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ESPN's World Cup coverage has an English accent

Updated: June 9, 2010, 8:33 AM ET
Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa -- Standing on the sideline -- er, touchline -- at U.S. soccer practice, Martin Tyler looked on. After more than three decades of broadcasting in England, he was getting ready for his American debut on ESPN.

Enough of the vague soccer commentary by much-maligned Dave O'Brien. For this World Cup, ESPN and ABC brought in the best English-language soccer announcer in the business.

"We have the NFL, we have the NBA, we have the Stanley Cup, all your major sports ...

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