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John Harkes, Go Home

N4N is a touch obsessed with the World Cup, so forgive this temporary divergence from Rhode Island politics and media matters.

ESPN has received a bit of guff for employing Brits as its announcers-in-chief after Dave O'Brien, now the Red Sox radio announcer, did a less than stellar job with the 2006 Cup. But it has ever so graciously added former US soccer standout John Harkes to the announcing team for broadcasts of the US squad's matches. Bad idea. He's a transparent homer. He stumbles and contradicts himself.

As the American team showed during its last match against Slovenia, the US - if flawed in many ways - has a spark on the field it hasn't had in the past. But when it comes to expertise in the announcer's booth, the Old World still has us beat.

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