Gus Johnson returned to Fox's soccer coverage Wednesday (albeit on FX for some reason) for the Champions League semi second leg between Barcelona and Bayern Munich.  It was Johnson's first soccer telecast in almost two months.  Before the game I wrote it was the beginning of the most important stretch for Fox in their hopes of transforming Johnson into America's voice for soccer.  Later this month Johnson will announce both the FA Cup Final and the Champions League Final and he will need to be ready for primetime by then.

After two months away, Fox and Johnson needed to show soccer fans signs of improvement and some rays of hope that the long-term vision of the network is worthwhile.  If not, Fox and Johnson risk losing the trust of soccer fans moving forward as the network takes over World Cup rights.  Unfortunately, there was little for Fox to be optimistic about as Johnson again struggled with the basics including player identification and pronounciations.  Who would have ever thought we'd see the words "Gus Johnson" and "boring" in the same tweet.  Usually Twitter angst is saved for the likes of Chris Berman and Tim McCarver but yesterday it was an internet cult favorite in the unyielding crosshairs.  As always these are Real Tweets from Real People…

In particular, Gus Johnson had a lot of trouble pronouncing the name of one of the best players in the world – Barcelona's Andres Iniesta.

And for what it's worth, the reviews were equally unkind for Johnson's partner Ian Wright.

As a fan of Gus Johnson, I hope this turns around and he can grow into a good soccer announcer.  However, right now it's clear he's not ready and Fox is just throwing him to the wolves.

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