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Ian Darke will be your No. 1 announcer for US matches at World Cup

Jan 8, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

2014 World Cup

Martin Tyler’s role as ESPN’s No. 1 play-by-play man for the World Cup is now a one-off deal, as the Associated Press is reporting that Ian Darke will handle the lead duties this summer.

Tyler did the job justice during 2010 in South Africa, but Darke has emerged for the network in coverage of United States men’s national team matches as well as other soccer coverage.

Tyler released a statement that:

“Ian Darke made a long-term commitment to ESPN. That commitment deserves to be rewarded by Ian being the lead commentator at World Cup 2014 for ESPN. With that in mind, it was only right and proper for me to offer to stand down.”

According to the report, Darke will call all U.S. matches as well as the World Cup opener (in addition to plenty of other matches).

What are your thoughts?

  1. jslip1 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    It’s going to sound awesome when we beat Portugal.

  2. lewpuls - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Ian has done US games (men and women) so long he’s an honorary American! Good deal.

  3. overtherepermanently - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Tyler is better overall, but Darke knows the US far better. No complaints.

  4. handsofsweed - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    “Ohh, go go USA!!”

    We love you over here Ian.

  5. davebrett99 - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Actually, Martin Tyler only called one USA game at the 2010 World Cup – the USA v England game. Ian Darke did the other three USA games.

  6. hildezero - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Martin Tyler probably didn’t want to call games for ESPN. Since the Brits like to call ESPN as, “tv for Yanks”. They prefer Sky.

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