Del Rodgers talking Gold Cup on KCRA.

There’s a big difference between the CONCACAF championship Gold Cup and the FIFA World Cup, and mixing up the two led to a lot of criticism for KCRA (the NBC affiliate in Sacramento) sports director Del Rodgers. Rodgers (who’s been at KCRA since 1997 following a NFL career with the Packers and 49ers) did a segment Monday on the local news showing highlights of the U.S.’ 1-0 Gold Cup final win Sunday, and correctly identified it as such at first, but then later mixed it up with the World Cup:

That clip also has some interesting highlight commentary from Rodgers, including him incorrectly identifying a free kick (“Kellyn Acosta is out of bounds about to kick it in”; free kicks come from the field of play, not from out of bounds). But it’s the part at the end that really stands out, with him saying “USA wins the 2021 Soccer World Cup” and “They don’t make it to the Olympics, but they make the World Cup Final and they win the darn thing.” That got some reaction from many in the soccer world, including former U.S. national team player Herculez Gomez and Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers:

Yeah, a CONCACAF-only competition is not quite the 2021 Soccer World Cup.

Get Smart.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.