While Landon Donovan made several appearances on ESPN breaking down World Cup action in Brazil, tonight was the former L.A. Galaxy legend's debut as an announcer for the league from which he retired last year. And he did it in Spanish, on Univision Deportes.
Sure, it was just some pre-match gabbing—and it would be pretty tough to work as a professional soccer player in southern California without picking up conversational Spanish—but ol' Landocakes comes off pretty well here! Better than his World Cup appearances, at least; maybe this is a good sign for his future guest analysis appearances on Fox Sports 1. Here's your translated closed captioning transcript of the segment:
MLS ARE IN THE HOUSE. CHAMPION, MATCH BETWEEN GALAXY Y WE HAVE THE CHICAGO FIRE.
GODFATHER OF THIS SUPER DELUXE NIGHT, LANDON DONOVAN ACCOMPANYING TONIGHT, how are you.
>>> FEELING DIFFERENT NERVOUS AND BUT NOW THE GOOD START SEASON SO.
>>> QUITE DIFFERENT FOR ME GOOD BUT ALSO SEE THE FACES AND FRIENDS, I HOPE TONIGHT TO WIN, I WILL BE THE FANATIC NUMBER ONE.
>>> THE TRUTH WITH PLEASURE LANDON TODAY, TWO TEAMS DAME THINK YOU HAVE OPPORTUNITY WINNING SEASON.
>>> NEW ENGLAND AND AGAIN A SURPRISE FOR ME BE TORONTO, LOT OF TALK ABOUT BUT I BELIEVE THAT ALTIDORE TENDÁA A GOOD SEASON AND MOTIVATED FOR YOUR CAPTAIN.
>>> IS THE SEASON 20 ARRIVE MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE SEASON AND PROGRESS OF THE LEAGUE? MARCELO AND WHEN WE START
>>>14 YEARS AGO I HAD NO ONE STADIUM AND WITH FANS WITH 21 TEAMS WITH DAVID DIAZ KAKÁ O, IS AMAZING WHAT HAPPENS NOW OUR SPORT, IS GOOD THIS SEASON TO BE NUMBER 20.
>>> A TASTE LANDON DONOVAN, JORGE PEREZ NAVARRO AND ALSO DAVID GOOD NIGHT.