Sporting KC broadcast team to feature two new voices

The Sporting KC broadcast team for 2017: Nate Bukaty, Jillian Carroll and Matt Lawrence
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Two newcomers are joining veteran play-by-play man Nate Bukaty on Sporting Kansas City broadcasts on FOX Sports Kansas City, the team announced Tuesday.

Sporting KC welcomes Matt Lawrence as a color analyst and Jillian Carroll as broadcast host and sideline reporter.

Lawrence spent nine years playing in the English Football League Championship during a 20-year playing career.

“I’m very much looking forward to getting started at Sporting KC two decades after leaving the U.S., having graduated from Hartwick College,” Lawrence said in a press release. “I was lucky enough to play a lengthy professional soccer in England. After touring the facilities in Kansas City, I know the infrastructure is in place for an exciting 2017 season, and I’m excited to play a role in that.”

Carroll played college soccer at the University of Northern Iowa and has spent eight years coaching youth soccer in Kansas City. A graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kansas, Carroll also has worked as a sideline reporter for the Kansas City Chiefs, FC Kansas City and the Kansas City Comets.

“I’m thrilled to join Sporting KC and continue growing the game I love,” Carroll said in the release. “I’m passionately invested in this game, and admire the growth Sporting KC has encouraged over the past several years.”

Bukaty returns for his third season as the voice of Sporting KC.