There was a time, not too long ago, when soccer announcers in this country were straight-up embarrassing. When Backpost was just a youth-size Pugg goal, we remember announcers constantly comparing the game to “American” sports; we specifically recall one guy remarking to his color-analyst, after noting a 2-1 scoreline in a game: “So that’s like 14-7 in football.”
Uh … yeah. Except, no.
Thankfully those days are behind us. We are currently blessed with enough competent announcers that we can actually evaluate them, and we’ll be doing that semi-regularly here at BP World HQ . First up: Brian Dunseth.
With an eight-year career in MLS and stints with both the U.S. U-20 and U-23 national teams (he was on the 2000 Olympic team), Dunseth brings a pretty seasoned perspective to the announcer’s booth. He’s also articulate, and adept at ferreting out and expressing subtleties as they happen in a given game.
He does have kind of an odd voice, though—‘wooly’ is the word that comes to mind. Seriously, he might be able get work on Sesame Street. Once you get past that, though—and you will (unless you’re our buddy Marc, who just can’t, for some reason)—you’ll realize that he’s one of the best color-analysts on the domestic scene.
He’s also a co-founder of the killer soccer-fashion line, Bumpy Pitch.