Q&A: Fox soccer commentators John Strong and Stu Holden on their experiences calling this Copa América

Q&A: Fox soccer commentators John Strong and Stu Holden on their experiences calling this Copa América

Together, Fox play-by-play team John Strong and Stu Holden have called over 200 matches together. According to Fox, that’s more games than any other English-language television duo in the last five years, and it’s a total that will rise on Saturday evening when the pair call the Copa América final between Brazil and Argentina. 

However, this one will be different than many other finals, as Strong and Holden have had to adjust over the past year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way networks broadcast live sports. For Saturday’s final, Strong and Holden will both be in Fox’s studio in Los Angeles to call one of sport’s fiercest rivalries. 

The duo spoke to The Athletic ahead of the final about how they’ve each prepared to cover this year’s controversial Copa América. This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Let’s start from the beginning.

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