Leading up to ESPN’s presentation of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, Ian Darke crisscrossed America providing play-by-play commentary for four U.S. Men’s National Team matches.
Darke’s assignments took him to Cleveland, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Sandy, Utah — seeing more of the United States of America than he had ever done before.
In the process, the ESPN lead play-by-play soccer commentator took time off from preparing for matches to take in some tourists spots. In Cleveland, he visited The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In Washington, D.C., he toured some of the monuments and took pictures outside the White House.
In the Front & Center podcast above, Darke recaps some of the highlights from his trips across the United States; discusses his unique ability to work seamlessly with different analysts such as Steve McManaman (Premier League), Taylor Twellman (U.S. Men’s National Team), Julie Foudy (2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup), and Stewart Robson (Confederations Cup); his admiration for the US Soccer fans such as The American Outlaws, an unofficial supporters’ group for the U.S. Men’s National Team; and more.
Darke, joined by Robson, will call the first semifinal of the FIFA Confederations Cup — Brazil vs. Uruguay — today at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN, as well as the final on Sunday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN and WatchESPN.