ESPN adds Landon Donovan to 2014 FIFA World Cup roster
Landon Donovan will be serving as an analyst for ESPN for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The television network announced on Wednesday that Donovan will serve as an analyst for the three U.S. group stage matches as well as several other games throughout the tournament. Donovan will contribute from ESPN's studios in Los Angeles and take part in pre-, halftime, and postgame coverage, editions of Sportscenter. World Cup tonight and other shows.
Donovan begins his stint as an analyst on Wednesday by appearing on ESPN's FIFA World Cup preview show at 12 p.m. PT.
"I am excited to be joining ESPN’s coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Los Angeles," Donovan said in an ESPN statement. "And I look forward to working with the talented ESPN broadcasters to provide unique insights for our amazing US Soccer fans.”
With Donovan working at the ESPN Studios in Los Angeles, he will continue to train with the Galaxy ahead of their U.S. Open Cup fourth round match against Arizona United SC next week.
“Adding Landon to our ESPN roster just before the World Cup is a coup because he knows the United States team better than anyone having played such a huge role in its success, especially at this event,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer in a statement. “Landon is also one of this country’s biggest sports stars and we believe that he will help attract even more fans to our month-long coverage.”