On Sunday, the Revolution travel to face D.C. United at the latter’s new venue, Audi Field. The 7:30 p.m. kickoff time – and the presence of an international soccer star – means it will be broadcast on FS1.
The announcers calling the game will be Lisa Byington (play-by-play), Danielle Slaton (game analyst), and on-field reporter Katie Witham. Aside from being experienced broadcasters as individuals, the trio represent a piece of soccer history as a group.
They will be the first English speaking all-female on-air broadcasting team for a major sports network in the history of men’s soccer. It marks a milestone in the sport.
“It’s actually unfortunate to me that this opportunity has taken so long to happen,” Byington told Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. And while she maintained that she took the role because of her excitement to work with Slaton and Witham as professionals – and not simply to make history, there’s an undeniable sense of it being a major moment.
“Many decades ago the challenge was to hire women to cover sports,” Byington told Deitsch. “Now that you can turn on almost any sporting event or show and see female representation, the challenge becomes not pigeonholing us into specific broadcast roles.”
Byington, Slaton and Witham will see the Revs face English star Wayne Rooney, who has rejuvenated D.C. since arriving earlier in the summer from Premier League team Everton. Both teams are in the playoff hunt.