Taylor Twellman and Ian Darke
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ESPN signs lead soccer analyst Taylor Twellman to new eight-year contract | SIDELINE

ESPN has locked up Taylor Twellman as its lead analyst for the network's soccer coverage for the foreseeable — and beyond — future with a new eight-year contract.

SI's Richard Deitsch first broke the story which includes a number of quotes from Twellman, who was also strongly courted by Fox Sports in the process, on Thursday night. 

"From Day One my experience with ESPN has been nothing short of perfect," Twellman told SI.com. "I am challenged every day by my bosses and co-workers. They have given me the resources to improve, and I am critiqued here very heavily and I enjoy that. It's important I have that, because I have to improve every day."

It's nice to hear a broadcaster speak that way, acknowledging that his work is nowhere near a finished product and indicating a desire to work towards that goal.

Twellman, 34, only took up broadcasting a few years ago after a hugely successful career with the New England Revolution and US national team was cut short due to concussion issues.