- Tommy Smyth
Tommy Michael Smyth (pronounced Smith) (born in
Knockbridge, County Louth, Republic of Irelandin 1933) is one of the most recognized soccer commentators in the USA . He is a color commentatorfor ESPN, which he joined in February 1993 as a footballanalyst. He provides co-commentary or in-studio analysis for most major soccer events. He also commentates on Gaelic games, horse racing, and harness racingfor ESPN.
Smyth moved to the United States in 1963 following a brief football career with a local Scottish team. In America, he played with the Shamrock Club in the German American Soccer League.
Smyth was the voice of the
MetroStarsof Major League Soccerfrom the team's inception in 1996 to the early 2000s, when his ESPN contract prohibited him from working for the MSG Network.
Smyth's trademark is analysis adding color commentary to
Derek Rae. Smyth is known for signing off when commentating as "Tommy Smyth... with a "Y" and for his description of a ball flying into the net when a goal is scored as "a bulge in the auld onion bag."
He currently commentates regularly for
ESPN Internationalcovering matches weekly for La Liga, Serie A, International matches and the FA Cupand is one of the regular panelist on ESPNSoccernet PressPasswhich is hosted by Derek Rae. He also commentates matches from the UEFA Champions Leaguewhich coverage is taken up by ESPN stations around the world including ESPN2in the United States. In 2007 he joined ESPN's MLS broadcast team and has also done a few World Cups for ESPN, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he partnered with Adrian Healey. He commentates on the UEFAHighlight show on Thursdays and Fridays. Mr. Smyth will occasionally be a phone-in guest pundit mostly during the UEFA Champions Leaguecampaigns on the CSRNradio programme, The 2 G's, sharing his opinion regarding the upcoming matches.
During ESPN's coverage of Euro 2008, Smyth was relegated from game commentary to post-game analysis thanks to the arrival of commentator Andy Gray. The rationale for this demotion seems to be that Gray, having played the game at its highest level, has a firmer grasp on the nuances of a football match than Smyth does, who was never a professional player.
Tommy M. Smyth was the 2008 Grand Marshal of the 247th St. Patrick's Day Parade in
New York City. He is also the co-host for WNBC coverage of the New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade from 1998-Present.
His affections for the Gotham area were apparent on a June 12 episode of
ESPN First Take, where Smyth stated that he was a New York Knicks fan.
* [http://www.ainewoods.com Listen online a song about Tommy Smyth by Irish Country Artist Aine Woods.]
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