Kyle Martino — the Westport soccer star who was National High School Player of the Year in 1998, earned MLS Rookie of the Year honors, and shared the Los Angeles Galaxy field with David Beckham — is going to the World Cup.
He won’t be playing for the US national team — though he’s done that in the past. For a month starting in mid-June, Martino will be a key part of ESPN and ABC’s radio crew. He’ll announce games with TV veterans J.P. Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth, and former New York Cosmos star Shep Messing.
Martino has earned praise for his ESPN television work, covering the US men’s team and MLS. However, for the World Cup, Disney — ESPN and ABC’s parent company — has signed a largely British TV crew.
That will be particularly interesting on June 12. It’s the Americans’ 1st game of the tournament — against England.
Don’t want to hear a Brit call the match? No problem.
Gather in front of a huge hi-def screen. Mute the sound.
And listen to Kyle Martino, live from South Africa.
Game time is 2:30 p.m.