Look who’s talking American soccer

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Arlo White will serve as the play-by-play voice for the NBC Sports Network’s coverage of Major League Soccer starting in March, 2012, the network announced this week.

Yes, White is a Brit.

The England native spent the last two years as the play-by-play voice for the Seattle Sounders FC of MLS on television and radio, so he knows the league as well (as opposed to ESPN’s Ian Darke, who has only done a handful of MLS games).

White spent nine years with BBC Radio Sport in England where he was part of the BBC Radio 5-Live announcing team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. White also served as a host on BBC Radio 5 Live and hosted the station’s flagship Premier League Football show, Saturday 5 Live Sport.

Meanwhile, ESPN has replaced MLS game analyst John Harkes with Taylor Twellman.

Harkes, a former U.S. national team captain, worked his final game when he did the Galaxy’s MLS Cup win over Houston.

Twellman had six goals in 30 appearances for the U.S. from 2002-08 but never was picked for a World Cup roster. He retired as a player last year following a concussion.

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