Si! OneSoccer Set To Trial Spanish Commentary
For the first time ever, OneSoccer will be offering commentary in three languages for the upcoming men’s Canadian national team matches, with Spanish being added to the mix alongside English and French.
The news came via a MEDIAPRO Canada announcement touting its coverage of three upcoming national team games for Canada, with a BC-based friendly against Panama kicking things off on June 5.
The men’s team will then enter competitive action four days later, hosting Curacao in a Concacaf Nations League opener before wrapping up the international window with an away trip to Honduras on June 13.
The Spanish commentary will be provided by Juan Carlos Ramirez-Gaston, Thomas Nef, and Sofi Pisano, who have already been providing on-site Spanish commentary for York United matches this season. Matt Cullen will call the matches for French audiences, while English listeners will be tuning in to Gareth Wheeler with a rotation of colour commentary between Jim Brennan and Iain Hume.
OneSoccer has confirmed that it will be providing pre-game, half-time, and post-game coverage for all three matches, with hosting duties coming for the two Nations League bouts seeing Andi Petrillo resume hosting duties alongside Kristian Jack, whilst Oliver Platt will be on-site at BC Place.
The preceding friendly will see James Sharman pick up hosting duties, where he’ll be joined by Oliver Platt and Iain Hume in the production company’s Mississauga-based studio.
OneSoccer has added plenty of fresh faces to its digital and broadcast sides of late, but has remained entirely quiet on what, if anything, has happened to Kurt Larson following a scandal that prompted a serious, condemning statement from them 194 days ago.
The upcoming friendly against Panama represents a quick pivot after Canada Soccer’s original plans for a friendly against Iran was cancelled following a public and highly politicized uproar. With BC Place set to host Les Rouges, it will mark the long-awaited return of Alphonso Davies to national team duties after he missed the country’s final six World Cup qualifiers after complications from COVID-19.
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The Curacao match will be the first taste of League A Group C Stage action for Canada, with their Nations League campaign set to determine if the team will qualify for the 2023 Gold Cup of which Qatar remains a bizarre guest entrant.
After two matches out on the west coast, the Canadian national team will then wrap up the international window with a second League A Group Stage match against Honduras, rounding out the opening week of action for the three-team group.
Interested fans can tune into the men’s national team matches through OneSoccer, Telus Optik TV (Channel 90 in the More Sports pack), and fuboTV Canada. International viewers from the United States, Caribbean, and Mexico can also tune into the friendly match through Fox Sports, Flow Sports, and Hi! Sports TV respectively.