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BBC’s Alan Green named as lead TV play-by-play commentator for Atlanta United

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The Five Stripes bring in a veteran name from overseas to helm their TV coverage.

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Atlanta United announced its local television team, which includes a longtime radio announcer from the United Kingdom and a former MLS Cup champion.

Play by play duties will be handled by Alan Green and Kevin Egan. Green is a longtime play-by-play commentator for the BBC who has served as the network’s lead radio announcer for over a quarter-century, while Egan is a commentator/presenter with beIN Sports and a former commentator with the Chicago Fire. Egan will call the first five matches on Fox Sports South/Southeast (starting with April 8’s match against Toronto FC) due to Green’s prior engagements including calling the UEFA Champions League final for BBC Radio; after that, Green will make his club debut on June 17 when Atlanta United host Columbus Crew SC at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Joining Green and Egan in the booth as the team’s analyst is Dan Gargan, a former MLS vet who has played for the Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Toronto FC, Chicago Fire, the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy. After being released by the Galaxy last year, he joined the team as a match analyst on Time Warner Cable SportsNet (now Spectrum SportsNet).

The trio will be rounded out by Brittany Arnold. Arnold is the team’s in-game host and will serve as the sideline reporter during FSS/SE matches.

While Green might not be known to United States viewers due to his overseas work, his long-ranging radio work with the U.K.’s top public broadcaster was an obvious draw for Atlanta United. We’ll see how his Premier League and international soccer experience translates not only to television, but to MLS.