Atlanta United today announced the broadcast team for the club’s inaugural 2017 season on FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast. The team will be made up of play-by-play announcers Alan Green and Kevin Egan, color analyst Dan Gargan and studio host and sideline reporter Brittany Arnold.
In-match play-by-play duties will be shared this season between BBC Radio Sport’s lead play-by-play commentator Alan Green and beIN Sports commentator and studio host Kevin Egan. Egan will call Atlanta United’s first five matches televised on FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast beginning with the April 8 match at Toronto F.C., and Green will call the remaining 14 matches of the season.
Former LA Galaxy analyst and 11-year MLS veteran Dan Gargan has been tapped as Atlanta United’s color analyst and beIN Sports on-air host Brittany Arnold will serve as the club’s first broadcast host and sideline reporter.
“We’re thrilled to have such a distinguished and dynamic group of talent for our broadcasts,” said Atlanta United president Darren Eales. “With Alan’s vast experience calling major international tournaments and Kevin’s strong MLS and hosting background, they will lend a unique and qualified point of view to our play-by-play commentary. We are also very excited to welcome Dan to the team providing the perspective of a former MLS player turned analyst, as well as Brittany who brings fantastic energy and presence to the field.”
“The Atlanta United broadcast team has a wealth of knowledge and deep understanding of the game that will undoubtedly connect with the club’s passionate supporters,” said Jeff Genthner, senior vice president and general manager, FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast. “We’re extremely proud of our new partnership with Atlanta United and looking forward to our first telecast on Saturday, April 8.”
Beginning Tuesday, April 4, FOX Sports Southeast and FOX Sports GO will debut the weekly series, Atlanta United: Match Week. Hosted by Arnold, the show will provide unprecedented access to Atlanta United, including comprehensive previews of each week’s upcoming match and exclusive interviews with players and coaches.
The networks’ regular season coverage of 19 games will begin with Atlanta United at Toronto FC on Saturday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports South and FOX Sports GO. Each telecast will include Atlanta United LIVE!, a 30-minute show before and after every game.
Alan Green – Play-by-Play Announcer
A seasoned international commentator on both radio and TV, Green has been part of the BBC broadcast team for the majority of his career. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland he joined BBC Radio Sport as a regular national play-by-play soccer commentator in 1982.
Green has served as BBC Radio Sport’s lead soccer commentator since 1990 covering more than 115 major finals including seven World Cups, eight European championships as well as numerous Champions League Finals. In addition, Green hosts the BBC World Service program ‘World Football’ and has provided television commentary for ‘BBC Match of the Day’ airing weekends on BBC One.
Following his call of the Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales, Green will join Atlanta United for the club’s June 17 match at home vs. Columbus Crew, and will call the remainder of the club’s regionally televised matches. He will continue his work with BBC Sport, returning to England in late fall.
Kevin Egan – Play-by-Play Announcer
Egan has worked as a TV commentator and studio host for beIN Sports broadcasting nationally on weeknight programming. While at beIN, he has commentated on various international leagues including La Liga and Serie A, as well as U.S. World Cup Qualifiers. Last season, Egan reported live from the sideline of Camp Nou for Barcelona vs Real Madrid, and has interviewed high profile personalities across the game.
Prior to joining beIN Sports, Egan was a commentator and host for the Chicago Fire for three MLS seasons. He is originally from Dublin, Ireland where he worked as a broadcaster for RTE, before moving to Chicago in 2009.
Egan will call the first five regionally broadcast matches for Atlanta United, beginning with the club’s April 8 match at Toronto F.C.
Dan Gargan – Analyst
A former professional player, Gargan was a member of the LA Galaxy broadcast team last season. He joins Atlanta United as the club’s first color analyst for the in-match broadcast airing on FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast.
Gargan spent 12 years as a professional soccer player, including 11 years in MLS. A native of Philadelphia, Penn., Gargan was drafted by the Colorado Rapids with the No. 43 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft. He spent his first three professional seasons with the Rapids, accumulating 49 league appearances. He returned to MLS in 2010 with Toronto FC after a year with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL First Division. While with TFC, Gargan made 43 MLS regular season appearances, scoring one goal and notching four assists. He finished his career with LA Galaxy, retiring after the 2015 season. Overall in MLS, he appeared in 185 games, made 149 starts and won an MLS Cup in 2014.
Brittany Arnold – Studio Host & Sideline Reporter
Arnold has served as an on-air host for beIN Sports on the Express pre-match show, the Xtra post-match wrap up show, and beIN Sports News, providing daily breaking news updates.
During her time at beIN, Arnold covered prestigious international soccer action including the English Premier League and Liga BBVA. A graduate of Loyola University in Chicago with a degree in Journalism, Brittany is bilingual and will cover English and Spanish-language sideline reporting for the club.