While a local TV deal is in the works but not yet announced, Minnesota United FC has put together a broadcasting team for the club's inaugural Major League Soccer season.
Callum Williams, Kyndra de St. Aubin and Jamie Watson will team up to cover the Loons, whose preseason begins Monday and regular season kicks off March 3 at Portland.
Williams, United's play-by-play announcer, has covered soccer in both his native United Kingdom and North America. He worked for a few years in commercial radio as a sports producer, commentator and reporter before joining the BBC in 2009. He also spent four years as Sporting Kansas City's play-by-play announcer until the club did not retain him for the 2015 season.
De St. Aubin, 36, the Loons' color commentator, has worked as a reporter and host at several ESPN radio affiliates before focusing on freelancing for entities such as the Pac-12 Network and Fox Sports since 2011. When she moves back from San Jose, Calif., it will be a bit of a homecoming. While she was born in Wisconsin, she grew up in Stillwater and was a centerback on Minnesota's women's soccer team before graduating in 2003.
"When you can do something you love, and you're so familiar with, and you're passionate about, then it's not even really like work," de St. Aubin said. "The icing on the cake and what makes it so special is that it's Minnesota. When someone says, 'Oh, you get to be the analyst for MLS,' you fall off your chair. But then when someone says, 'Oh, and by the way, the team is in Minnesota,' and you get to come home to your community that basically shaped your life and your soccer career ... it's like this weird full circle."
Watson, 30, first played midfielder for United in 2012 while on loan from Orlando City before returning to the team from 2014-16. The Arlington, Texas, native will switch from on-field action to sideline reporter for United this season.
"I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a little bit of nostalgia going into the last 12 years [professionally] of a 20-year [playing] career that's coming to an end, effectively, today," Watson said Tuesday. "But it's difficult to be really sad about it when you have something that's so amazing, it's an amazing opportunity, with the club in front of you."