FOX Sports Monday announced the additions of former U.S. men’s national team standouts DaMarcus Beasley, Jimmy Conrad, Sacha Kljestan and Melissa Ortiz to its roster to cover the World Cup in Qatar.
The World Cup will run from Nov. 20-Dec. 18.
“The World Cup attracts millions of fans – some diehards, some first-timers – each of which has interest in various teams, players and storylines. In 2022, they also have endless options for how, when and where to consume the content they care about – whether on the big screen or in the palm of their hands,” Fox senior vice president, digital Michael Bucklin said in a statement. “This will require us to showcase our full arsenal of coverage to meet their needs. We’re especially excited about DaMarcus, Jimmy, Melissa and Sacha joining our roster because they add personality, experience and digital reach that will engage our fans in a deeper, more authentic way.”
Beasley joins FOX Sports as a digital host and analyst in Qatar as the only men’s player to represent the USA across four World Cups. He had more than 400 professional club appearances ranging from Manchester City in the English Premier League to the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer.
Conrad, a former USMNT defender, will serve as FOX Sports digital host and analyst in Doha. The sporting director and head coach for San Francisco Glens SC of USL League Two, Conrad’s playing resume includes 28 caps and a roster spot on the 2006 World Cup. In 12 MLS seasons, Conrad received MLS Best XI honors on four occasions and played in two MLS Cup championships, winning one.
Kljestan, a former Red Bulls captain, also will be as a digital host and analyst in Doha after recently completing his 10th MLS season, fourth as a midfielder with the LA Galaxy. Kljestan will provide unique perspective in the role having lined up against many of the current stars playing in Qatar, drawing upon his 51 career appearances with the USMNT and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Ortiz will make her debut as a World Cup digital analyst and host, in addition to serving up must-watch videos on TikTok. Ortiz will bring a player’s perspective as a former standout with the Colombian women’s national team, helping the country qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Ortiz represented Colombia in the Olympics, Copa America and Central American Games. She also played professionally in the Icelandic, American, and Colombian leagues.