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Ian Darke joined ESPN in 2010 as its lead soccer voice in the United States.

He came to ESPN from Sky Sports, where he was a well-respected soccer and boxing commentator for the London-based sports network since 1992.

At ESPN, Darke has been the primary play-by-play voice for Barclays Premier League matches, the U.S. National Teams (Men’s and Women’s), marquee Major League Soccer events, 2010 World Cup in South Africa, 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany and the 2013 Confederations Cup. He will also call matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He began his broadcasting career at a regional BBC Radio station — Radio Leicester — in 1975 and moved to BBC’s national service in 1979, where he covered soccer, boxing and athletics. He covered the 1978, 1982 and 1990 FIFA World Cup events for BBC Radio and Eurosport.

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Darke answered questions about MLS, international soccer, his broadcasting career and more in a live chat July 10 on

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