When Fox won the rights to broadcast the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, they embarked on an ambitious plan: Gus Johnson—the broadcaster mostly known for his Gusgasms during March Madness—would be their lead announcer. He started announcing some MLS games, and then Fox threw him directly into the fire and had him call Champions League games. He was, to put it charitably, not very good, and 19 months after Fox and Johnson announced his new role, they called it quits.
Broadcasting TCU’s beatdown of West Virginia tonight, Johnson began to discuss tactics, which reminded him of how much of soccer coverage concerns tactics. To Johnson’s credit, he took the opportunity to issue a nice self-burn.