The increase in the availability of soccer games to watch in the United States has been one of the major trends in recent years, and has undoubtedly fueled the growing popularity of the beautiful game here. You can watch games from Mexico, England, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, not to mention continental club tournaments and international matches, quite easily. It is really something.
Along with that increase, there are more broadcasts and supplemental coverage that have popped up. And that's meant there's more of a need for announcers and analysts.
I've noticed in recent months that more and more people once associated with Chivas USA are getting involved in broadcasting. Think about it:
- Alejandro Moreno was the color announcer for the Philadelphia Union last season, and works for ESPN as a color commentator on Mexican soccer and as a studio analyst on "ESPN FC."
- Mariano Trujillo worked for Fox Soccer Channel during the Gold Cup this year as a studio analyst, and works for Fox Deportes on their UEFA Champions League studio coverage.
- Jimmy Conrad has been a color announcer for Portland Timbers broadcasts, but he's essentially created his own unique broadcasting persona, as the best-known member of the "KICK TV" YouTube channel. He hosts his own show and does other spots for the channel.
- Peter Vagenas has done studio analysis work for the LA Galaxy on TWC Sportsnet.