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Kyle Martino ’99 Joins NBC’s EPL Broadcast Crew

Kyle Martino ’99 will play a key role when NBC Sports begins televising all Premier League matches.

Kyle Martino

Kyle Martino

The former US national team midfielder (and Gatorade National Player of the Year for Staples) will be part of the pre- and post-match shows, broadcast from NBC’s state-of-the-art broadcast center in Stamford.

In the 1st 3 weeks — beginning Saturday, August 17 (7 a.m., Liverpool-Stoke City) –NBC Sports Group will televise 17 Premier League matches. All Premier League games will be livestreamed on NBC Sports Live Extra. An interactive game finder at www.NBCSports.com will enable fans to find those games on TV, online and on mobile devices.

Two other local connections: Mike Carey ’01 will work on the production end of the show, while lead analyst Arlo White is a Westport resident.

Kyle Martino ’99 Defends Soccer On NBC Sports

In a clever — but well-done — promotion for NBC Sports’ MLS coverage, color analyst Kyle Martino ’99 went on “The Crossover” show to debate hosts Michelle Beadle and Dave Briggs.

The duo offered the usual complaints — soccer is too low-scoring, too boring, blah blah blah — to ever be popular here. Kyle had comebacks for everything (including film clips — hmmmm).

The former Gatorade National High School Player of the Year has made a name for himself as a quick-witted, clever and very perceptive sportscaster. Click here to see some of his talents.

Kyle Martino makes another good point.

Kyle Martino makes another good point.

Kyle Martino ’99 Signs With NBC Sports

Kyle Martino ’99 is moving to a new team.

The former National High School Player of the Year, MLS Rookie of the Year and US national team member has been named lead analyst for the NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Major League Soccer

Kyle debuts this Sunday (March 11, 3 p.m.), as FC Dallas hosts the New York Red Bulls.

Kyle will be stationed “between the benches” during the games. He will provide fans with special field level insight, in addition to game analysis.

Kyle Martino

Kyle, who attended the University of Virginia and spent 7 seasons with the Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy, was most recently the lead analyst for Fox Soccer’s broadcasts of MLS and US National Team games. Before that, he served as an MLS analyst on ESPN2.

“When we first obtained the MLS rights last year, we identified Kyle as an analyst we’d like to be a part of our broadcasts,” said multi-Emmy Award-winning Pierre Moossa, who will serve as coordinating producer and director. “Teaming him with Arlo White gives us two premier soccer announcers that fans will thoroughly enjoy.”

Kyle played 8 games with the U.S. National Team and scored a goal against Panama in a key World Cup qualifying win in October 2005. More importantly, he remains a stalwart Staples soccer supporter.

Kyle Martino ’99 Gives Shout-Out To Staples At MLS SuperDraft

During today’s MLS SuperDraft, ESPN2 analyst Kyle Martino ’99 talked about a decision current college players never faced, but future stars will: whether to play high school soccer, or for an Academy team.

(Starting this fall, Academy rules prohibit players from also playing for their high schools.)

The former Gatorade National Player of the Year said that he spent his junior year at the IMG Academy in Florida, but returned to play his senior year with the Wreckers.

Kyle talked about how much the experience meant to him, noting: “All the people on The Hill cheering me on — and I loved the camaraderie.”

We look forward to welcoming Kyle — one of the Wreckers’ most loyal fans — back to The Hill this fall.

Kyle Martino ’99 Sets World Record For PKs

Okay, maybe the headline is a little misleading.

Here’s the press release:

On Monday, July 25, the Guinness world record for most consecutive football (soccer) penalty kicks was set at Major League Soccer’s PK Challenge in Herald Square, New York.  The 742 kicks easily surpassed the previous record of 525.

Kyle Martino

Kyle Martino ’99 — former US national team player and current Fox Soccer broadcaster — joined MLS all-stars David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Juan Agudelo and Kyle Beckerman; US women’s national team star Alex Morgan; MLS Commissioner Don Garber, ESPN analyst and former US international Alexi Lalas, and other Manchester United, former World Cup players, New York Red Bulls players, celebrities and local youth soccer players in taking kicks.

Weston soccer enthusiasts were also among the kickers.

No word on how many shooters converted their shots.

Though odds are good that Kyle made his.

Kyle Martino ’99, Mike Noonan ’79 Enter State Soccer Hall Of Fame

Seven icons have been selected for the 13th annual induction ceremony of the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame — and 2 are Staples soccer alumni.

Kyle Martino ’99 and Mike Noonan ’79 join 8 others already inducted with Westport ties at this year’s ceremony:  Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Farmington Marriott.

Kylel Martino

Kyle — the 1998 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year — went on to register 17 goals and 21 assists in 3 years at the University of Virginia.  ACC Rookie of the Year, a 2-time Hermann Trophy finalist and 2001 ACC Player of the Year, he was drafted by the Columbus Crew and in 2002 was MLS Rookie of the Year.

Kyle had a stellar 6-year career with the Crew and LA Galaxy, where he teamed with David Beckham.

He represented the US at the 2001 World Youth Championships in Argentina, and earned 8 caps for the men’s national team.  Kyle scored against Panama in a 2006 World Cup qualifier.

He was an MLS and World Cup broadcaster for ESPN.  Kyle now works for Fox  Soccer Channel, and is a soccer blogger.

Mike Noonan

Mike played on Staples’ 1978 state championship team.  A 4-year starter and 2-time 1st team All-American at Middlebury College, he played professionally in Sweden and with both the Major Indoor Soccer League and American Indoor Soccer Association.

Mike started the men’s soccer program at Wheaton College.  He moved on to the University of New Hampshire, then Brown University.

In 15 years at Brown, Mike compiled a 160-77-31 record.  He led the Bears to 10 NCAA tournament berths, including 2 quarterfinal appearances; 8 Ivy League championships, and the team’s highest national ranking ever (3rd) iin 1995.

Last winter, Mike moved to the ACC, as head coach of Clemson University.  He also is a long-time NSCAA national staff coach.

Of the 102 members inducted since the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame was founded in 1999, 8 have Westport connections:  Staples soccer program founder Albie Loeffler; longtime Westport coach and former college star Jim Kuhlmann; current Staples head coach Dan Woog; professional players Tim Hunter ’71 and Paul Hunter ’73; former Duke University NCAA national champion and current sports marketer Mark Noonan ’83,  and Mickey Kydes, coaching director of the Westport Soccer Association.

Three others also have Westport connections, though weaker:  Ray Reid, Pedro de Brito and Elvis Comrie all played with the famed Bridge Grille U-23 team of the late 1970s and early ’80s.

Of the 7 inductees in Kyle and Mike’s 2011 class this year, 3 others have Westport ties.  Steve Waters is head coach of the Farmington High School team that defeated the Wreckers 2-1 in last fall’s state final; Paul Toomey (Coventry High School) was a University of Pennsylvania teammate of Peter Dickstein ’73, and Mark Holowesko was at the Staples-Simsbury state quarterfinal match this year, to watch his son play for the Trojans.

The 2011 ceremony on Jan. 29 begins at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $40; for reservations, call 860-676-1161.

Kyle Martino ’99′s Engagement Announced On People.com

If you can believe People.com, Kyle Martino ’99 is engaged.

The bride-to-be is 25-year-old actress Eva Amurri, daughter of Susan Sarandon and a graduate of Brown University.  The engagement is also noted on Eva’s Wikipedia page.

According to People.com, Eva tweeted that Kyle — the 29-year-old former MLS Rookie of the Year, and current Fox Soccer Channel commentator — is “the most wonderful man on this planet.”

StaplesSoccer.com joins People.com in congratulating Kyle and Eva on this great news.

Kyle Martino '99 and Eva Amurri (Photo credit Kevan Brooks/AdMedia)

Amurri’s rep also confirms the engagement, telling PEOPLE: “They just got engaged and both couldn’t be happier.”

Kyle Martino ’99 Enters Blogosphere

To the resume of Kyle Martino ’99 — professional player, television broadcaster — add one more:  blogger.

Go to KyleMartino.com, and you’ll find sharp analysis of the US soccer world.  He’s already discussed topics like the forced retirement of good players (criticizing his former team, the Columbus Crew, in the process); MLS Cup (he correctly predicted  Colorado to win), and injuries.

In his 1st post, Kyle described his new venture:

My site is a celebration of the day I became a fan again.  Being a player can separate you from the fans, build a wall between you.   I want Kylemartino.com to be the site that brings that wall down.

I want to share the good, the bad and the ugly of this beautiful game with all of the fans.   I want this site to be the place where soccer fans of all types congregate to share their thoughts and opinions, especially those that are different from mine.

Can’t wait to enjoy this game with all of you.

Kyle writes with vision, cleverness and tenacity — the same way he played the game.

Bookmark the site, and return often.  Who knows — maybe one day he’ll tackle his high school career!

Kyle Martino ’99 Gets Own Fox Soccer Show

Kyle Martino ’99 has done it all in soccer.

The Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, MLS Rookie of the Year and former national team member most recently earned rave reviews for his World Cup and MLS commentary on ESPN.

He caught the eye of Fox Sports executives.  They quickly offered him a show of his own.

Kyle Martino trades his ESPN mic for Fox Soccer Channel.

The next step in Kyle’s career begins Monday, August 16 at 7 p.m.  Soccer Talk Live – a new series — debuts on Fox Soccer Channel.

The high-def show is (according to the channel) “a fast-paced, entertaining, hour-long studio show.”  Guests will include world-class athletes, musicians, actors and authors.  All will discuss “their passion for the ‘beautiful game,’ and how soccer impacts their lives.”

The show will run every Monday, from now through May.

Kyle’s 1st guest is Landon Donovan.

Soccer Talk Live viewers will also enjoy an in-depth recap of the week in international soccer.  Fans can follow the show on Twitter @soccertalklive, and “Like” it on Facebook.

Soccer Talk Live is a unique and exciting live forum for us to connect with soccer fans, bringing them high-profile guests and the most interesting and compelling stories from the sport we love so much,” says David Nathanson, general manager of Fox Soccer Channel.

“With his experience as a player and as an on-air personality, Kyle Martino is the perfect host for this dynamic forum, and we are excited to welcome him to the Fox Soccer Channel family.”

Kyle Martino ’99′s ESPN World Cup Radio Schedule

Listen to match analyst Kyle Martino ’99 on ESPN radio:

  • Thurs., June 17:  10 a.m., Greece vs. Nigeria
  • Fri., June 18:  7:30 a.m., Germany vs. Serbia
  • Sat., June 19:  10 a.m., Ghana vs. Australia
  • Sun., June 20:  10 a.m., Italy vs. New Zealand
  • Mon., June 21:  10 a.m., Chile vs. Switzerland
  • Tues., June 22:  10 a.m.,  France vs. South Africa
  • Wed., June 23:  2:30 p.m., Germany vs. Ghana
  • Thurs., June 24:  2:30 p.m., Cameroon vs. Netherlands
  • Fri., June 25:  2:30 p.m., Chile vs. Spain
  • Sat., June 26:  10 a.m., Round of 16 (TBD)