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The former Seattle Sounders announcer will be the lead play-by-play man when MLS moves to NBC next season.

NBC has announced that it has hired Arlo White to be the play-by-play voice for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Major League Soccer.

White spent the past two seasons as the voice of the Seattle Sounders.

“Arlo is one of the top voices calling soccer today in the U.S., and we are very excited to have him be the lead play-by-play announcer to launch our new agreement with Major League Soccer,” said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network.

A native of England, White spent nine years with BBC Radio before moving to Seattle. He served as a host and commentator with BBC Radio Sport and BBC Radio 5-Live.

“It is a tremendous honor for me to join the NBC Sports Group, an organization that I have revered from afar for many years,” White said in an NBC statement. “I am extremely passionate about the future of Major League Soccer, and this partnership with NBC will provide a huge boost for the sport in the United States."

In August, NBC won the rights to broadcast 46 MLS matches per year between NBC Sports Network (currently Versus until Jan. 2) and NBC. These right were previously held by Fox. In addition, NBC will broadcast four U.S. national team matches each year.

NBC is still in negotiations with more on-air talent, and will announce further hirings at a later date.

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