NBC Sports Group Nets Martino as Lead MLS Analyst


NBC Sports Group, with 41 matches on tap this season, has hired Kyle Martino as its Major League Soccer analyst.
Kicking off the most expansive slate of any of MLS's national telecast partners on March 11 at 3 p.m. (ET) with FC Dallas hosting the New York Red Bulls on NBC Sports Network, the programmer's telecasts will feature Martino teaming with Arlo White, the former voice of the circuit's Seattle Sounders, who will serve as play-by-play man, Robbie Earle, an analyst for the MLS Portland Timbers will serve as a pre-game, halftime, post-game and game analyst throughout the 2012 campaign.
Taking a page from NBC Sports Group's hockey coverage, which employs an "Inside the Glass" analyst, Martino will work "Between the Benches" during the games, with White in the broadcast booth. From his on-pitch station, Martino will provide the fans with unique field level insight in addition to game analysis.
A midfielder for the Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy and a member of the U.S. national team during his playing days, Martin was most recently the lead analyst for Fox Soccer's MLS and national team telecasts. He also served as the network's color commentator.
Earle, a former member of the Jamaican national team, played 19 years professionally in England, including 10 years with Wimbledon. He is currently the lead analyst for the Timbers, which are allowing him to work with NBC Sports Group.