John Harkes returns to D.C. United as TV analyst for Comcast SportsNet

Former D.C. United captain John Harkes is returning to D.C. United's TV booth. Harkes joins play-by-play announcer Dave Johnson as the cheif analyst covering United games for Comcast SportsNet. Photo: The Washington Times

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2012 - Former D.C. United captain John Harkes is returning to D.C. United’s TV booth. Harkes joins play-by-play announcer Dave Johnson as the cheif analyst covering United games for Comcast SportsNet. 

Harkes, a former captain of the U.S. team and World Cup star, previously called United games in 2005 and 2006. He later worked with ESPN, calling MLS and U.S. team games from 2006 to 2011, including World Cup matches in 2006 and 2010. 

Johnson, an awarding winning reporter at WTOP, enters his 17th year as the television voice of D.C. United.  

Comcast SportsNet will air 15 regular-season games in 2012, beginning with the season-opener against Sporting Kansas City on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. 

“We’re excited to continue working with our long-time partners at Comcast SportsNet,” said United president and CEO Kevin Payne. “They continue to place tremendous effort and resources to bring United games and news coverage into the homes of our supporters. 

United also announced that the club’s match at Toronto FC on May 5 will kick-off at 4:00 p.m., the result of television considerations for the host club. 

In other news, NBC Sports announced that Kyle Martino will be the lead analyst for the NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Major League Soccer. The former Los Angeles Galaxy player will work with play-by-play announcer Arlo White. NBC agreed to a three-year deal in August to take over Fox’s MLS package.

Go here for D.C. United’s complete television schedule.   

 


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