The first two weeks of the 2014 FIFA World Cup already has produced many highlight-reel goals.
ESPN’s lead play-by-play announcer Ian Darke has called some of the more crucial scores of the tournament, including all those involving the U.S. Men’s National Team, which returns to play today against Belgium in Salvador in the Round of 16 (3 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN3 and WatchESPN).
Widely praised by American fans for his “Go, Go, USA!” call four years ago in South Africa, Darke continues to receive plaudits from colleagues and fans alike for his distinctive, passionate and quality calls from Brazil. Relive Darke’s group stage U.S. match goal calls in the video compilation above and the social media reaction below.
Highlights video produced by Josh Lander
— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 23, 2014
— David Barron (@dfbarron) June 16, 2014
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) June 17, 2014
— Mack Williams (@IAmMackWilliams) June 26, 2014
— Storme Wood (@storme) June 26, 2014
"Tim Howard, safety personified there…" @IanDarke could make taking out the trash sound sophisticated
— Jason Arkley (@JasonAmessenger) June 26, 2014
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) June 26, 2014
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) June 17, 2014