We’re less than a month away from the Women’s World Cup in Canada, and Fox has announced their stable of broadcasters that will be covering the action.
Five teams will be calling the matches, including one made up of three broadcasters for the United States matches. That team will be JP Dellacamera, Cat Whitehill, and Tony DiCicco. None of these three voices are new for soccer fans. Dellacamera has been a part of 12 World Cups (including last year’s event in Brazil), while Whitehill is a former USWNT player that played in a pair of World Cup and worked for ESPN during the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany. DiCicco coached the USWNT in the 1996 Olympics and 1999 Women’s World Cup, and called the Women’s World Cup for ESPN in 2003, 2007, and 2011. The trio worked together to call the USWNT’s win over Ireland last weekend, and will also be working their match on Sunday with Mexico.
A pair of familiar play by play broadcasters will also work the Women’s World Cup for Fox, with lead MLS broadcaster John Strong teaming with ex-USWNT star Danielle Slaton, and the versatile Justin Kutcher working alongside anther former USWNT star, Aly Wagner. The final two broadcast pairings see Glenn Davis team up with former Canadian WNT striker Christine Latham, and the tournament’s lone all-female team – Jenn Hildreth and Kyndra de St. Aubin. Another former USWNT star, Angela Hucles, will work as a game analyst.
Here are the teams in alphabetical order:
Glenn Davis & Christine Latham
JP Dellacamera, Cat Whitehill & Tony DiCicco
Jenn Hildreth & Kyndra de St. Aubin
Justin Kutcher & Aly Wagner
John Strong & Danielle Slaton
In the studio in Vancouver, hosts Kate Abdo and Rob Stone are joined by a plethora of analysts, including Alexi Lalas, Heather Mitts, Eric Wynalda, Leslie Osborne, Kelly Smith, Ariane Hingst, Monica Gonzalez, Dr. Joe Machnik, and the aforementioned Hucles and Latham. The Vancouver-based coverage starts on June 4th.
While all of these details are well and good, and I’m sure Fox will do the tournament justice given the way they’ve handled previous USWNT games over the past few months… it looks like Fox will be punting on extensive coverage during the Champions League Final on June 6th, which is a shame. The Women’s World Cup begins on the same day with Canada-China and New Zealand-Netherlands from Edmonton. It sucks that the final between two teams laden with history such as Barcelona and Juventus is going to get relegated to the backburner, but given the choice, I think it’s pretty obvious where Fox would rather devote their resources. On the bright side, we’re going to get one hell of a long day of soccer on June’s first Saturday, something we’ll be jonesing for after the Premier League wraps up on May 24th.