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November 30, 2011 at 10:13 AM

It’s official: Arlo White is leaving the Sounders for NBC Sports

NBC Sports announced today that it has hired Arlo White as the play-by-play voice of its MLS coverage starting in 2012. White had served as the voice of the Sounders the past two seasons.

His first broadcast with NBC Sports will be March 11 on opening weekend. White, who came to the Sounders from the BBC, will also call U.S. men’s national team games on the network.

“It is a tremendous honor for me to join the NBC Sports Group, an organization that I have revered from afar for many years,” said White in a news release. “I am extremely passionate about the future of Major League Soccer, and this partnership with NBC will provide a huge boost for the sport in the United States. I am very proud to have been called up to play a major role in it.

“I am indebted to the Seattle Sounders FC and the club’s wonderful fans,” White added in the release. “Joe Roth and Adrian Hanauer provided me with an opportunity for which I will always be grateful. It was a privilege to serve as the voice of the Sounders, and I thank the supporters for giving me such a warm welcome.”

Earlier this year, NBC and the NBC Sports Network signed a deal to televise about 50 soccer games, mostly MLS but also four USMNT matches. White’s fellow broadcasters will be announced at a later date.

“Arlo is one of the top voices calling soccer today in the U.S., and we are very excited to have him be the lead play-by-play announcer to launch our new agreement with Major League Soccer,” said Sam Flood, executive producer of NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network, in the release. “I also want to sincerely thank the Seattle Sounders FC ownership for making Arlo available, so he can be the MLS voice for the NBC Sports Group to a national audience.”

After the jump is a series of tweets from White, including a big thank you to the fans:

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Hi every1. Speculation can end. I have accepted the job as lead Soccer announcer for NBC Sports. It’s a tremendous opportunity for me (cont)
Nov 30 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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I’m proud & honoured to have been chosen for the role. It’s so exciting for #mls & US Soccer. I can’t wait to get started in the 2012 season
Nov 30 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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To #sounders friends/fans. Sorry for the silence. Yr messages over the past week have been incredible. U know I will never forget. THANK YOU
Nov 30 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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