Kyle Martino’s Latest Kick

Westporters have always expected big things from Kyle Martino.

In 1999, the Staples senior was named Gatorade National High School
Soccer Player of the Year.

He went on to become Major Soccer League’s 2002 Rookie of the Year. On the Los Angeles Galaxy, he played alongside — and hung out with — David Beckham.

1999 Staples grad Kyle Martino on NBC Sports

1999 Staples grad Kyle Martino on NBC Sports

Martino earned caps with the US national team. After retiring from professional soccer, he joined ESPN as a color commentator. Now he’s seen every weekend as a studio analyst on NBC Sports‘ highly regarded broadcasts of Premier League matches.

Plus, he’s married to beautiful actress Eva Amurri.

But — despite his education at the University of Virginia — no one here quite expected Kyle Martino to end up with the New York Times.

Apparently, there’s nothing he can’t do.

The paper announced today that Martino will join Kristen Kish — only the 2nd female “Top Chef” winner ever — as co-hosts of “36 Hours.”

That’s a new venture the Times and Travel Channel are bringing to television.

In each 1-hour episode, Martino and Kish arrive in a new city. They’ll have 36 hours to “explore the most delicious foods and hot spots, meet fascinating local insiders, and experience the best attractions unique to each destination.”

New-York-Times-LogoEpisodes will coincide with new or updated Times “36 Hours” newspaper columns, in the Sunday Travel section. Companion editorial and video content will appear on and Travel Channel digital properties.

Martino is only 34 years old. We know he’ll be kickin’ it for many years to come.

3 responses to “Kyle Martino’s Latest Kick

  1. Marcia Wright

    I didn’t have Kyle as a student, but I did have his sister Mia in 5th grade. She was bright, spirited, and just made my teaching day fun. So, I am not surprised to hear that her *big brother* is doing so well. It’s in the genes.

  2. Kyle, congrats!

    PS–You just landed Debbie’s dream job.

  3. Gerry kuroghlian

    I did have Kyle as a student and was delighted that he attended my alma mater, U.VA. I admired his athletic ability but wanted him to pursue academic interests as he could not play soccer forevever. This latest “kick” brings me great joy as he is using great mastery of language as a career. Megapoints Kyle!