COLUMBUS, Ohio Lori Walker will be back calling the plays at a soccer game this weekend. It just won’t be as the coach.
The Ohio State women’s soccer team head coach will be in the broadcast booth Saturday, May 3, providing color commentary for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team’s game against Australia at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Start time is 5 p.m. and Fox Soccer Channel will broadcast the game live.
The two teams played Sunday in North Carolina with USA winning, 3-2, on a dramatic 91st minute stoppage time goal by Carli Lloyd. The win improved USA’s record to 11-0-1 in 2008 and it was the first win in the U.S. for new coach Pia Sundhage.
The broadcast will be the first for Walker since she was part of ESPN and ESPN2’s broadcast announcing teams for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007 matches in China last September. Walker was a match analyst for nine World Cup first round games.
Walker, who was introduced to announcing by accident after a friend put her on a FOX Sports “prospects” list, has announced more than 60 games on television over the last six years, including serving as women’s soccer analyst for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in 2004. She also helped usher in the third season of Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) action in 2003 as a color analyst for the Washington Freedom on Comcast SportsNet (Md.). It was Walker's second season working with the Freedom. During the summer of 2001, she served in the same capacity with the New York Power (WUSA) on the Madison Square Garden (MSG) network.
Walker is in her 12th year as Ohio State head coach.