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Thursday Night MLS is back.
A few weeks ago, I was watching an MLS game–I believe it was Houston vs. Los Angeles–and I suddenly noticed the commentary. I’m more a data hound during games, looking at the ticker for stats or listening to the broadcast merely for facts I’ve missed.
Then a simple late tackle was made and I found myself listening to Kyle Martino describe how and why it happened. Thrifty and on-point. Pithy.
I was hooked. I listened to Martino the rest of the game and emailed our ESPN contact to set up a time to chat with Martino basically just because I wanted to. No angle.
Most reading TSG probably know Kyle Martino as member of the Los Angeles Galaxy in more of a bit role. Before injuries took their toll on Martino–who would have formed a great non-magic spray partnership with John O’Brien–the UVA alum was once a high school player of the year and MLS rookie of the year. The latter in 2002.
Now, as injures wrapped up a career before it should have ended, Martino does his soccer work from the booth, much to my current delight. While he’s on the box for MLS, shortly you’ll be able to delight in Martino calling World Cup games on ESPN Radio.
Now, to Kyle.
TSG: Okay, Kyle, thanks for joining us. Where are you headed today?
Kyle Martino: I’m heading to do the Real Salt Lake-Philly Union game in Salt Lake.
(Note: This interview was recorded May 6th.)
TSG: I typically don’t recognize announcers unless they are good or bad. If they’re average, then I don’t really hear them.
I was listening the other day to one of your games and you made some excellent points. Then I listened intently to you the rest of the game.
Your commentary is simple and effective.
That’s the lead-in; here’s the question.
Do you have a certain style? How do you think about planning and delivering each game?
KM: I think for me. I think the reason the feedback has been so positive is that my style is I approach games like I would like to listen to them.
I remember being always being so turned off by announcers that would either talk to much and try to really put way too much of their print on the game or talk too much about themselves.
I remember many times having to stop watching and listening to soccer games because of the commentary.
When I got to the booth, I really wanted to take responsibility and deliver simple thoughts.
Be an easy listen and have my thoughts and comments mesh with the game.
TSG: How do you prepare for each game? Do you watch video, do you draw from your playing experience?
KM: Really, it’s funny. Having to stop playing because of an injury and being young in this industry, I’m commenting on players that I played with and against. I’ll be doing that for the next 10 years.
A lot of my material is because it’s still so fresh because I just played versus some of the players, coaches or team. A lot of it is the knowledge that I’ve built up and already have.
The rest of it is just research. I read a lot and go to a number of Web sites during the day and find out what’s going on.
Lastly, I still have about two or three good buddies per team. I’m getting ready to go into Salt Lake and I’m going to hang out with Kyle Beckerman and Chris Wingert and get the skinny on what’s really going on in the locker-room and what’s going on on the field.
TSG: Do those friendships prohibit you from praising or criticizing players? Do you feel like, “Hey, I can’t praise him too much because he’s my buddy?”
KM: That’s a really good question. No, I try to be as objective as possible regardless if it is a good friend or someone I couldn’t stand playing against.
I give praise when praise is deserved and criticism when that is deserved. I’m not the type of guy that is going to talk about my favorite player and say positive things if he’s knocking the ball off his shin out of bounds all game. I’m not going to hold back.
For me, one of the reasons I love doing it so much is that it’s the perfect distance from the game since I can’t play anymore.
If I have a PHD or an MDA or any sort of credential in anything, it’s in soccer.
I like being able to have the responsibility of documenting what’s going on in the game.
We’ll give ESPN a little love this morning since they quoted us this week and we’ve got an interview coming up with stellar MLS announcer, and former USMNTer, Kyle Martino. (If you have questions submit them below)
On an unrelated note, Miss Shin Guardian was going to throw away my prized vuvuzela yesterday. Then, according to her, “she quickly learned how important it was to me” when I decided to talk to her only through the vuvuzela all last evening.
(Miss Shin Guardian, “What’s your login for your TSG thing?”
Matthew, TSG: “Nice try.”)
It’s really just Soccernet in my book that’s not doing coverage justice.
ESPN scores, in our opinion, with a superb human interest commercial for the World Cup.
We actually have been chatting back and forth with their video makers and asked the question, “Can’t you guys use something other than U2 audio in these things?”
The answer: “Regarding U2, the U2 World Cup relationship is an extension from the successful World Cup 2006 campaign and broader details may be discussed in the future.”
Looks like Bono will be around for awhile.
We’ll also try to get our hands on a certain Landon Donovan copier machine Sportscenter commercial that was pre-aired before it was suppose to be.
Next week will be an epic two games in the Champions League. All 4 teams ooze class and style. Barcelona have it all to do at the Nou Camp and Lyon will feel comfortable at home knowing they have their fans behind them as well as not having to deal with Ribery. They still need to figure out how to stop Robben.
TWEET TWEET TWEET – What an exciting game. Both teams finish with 10 men and Robben, the obvious man of the match scores a goal to send Bayern off to Lyon in a weeks time with a slim 1 goal lead.
92:00 - Lahm is everywhere on the right side of the pitch as he sends in another great cross that causes panic in the Lyon 6 yard box. Its cleared but he immediately wins it back.
3 minutes of extra time
89:00 - In an effort to remind everyone that they can play too, Lyon string a nice attack and Bastos sends a daisy cutter inches wide of the left post of Butt. Really have no idea why Van Gaal would take Robben off. He was far and above the best player on the pitch and an extra goal would have been huge. Will he pay for his defensive attitude?
85:00 – As the commentators and I were simultaneously wondering if Robben is better now than in his Chelsea days, he gets the ball and leads a breakaway as he passes to Gomez who sends a poor ball back. Robben still controls it well and sends a stinging drive which is well saved by Lloris. Strangely this is the last action of the game for him as he is substituted for Turkish midfielder Altintop. Robben is obviously not pleased and lets Van Gaal know who in turn admonishes the dutch winger in front of everyone. That was poor from the Dutch manager.
82:00 - Lahm and Robben combine effortlessly as Lahm sends in a shot that caroms of the head of a Lyon defender and up in the air. The ball can still be won but “2 right feet Muller” sends a harmless header out for a goal kick.