Foudy to Kick Around ESPN Through ‘09


Julie Foudy, former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, extended her contract with ESPN through 2009.

Under the new deal, terms of which were not disclosed, Foudy -- who joined the network full-time last year as an analyst for the U.S. Women's side and a 2006 FIFA World Cup studio analyst -- will work as a game analyst for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup from China. She will also have a role with ESPN’s and ABC's coverage of the men's domestic league, Major League Soccer.

And in an expansion of her current role, she will provide personality-driven features for ESPN studio programs -- SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown among them -- and serve as a spokeswoman for select company initiatives.

In her first story, “Coffee with Matt Hasselbeck,” Foudy took a brief tour of the favorite java joints of the Seattle Seahawks quarterback, who discussed the rigors of rehab and his emotions for his return after missing four contests due to injury. The segment aired Nov. 27 as part of Monday Night Countdown, a lead-in to that night’s Monday Night Football game between the Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.

Foudy made her ESPN debut while she was still patrolling the midfield for the U.S. Women's Team as a studio analyst for ESPN’s and ESPN2’s coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup from France.