Colorado Rapids hire Richard Fleming as newest English play-by-play man on MLS TV scene

Richard Fleming, Colorado Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids on Tuesday named veteran English broadcaster Richard Fleming as new play-by-play man as well as director of broadcasting for the club.

The former BBC veteran, who joins Rapids legend Marcelo Balboa in the booth for the Rapids, is the latest English export to join the league as TV talent.

"The switch to MLS, the Rapids and Altitude TV, in the beautiful state of Colorado – the exciting project that lays before me – was too good an opportunity to turn down," Fleming told ColoradoRapids.com in a Q&A. "It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity both for me and for my family."

READ: Q&A with Colorado Rapids play-by-play man Richard Fleming

Another BBC alum, Arlo White, parlayed his stint with the Seattle Sounders into a national TV gig with NBC Sports Network. His spot in the Seattle booth was taken by ex-BBC Radio voice Ross Fletcher.

Sporting Kansas City's lead announcer, Englishman Callum Williams, also brings experience from where else? The BBC.

In Canada, fans will be familiar with the voices of Nigel Reed (Sportsnet & CBC) and Luke Wileman (TSN) – both BBC products.

Fleming gets his first crack at MLS on the March 16 match on Altitude for the Rivalry Week match between the Rapids and Real Salt Lake.