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.
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.”
Episodes will coincide with new or updated Times “36 Hours” newspaper columns, in the Sunday Travel section. Companion editorial and video content will appear on NYTimes.com and Travel Channel digital properties.
Martino is only 34 years old. We know he’ll be kickin’ it for many years to come.