Did you see this interesting story from SI.com? It appears FOX is grooming popular sports broadcaster Gus Johnson as its lead voice of soccer leading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Johnson, as you might remember, called games for the San Jose Earthquakes last season. According to the SI report, his first game for FOX Soccer will be a Real Madrid-Manchester United clash in the upcoming UEFA Champions League.
Local fans might remember Johnson best for his “Cold blooded!” call of Isaiah Thomas‘ winner for the UW men’s basketball team a couple year ago.
Let’s get to some links:
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— Looks like Mario Martinez will be starting for Honduras tomorrow in a World Cup qualifier against the U.S.
— Some Liverpool supporters weren’t exactly the biggest fans of Djimi Traore, a Sounders trialist.
— Around MLS, here’s the official release on FC Dallas acquiring forward Eric Hassli and Kenny Cooper, Houston has signed defender Jermaine Taylor to a new deal, Real Salt Lake playmaker Javier Morales will miss a few weeks following knee surgery, and ESPN.com takes a broader look at the league’s recent departures to Europe.
— Here’s a piece catching up with Jamar Beasley.
— Did you see this post from The Soccer Insider on MLS banning the use of phones and other electronic communication devices in the locker room from an hour before the game until after the final whistle? It’s a measure to prevent match fixing.
— On the women’s soccer scene, Reign FC explained on Facebook why it didn’t make a fifth free-agent signing. Also, Tina Ellertson tweeted that she won’t be playing soccer this year and here’s an interview with local favorite Veronica Perez (now with the Western New York Flash).
— The offside rule might be changing. Oh boy.
— Here’s a little more on David Beckham‘s contract with PSG.
— Lastly, some… uh… interesting tweets from Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson this afternoon. The second has since been deleted: