Former Timbers captain Ian Joy has secured a new job, providing colour commentary for FC Dallas.
The club could not find any single individual to replace Bobby Rhine who died tragically last year and instead have recruited a powerful looking team to provide information from a variety of viewpoints.
“It’s impossible to replace Bobby Rhine,” said FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn on the Dallas website.
“Rather than make one person try to fill his shoes, we put together a team of people Bobby knew and respected.
His spirit, his love of the game, should live on in FC Dallas broadcasts. We think this team will do exactly that.”
Joy will share the colour analyst duties with Brian Dunseth, Dante Washington and Steve Jolley.
The California born Scotsman is also a regular columnist for Prost Amerika in his Once a Cascadian column.
In an email, he expressed his pleasure at working for the Dallas club:
“After working with FCD Legends Jason Kreis and Jeff Cassar at Real Salt Lake I grew to become fond of FC Dallas.
Having the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of a great soccer player and an even better gentleman in the late Bobby Rhine I am extremely proud to have the opportunity to work as an analyst for FC Dallas.”
Play by play duties will be shared by Jon Yardley and Mark Followill.
If the name Jon Yardley seems familiar to readers, he was one of the men we cited as an outside bet to replace Arlo White when the news first broke of his departure for NBC.
He previously worked as match day commentator for Houston Dynamo.