Major League Soccer

English announcer Champion to become lead MLS voice for ESPN

Jon Champion is making a Brexit of his own, leaving England to become ESPN's lead announcer for Major League Soccer.

The 53-year-old has been broadcasting British matches since 1988 and is heard around the world calling games for Premier League Productions. He has been working part-time for ESPN during international fixture breaks and starts an exclusive contract with the network on Feb. 1. He plans to move to the Boston area, within commuting distance from ESPN's campus in Bristol, Connecticut.

"I've still got a lot of good years ahead of me, and I think I'm still young enough to adjust to a new challenge," he said in a telephone interview. "I just fancy a little bit more of something that's growing. The Premier League has now reached a point where it is a fully matured competition, and I've been part of that journey seeing it at close quarters. And it will be nice to go into an environment again where the product is on the way up and it's growing and it's maturing. And if I can play a little part in telling the story of MLS as it grows, then I think that will be quite good fun."

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