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Pitch Perfect: ESPN Kicks Off Its 25th MLS Season Sunday With Doubleheader

VP Amy Rosenfeld, ESPN's soccer production guru, reviews historical highlights including "Becks," "Goal Post Cam," Champion+Twellman

Vice President Amy Rosenfeld, who oversees production for ESPN’s entire soccer portfolio, has had an association with Major League Soccer since the league debuted 25 years ago in 1996.

Amy Rosenfeld
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During MLS’s inaugural year, Rosenfeld worked on regional telecasts of New England Revolution games for the New England Sports Network (NESN). Soon thereafter she joined ESPN and began producing national telecasts. For the past 10 years, Rosenfeld has helmed ESPN’s live match and on-site presentation of MLS, the preeminent professional soccer league in the U.S.

Sunday, ESPN prepares to kick off its 25th MLS season – longer than any other national media rights-holder – with a Sunday doubleheader of the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders versus Chicago Fire (3 p.m. ET), followed by Los Angeles FC versus Inter Miami CF (5:30 p.m.).

In the video above, Rosenfeld discusses seminal moments in ESPN’s history of covering the league – including David Beckham’s star-studded debut with the LA Galaxy in 2007 and the introduction of the groundbreaking “Goal Post Cam” innovation in 2014. Rosenfeld also highlights why she is excited to watch ESPN’s lead commentator team of Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman during their second season together in 2020.

Shelby L. Lacy and Bill Hofheimer produced the video

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