Football is set to take center stage on the sporting calendar for the next few months, with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar set to be the most-watched sporting event of the year.
Fox Sports is acting accordingly, hiring a dream team of broadcasters – some from the football world, some from outside – to bring color and texture to the 22nd edition of the legendary competition.
In the United States, Fox Sports will be the go-to place for the tournament’s most memorable moments. Previous broadcasts have offered a glimpse of the delirium that took place in the stands following USMNT’s dramatic victories over Algeria in 2010 and Ghana in 2014.
And while we don’t know exactly what moment will spark scenes like this in this year’s competition, we do know who will be ready when those moments arrive.
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Here’s everything you need to know about Fox Sports studio’s lineup for the 2022 World Cup.
Who is on the Fox Sports World Cup studio team?
Rob Stone, host
Veteran broadcaster Rob Stone will be in charge of studio coverage of Fox Sports’ gleaming set in Doha. Stone has compiled an impressive resume over the years and has called games for ESPN and Fox Sports. He also won a WWE 24/7 Championship Belt! (The more you know). Stone should bring structure to a program full of strong personalities.
Kate Abdo, hostess
A familiar face to US soccer fans, Abdo will follow up on her work for Fox at previous men’s and women’s World Cups by hosting the studio show World Cup Tonight. A native of Manchester, England, he also serves as Champions League host for Turner Sports and has extensive boxing experience.
Alexi Lalas, Lead Studio Analyst
Alexi Lalas will occasionally reflect as the program’s Lead Studio Analyst. Part of the Fox Sports team since 2015, he’s gaining popularity for his polarizing attitudes and surprising love of hard rock. A former US international, Lalas is one of the most recognizable figures in the American soccer pyramid.
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Clint Dempsey, studio analyst
‘Deuce’ is arguably the greatest US player of all time, a longtime national team fixture who shone in the Premier League for Fulham and Tottenham. Dempsey was a guest analyst at US games throughout the CONCACAF qualifying round.
Carli Lloyd, studio analyst
From one US soccer legend to the next. Lloyd is perhaps the finest player – man or woman – to emerge from the US national team. She scored 134 goals in 316 caps for the USA and guided them to two world titles and two Olympic gold medals. Lloyd took home the award for Best Female Player of the Year (2015, 2016). Since retiring in 2021, Lloyd has worn many different hats, including as a representative for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Maurice Edu, senior studio analyst
Edu, another former US international, enjoyed an impressive overseas career after being selected with the first pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. Edu spent time in Scotland and even scored an Old Firm Derby winner for Rangers before returning to the States to finish his career. He has been a staple of Fox’s MLS coverage since his retirement.
Eni Aluko, studio analyst
Aluko made 102 appearances for the England women’s national team from 2004 to 2016. She is a regular on Fox’s international tournament coverage, having reflected on her thoughts on the station’s 2019 Women’s World Cup broadcast. She now serves as Director of Recruitment at NWSL club Angel City FC.
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Kelly Smith, Studio Analyst
The second-highest goalscorer in England women’s history, Smith – an Arsenal legend – is one of the greatest players in Three Lions history. She has been a regular on Fox Sports since 2014 and has been heavily involved in the network’s coverage of the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Chad Johnson, studio analyst
Rounding out Fox Sports’ studio coverage of the 2022 World Cup is a person familiar with a very different kind of football. Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, was one of the most entertaining wide receivers in the NFL during his heyday, known for his intricate touchdown celebrations with a variety of props. Johnson has enjoyed a similarly fun time away from the spotlight when he co-hosted the podcast “I Am Athlete” and also attended celebrity boxing matches in his spare time. Now he’s bringing his talents to the football field as part of The World Cup Tonight Show.