Sounders FC's new announcer Ross Fletcher talks about English soccer, living in Seattle and his new team in a live chat Wednesday.
Ross Fletcher, the new voice of Sounders FC, talked about living in Seattle, English soccer and the Sounders in a live chat Thursday with readers.
Q: How are you finding Seattle so far?
Fletcher: Yeah, it’s an awesome place. It beats the flat, muddy surrounds I’m used to back in the U.K. And just being near the water is absolutely amazing. You feel like you are really in a buzzy city, but you have so much cool stuff around to just help you chill out and relax.
Q: So do you hate Portland yet?
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Fletcher: Lots of people have been telling me to hate them, but I’ve got to give them a chance. Plus, when I go down there to call our games, I quite like not to be pelted when I walk in the stadium. Should be a lot of fun, the rivalry.
Q: Overall impressions of the Sounders squad after Wednesday’s match?
Fletcher: Very, very impressive. You can see they work together as a team. And that’s massively important in games as big as that. They all wanted to pitch in to get the win, and then when it needed someone to step up, you saw the second goal from Brad Evans and the mental toughness the Sounders showed. And that’s not something you can create overnight. So massive credit to Sigi (Schmid), his coaching staff and the players.
Q: You’ve seen a couple of matches for the Sounders and a ton of Derby County matches. Let’s say the two face off, who wins?
Fletcher: Sounders, 9-nil. No question. There aren’t any Derby fans on this chat, are there?
Q: Does the MLS gets much respect overseas?
Fletcher: It’s definitely growing. It’s something that will take time to build just because the league is only in its 17th season. People do refer to MLS more every season. Some of it is the (David) Beckham factor. Some of it is just because it’s a damn good league.
Q: What sports do you play?
Fletcher: I love my basketball, being a tall and gangly guy. I’m 6 feet 3, so not exactly power-forward material. Soccer has always been my first love. Also I love to ski, and a bit of badminton now and again.
Q: How did Kasey Keller do on his first outing as color commentator?
Fletcher: We had a lot of fun together. And like me, because it’s new, we are going to get better and better as a combination. He’s a natural communicator.
Q: Tea or coffee?
Fletcher: Irish coffee. Seriously, I was a tea man, but I’ve been converted already.
Q: What is harder to understand, the American accent or cockney?
Fletcher: I’m sorry, what?
Q: Who plays the lead in “Ross Fletcher: Sounders Broadcasting Legend”?
Fletcher: Colin Firth is a bit too British. Jake Gyllenhaal? Somebody who is much more suave and better looking than me, I hope.