Broadcasting History Will Be Made Sunday With All-Female Cast For MLS Match

FS1’s nationally televised broadcast of the DC United-New England Revolution match will feature three women leading the call.

Fox will make history on Sunday. An all-female cast of three announcers will lead the broadcast in a top U.S. men’s sports league for the first time ever, according to FOX Sports. 

Lisa Byington (play-by-play), Danielle Slaton (analyst) and Katie Witham (reporter/host) will join together to call the DC United vs. New England Revolution match on Sunday evening. The nationally televised game will air live on FS1 at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

“We have an excellent team ready to call this match,” FOX Sports producer Shaw Brown said in a news release. “Collectively and individually, they have a strong connection to the game, and I hope each of them continues to get more and more opportunities.”

This isn’t the first time Fox has made soccer broadcasting history of this variety. During the 2018 World Cup, Aly Wagner became the first woman to call a men’s World Cup match on American television (alongside Telemundo’s Viviana Vila). We ranked Aly Wagner and Derek Rae as the best of Fox's broadcasting pairs.

Byington, a former soccer and basketball athlete in college at Northwestern, leads the MLS all-female cast. Slaton is a former USWNT player while Witham, a former college player herself, has won an Emmy and Telly Award. 

The DC United-New England Revolution match will include a half-hour pregame show from Audi Field, DC’s new soccer-specific stadium. In addition to checking out the new stadium, the match will be a great chance for fans to watch Wayne Rooney do more amazing things for United. 

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