Adrian Healey is in the midst of his fifth season as ESPN’s lead play-by-play voice for Major League Soccer telecasts.
He returns to the booth, alongside analyst Taylor Twellman, Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN for the Columbus Crew versus Montreal Impact match – the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. A veteran commentator for marquee soccer events on ESPN since 2008, Healey reflects on his tenure commentating on MLS games with Front Row.
What is your favorite MLS stadium to call a match?
With ideal proximity to the field, a super playing surface, and an amazing and perfectly-sized stadium – it is Red Bull Arena. It would be a gem anywhere in the world.
Who is the best MLS interview and why?
[LA Galaxy coach] Bruce Arena is someone we all enjoy talking to off camera – dry, sarcastic, but with a twinkle in his eye. He just gets it. Among players, Dax McCarty with New York Red Bulls is always refreshingly honest.
What is the most challenging MLS match you’ve called?
The San Jose Earthquakes’ 4-3 victory over Los Angeles Galaxy in July 2012 in Stanford. I had flown the day before from commentating on the Euro 2012 semifinal match, Germany versus Italy, in Warsaw, Poland. From an impossibly high vantage point in an unusual stadium and running on jet-lagged empty, I was handed a commentators gift – a match that almost did itself.
What are you most looking forward to Sunday with the Columbus Crew versus Montreal Impact Eastern Conference semifinal match?
This is my first postseason visit to Columbus and my first time calling a Montreal Impact match. These are two exciting teams who play an attacking brand of soccer, and with two dynamic strikers in Didier Drogba (Impact) and Kei Kamara (Crew). Sparks are going to fly.