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Gus Johnson to call soccer matches for FOX

Get ready for Gus Johnson calling play-by-play of soccer.

FOX Sports announced today that Johnson will his first-ever match for FOX Soccer next Wednesday. It will be the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Real Madrid and Manchester United. The assignment is the first in a series of Barclays Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League matches Johnson is expected to call, including the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League Finals, May 11 and 25, respectively, on FOX.

Johnson is known for his enthusiastic, and sometimes over-the-top, play-by-play calls.

"No doubt that the followers of this sport are among the most passionate, knowledgeable fans in the world, and I’m a newcomer," Johnson said in a statement. "The effort to learn the sport and absorb its nuance has been a humbling experience. While I’ve put a lot of time into my preparation thus far, it’s definitely going to take a lot of reps before I’ve mastered soccer’s rhythm and pace, but I am determined to do so, and with all the support I’m receiving I have no doubt that I will."

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