Brad Freidel Makes His Mark on Fox Sports 1

Why Brad Freidel was so good as an analyst for Fox Sports 1 coverage this weekend
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, March 09, 2015

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How many times have we sat in front of our computers and read opinions from those who complain about how certain analysts and players are not meant to be play-by-play announcers for the game of soccer in the USA?

We all know it was well documented about Gus Johnson when the entire Internet begged for Fox Sports to remove him.

Johnson actually did a great job with his time calling CONCACAF Gold Cup games in 2013 for the USA and some knockout stages for the UEFA Champions League, but he did need to learn the pronunciations a lot better when he got his first game in Europe. He wasn’t a man growing up with the sport, but he showed respect and wanted to improve.

But as Fox Sports started 2015 with more Major League Soccer, shown with their double header at Sporting Park as Sporting Kansas City against the New York Red Bulls, the tandem of J.P. DellaCamera and Brad Freidel was an interesting combination.

The current Tottenham Hotspurs goalkeeper, who is currently injured and is going through his coaching education for a UEFA coaching license, said in a report from Leander Schaerlaeckens back in May of 2014 that he might try broadcasting if the coaching license doesn’t work out.

His first real test in US Sports broadcasting on Fox Sports 1 in MLS passed with flying colors.

He wasn’t over the top or boring. Freidel actually was giving honest commentary that was bright and interesting to hear. When he was analyzing the play through replays, he showed why he thought certain calls were right or wrong, corrected himself when he saw a play not going the way he first thought and when Lloyd Sam converted his shot to level the match at one, and there was even some dry humor that was a bit refreshing.

As time goes on and when he is officially done playing in net for Tottenham, Freidel has found a new career as an analyst for Fox Sports.

Two solid signings for their broadcasts was hiring John Strong as their top play-by-play man as well with former ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas joining him in the booth. Adding Freidel to the list of MLS broadcasters is an added bonus. And when Fox starts their World Cup coverage in Russia for 2018, Friedel with J.P. DellaCamera can be a great match down the road as well as CONCACAF Gold Cup broadcasts.

But if there will be more MLS doubleheaders on Fox Sports 1, then count me in as a believer about Freidel joining the team to make MLS sound better, smarter and fun on Sundays.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

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USA
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Ramapo College
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PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.
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