NBC using ESPN’s Foudy, Rae, Hildreth for Olympics


STAMFORD, Conn. — NBC is using some of ESPN’s soccer broadcasters to supplement its Olympic coverage of the sport headed by Arlo White.

Julie Foudy, Derek Rae and Jenn Hildreth will be part of NBC’s soccer coverage from July 21 to Aug. 7, the network said Wednesday.

Foudy, a two-time World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, will be paired with White at U.S. women’s games against Sweden in Tokyo on July 21, New Zealand in Saitama three days later and Australia in Kashima on July 27. They also will work the women’s gold medal match in Tokyo on Aug. 6.

White also will handle play-by-play for the men’s gold medal game in Yokohama on Aug. 7.

Marisa Pilla, a sideline reporter for Fox’s Major League Soccer coverage and CBS’s National Women’s Soccer League coverage, will work as a sideline reporter for U.S. women’s games and the gold medal match.

Rae, ESPN’s lead announcer on Bundesliga coverage, will broadcast men’s and women’s games from NBC’s studios in Stamford, Connecticut, along with Lisa Byington, Mark Followill and Hildreth. Byington worked 2019 Women’s World Cup games for Fox, and Followill worked the 2016 Olympics for NBC and the 2018 World Cup for Fox. Hildreth broadcasts women’s sports, including soccer, for ESPN and also NWSL games for CBS.

Other commentators include Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and Tim Howard, NBC’s regular Premier League team, who will be based in Stamford along with Angela Hucles, Lori Lindsey and Danielle Slaton.

Rebecca Lowe, NBC’s Premier League host, anchors NBC’s daytime Olympic coverage.

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