The program, which airs five days per week, gives fans in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Israel, the Caribbean and the Middle East a chance to stay up to date on the latest global soccer news and opinions.
Play-by-Play commentator Host ESPN Soccernet Press Pass
Adrian Healey joined ESPN in 2003 as a match play-by-play commentator for ESPN International's coverage of the several European leagues including the UEFA Champions League. He is also host of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, the popular soccer opinion and debate program aired on ESPN International's English-language networks across the world.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Healey will serve a match play-by-play commentator for ESPN and ABC. This will mark his second FIFA World Cup, having been a commentator for ESPN during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was also a part of the network's coverage of the UEFA European Football ChampionshipTM 2008 (Euro 2008).
Healey started work in the United States in Boston as a radio host. He then got a TV job commentating for the New England Revolution.
Healey was a television play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Thomas Michael (Tommy) Smyth joined ESPN in February 1993 as a soccer analyst for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International. He is an anchor of ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, ESPN International's global football roundtable discussion and is a game analyst for Italian Serie 'A', La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. This summer Smyth served as ESPN Radio's lead match analyst for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and in June 2008, was a game and studio analyst during ESPN's critically acclaimed coverage of the UEFA European Football Championship 2008 (Euro 08). He has also worked on three other FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002 and '06).
At ESPN, Smyth has called more than 2,500 international matches from leagues all over the world. His credits include providing game analysis for ESPN's telecast of European championship qualifiers, the Copa Libertadores, the South American Super Cup, Brazilian national championships, the Dutch league and the Italian Super Cups.
Smyth's insightful soccer analysis originates from having called professional and international matches played by the World's best players. Leading up to the 2002 World Cup, Smyth would have seen all action involving most of the players as he co-hosted ESPN International's Road to World Cup 2002, aired in over 150 countries.
Smyth served as a game analyst for ESPN and ESPN2's coverage of the 1998 FIFA Men's World Cup in France. He also provided studio analysis for ESPN2's World Cup 2Night, and ESPN & ESPN2's pre-game and halftime coverage. Smyth served as a co-host of Latin Futbol Weekly, a weekly South American soccer report that aired weekly on ESPN2, and was seen in more than 200 other countries via ESPN International (1993-99). He called World Cup '94 action for the One-on-One Radio Network.
Smyth has also provided game analysis for Major League Soccer's NY/NJ Metrostars on a New York regional network as well as select national MLS telecasts on ESPN and ESPN2. In the summer of 1999, he served as co-host of the first soccer call-in show on New York's WFAN Radio – The Metro Soccer Show.
Smyth has worked several different seasons as an analyst for ESPN's coverage of MLS. In 2010 he also worked for the new MLS club in Philadelphia.
Smyth has also been host of a radio program heard Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET on WVOX 1460 AM in New Rochelle, NY. He is best known in New York's Irish community as the "Voice of New York's Gaelic Park." Smyth also serves as a commentator during the annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade for WNBC Channel 4. In 2007, he was honored as the Grand Marshal for New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Born in Knockbridge's County Louth, Ireland, Smyth moved to the United States in 1963 following a brief soccer career with a local Irish team. In America, he played with the Shamrock Club of the German American Soccer League.
Shaka Hislop is an ESPN Soccer analyst and standout former professional football (soccer) player who, as a dual national citizen, played for both England and his native Trinidad & Tobago, making history as the starting goalkeeper on the T&T national team's first ever World Cup match in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was also the first member of the Trinidad & Tobago World Cup squad to be inducted into his country's Sporting Hall of Fame.
Shaka appears regularly on ESPN's football discussion show ESPNSoccernet Press Pass, which airs on ESPN Sunday to Thursday throughout the Caribbean and around the world on ESPN International's English-language networks, commenting on the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, amongst others. As one of the headliners on ESPNSoccernet Press Pass, Shaka provides expert analysis based on years on and off the pitch. He joins former EPL stars Robbie Earle and Frank Leboeuf and ESPN's on-the-mark Irishman Tommy Smyth for a lively discussion on football's hottest topics.
Shaka played over 400 games in combined league and national team competition during his 15 year career. The vast majority was in the Premier League as a goalkeeper for Newcastle United, West Ham, Reading and Portsmouth. During his time at Newcastle United the team placed second in the Premier League for two successive seasons under Kevin Keegan's first tenure. He also played under manager Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth and for England under-23s, along with being an unused substitute in one England friendly. Shaka retired from football in 2007 after a successful season with Dallas FC in MLS.
In addition to his ESPN broadcasting career, he spends time with emerging soccer talent as goalkeeping coach for Quinnipiac University.
Robert Fitzgerald (Robbie) Earle, the former Jamaican international attacking midfielder and Premier League standout, is a football analyst for ESPN and a commentator on ESPNSoccernet Press Pass. Earle has also participated in the inaugural Flow/ESPN Football Clinics (November 2010) and the OCEAN STYLE/ESPN Golf Invitational (October 2010), both held in Jamaica.
Since his retirement from football in 2000, Earle has established himself as a versatile sports journalist working in print, radio, television and digital media. In addition to ESPN's multiplatform services, Earle has worked for the London Evening Standard, the Stoke-on-Trent Evening Sentinel, Capital Radio, Radio 5 Live, and numerous other major English media organizations.
During his extraordinary football career, Earle played in more than 600 league games and scored approximately 150 goals. He began his professional career with Port Vale (1982-1991) and signed with Wimbledon in 1991. Earle was a member of Wimbledon's legendary "crazy gang" side; he captained the team for five years and was named Wimbledon Player of the Decade in 2000.
Although born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England, Earle was eligible to play for the Jamaican National Team (1997-2000) due to his heritage. He was captain of the squad for two years and in 33 international caps, he scored a total of eight goals, including Jamaica's first-ever World Cup Finals goal versus Croatia in 1998.
Earle was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1999. He has served as an Honorary Patron of Show Racism the Red Card, the campaign that uses footballers to educate against racism.