John Strong is a highly regarded broadcaster who joined FOX Sports exclusively in January 2015 as a play-by-play announcer for its coverage of Major League Soccer (MLS), the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Copa America, World Cup Qualifiers and other international soccer events. Strong has regularly contributed to the network’s coverage of the UEFA Europa League, CONCACAF Champions League and CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying. He will bring his coverage to the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2018.
NO STRANGER TO FOX SPORTS
Strong has regularly contributed to the network’s coverage of the UEFA Europa League, CONCACAF Champions League and CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying. He has called various U.S. Soccer friendlies, including the US Men’s “Dos A Cero” victory against Mexico at the sold-out Alamodome in April. As the lead play-by-play voice for the UEFA Europa League, he called the 2013 and 2014 Final, and has also hosted studio coverage for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup as well as whip-around UEFA Champions League show, MultiMatch 90. Most recently, Strong served as lead play-by-play announcer for MLS on NBC Sports and as a fill-in host for studio coverage of the Barclays Premier League.
PAVING THE WAY
Strong was previously the radio and television voice of the MLS’ Portland Timbers, with many of those telecasts appearing on FOX Sports Northwest. During the 2011 season, his call of a goal by the Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe was named MLS “Broadcast Call of the Year,” and had nearly 2 million YouTube views. In 2012, Strong was honored as the Oregon Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Association.
A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, Strong was active at Oregon’s campus station KWVA, where he called University of Oregon women’s soccer, softball and lacrosse. Strong began his broadcast career in high school where he founded Laker Broadcasting for Lake Oswego High School and called football and basketball games.