Since color analyst Sasha Victorine quit traveling to spend more time with his family, announcer Callum Williams has had to deal with rotating partners. First it was Brian Kilmeade from Fox news for the Red Bulls game. He is in New York, very comfortable on television and a big sports fan so he was a logical fill in for Sasha. Kilmeade is not a soccer guy though. He did well with all things considered but still not the perfect match.
Last week against Los Angeles, former EPL player and current Fox Soccer analyst Warren Barton joined Callum on the broadcast. Barton is obviously comfortable doing television and very soccer knowledgeable. The biggest complaints with Barton is his unfamiliarity with Kansas City. No matter where the team plays, Sporting Kansas City should never be referred to as Kansas. Kansas City, KC, Sporting, heck slip and call them Wizards or even Wiz and most fans would not mind. Thankfully he did not do that as often as he did last year when Kansas CITY beat Manchester United.
This week in Seattle, Cliff McCrath will be Callum's partner. I can't complain about him in advance other than to note he has long been involved with Seattle and might have a built in bias towards the Sounders. As long as it is not too over the top I will not mind if he favors Seattle a bit. Hopefully he understands that Kansas City is Kansas City and has a reasonable understanding of how to pronounce the players names. I wish him well.
I do not know if they have anyone lined up for the Colorado game on May 28 but I do have a thought for the next game. Since the trend so far has been to pick up someone reasonably local to the game to partner with SKC announcer Callum Williams, I would like to make a suggestion for the Toronto game on June 4.
I do not know if he would be willing or available, but former Kansas City player Kevin Souter coaches at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto. Kevin was one of the two open tryout players (Nelson Pizzaro was the other) to make the team in 2008. He played well when not injured but ran into the international player limit in 2010 when he was waived. During a period in 2009 when he was injured he joined the broadcast as a color analyst and did rather well. While not extremely comfortable as a broadcaster (he did get better each time), Kevin did exhibit an honest opinion on the team and obviously understood the players well.
Give Kevin a call. He would at least be familiar with the team and some of the players still.
What do you think, get Souter? Other ideas for guest commentators? Should I volunteer?
Kevin Souter subbed into the game against the Galaxy and immediately stole the ball from his hero David Beckham. Here Souter is trying to get the jersey off of Beckham after game