, we do know who can be on the decision when these moments come to move.
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With that, this is every part it’s worthwhile to know in regards to the Fox Sports activities studio lineup for the 2022 World Cup.
Who’s on the Fox Sports activities World Cup studio staff?
Rob Stone, host
Main the studio protection from Fox Sports activities’ glimmering set in Doha is veteran broadcaster Rob Stone. Stone has put collectively a formidable resume through the years, calling video games for ESPN and Fox Sports activities. He additionally gained a WWE 24/7 Championship belt! (The extra you already know). Stone ought to present construction to a program loaded with robust personalities.
Kate Abdo, host
A well-recognized face to US soccer followers, Abdo will comply with up on her work for Fox at earlier males’s and ladies’s World Cups by serving because the host for the World Cup Tonight studio present. The Manchester, England, native additionally serves as a Champions League host for Turner Sports activities and has intensive expertise protecting boxing.
Alexi Lalas, lead studio analyst
Alexi Lalas will provide occasional musings as this system’s lead studio analyst. He is been part of the Fox Sports activities staff since 2015, gaining reputation for his polarizing takes and stunning love of onerous rock. A former US worldwide, Lalas is without doubt one of the most well-known figures within the American soccer pyramid.
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Clint Dempsey, studio analyst
“Deuce” is arguably the US’s greatest-ever participant, a longtime fixture of the nationwide staff setup who shined whereas taking part in for Fulham and Tottenham within the Premier League. Dempsey served as a visitor analyst on US video games all through the CONCACAF qualifying spherical.
Carli Lloyd, studio analyst
From one US soccer legend to a different. Lloyd is maybe the best participant — man or lady — to emerge from the US nationwide staff setup. She scored 134 targets in 316 caps for the US, main them to 2 World Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals. Lloyd took dwelling to Girls’s Greatest Participant of the Yr awards (2015, 2016). Since her retirement in 2021, Lloyd has worn lots of totally different hats, together with serving as a consultant for the 2023 Girls’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Maurice Edu, lead studio analyst
One other former US worldwide, Edu put collectively a formidable profession overseas after being chosen with the primary choose within the 2007 MLS Superdraft. Edu spent a while in Scotland, even scoring a winner within the Outdated Agency Derby for Rangers, earlier than returning again to the States to complete his profession. Since his retirement, he is been a fixture on Fox’s MLS protection.
Eni Aluko, studio analyst
Aluko made 102 appearances for England’s ladies’s nationwide staff from 2004 to 2016. She options often on Fox’s protection of worldwide tournaments, having supplied musings as part of the community’s Girls’s World Cup telecasts again in 2019. She now serves because the director of recruitment at NWSL facet Angel Metropolis FC.
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Kelly Smith, studio analyst
The second-highest aim scorer in England ladies’s historical past, Smith — an Arsenal legend — is without doubt one of the biggest gamers in Three Lions historical past. She’s been a Fox Sports activities common since 2014, that includes closely on the community’s 2018 World Cup and 2019 Girls’s World Cup protection.
Chad Johnson, studio analyst
Rounding off Fox Sports activities’ studio protection of the 2022 World Cup is an individual aware of a complete different kind of soccer. Chad Johnson, previously referred to as Chad Ochocinco, was one of the entertaining extensive receivers within the NFL throughout his prime, identified for his intricate landing celebrations that includes an array of various props. Johnson has loved a equally entertaining day trip of the highlight, co-hosting the “I Am Athlete” podcast whereas additionally collaborating in celeb boxing matches in his free time. Now, he is taking his skills to the soccer pitch as a part of the World Cup Tonight present.