One thing I took from the conversation with Arlo White today is that he is admittedly not all the way up on his knowledge of MLS, but he pledges to do his homework.
And he’ll be relocating to the Seattle area for the season well before the first match, he said.
Let me clarify something…White will call all games on radio, but will do radio only when it is a national TV broadcast.
“That’s going to be fairly new,” White said. “I think the TV would be the priority in that situation. One of the keys to it for the radio audience is going to be where is the ball on the field without overtalking, because the TV audience doesn’t necessarily want too much talking.”
White will also handle pregame show duties.
I asked him about any memorable games he’s called. He said Manchester City’s success and Liverpool’s implosion on the field have been hot topics for him this season. White grew up a fan of Leicester City, now out of the EPL, and he remembers calling a game against Leeds United involving his favorite team.
He had previously made it a policy not call games involving Leicester, but changed his mind because his colleagues were doing it.
“You find that you’re harsher on your own team because you’re overcompensating a bit,” White said. “There was a game against Leeds United and they were going for promotion to the Premier League and were 2-nil down in our stadium. The crowd was 20,000, 10,000 which came from Leeds. Crazy but quite volatile atmosphere. And we got it to 2-2 and they went 3-2 with about five minutes to go. And Leicester scored twice in the last three minutes to win 4-3. And I think I came down off the cloud around Wednesday or Thursday. Hard to keep calm through reporting on that game was one of the biggest challenges I think I ever faced as a broadcaster.”
White plans to go to Spain to see the Sounders play in the La Manga Cup this month.
He’s excited for the World Cup and said he’s nervous about the U.S.-England game.
Another thing to clarify – White will call all matches, even if any one, say U.S. Open Cup, is done on a Webcast rather than TV or radio.