FOX Sports has signed former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson as an analyst for its nightly World Cup Tonight wrap-up program. Throughout the World Cup, the program will air every night and is essentially a conversation show. The show will be an around the world wrap up featuring the opinions of soccer personalities, celebrities, and commentators about games during the World Cup. Notably, this won’t just be analysts discussing strategies. Instead, anticipate a more entertaining spin on World Cup coverage.
Who are Kate Abdo, Maurice Edu, and Chad Johnson
Kate Abdo, Maurice Edu, and Chad Johnson are the three hosts that will lead the show. Kate Abdo is well-known to viewers of Paramount+’s Champions League coverage. She co-hosts the coverage at CBS with Micah Richards, Jamie Carragher, and Thierry Henry. Abdo will be a member of the FOX Sports family for her fourth FIFA World Cup. Her prior appearances occurred in Russia in 2018, as well as at two Women’s World Cups in 2015 and 2019.
Maurice Edu, a regular contributor to FOX regardless of the competition being covered, will be the 2nd host joining Abdo. During the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the ex-USMNT player offered studio analysis for FOX. Edu participated in three of the team’s four games while playing for the United States at the 2010 World Cup. He now frequently contributes to FOX Sports’ coverage of both Major League Sports and international soccer.
The final host is former All-Pro wide receiver and soccer enthusiast Chad Johnson. While Johnson is best known for his time playing football, he also has some soccer-related experience. He isn’t as thorough as the other experts that were anticipated to be on FOX’s World Cup squad, but Johnson participated in a four-day trial with Sporting Kansas City in 2011. He also played competitive soccer growing up.
World Cup Tonight’s Schedule
FOX intends to broadcast the show every night during the World Cup at midnight on FOX in each time zone in the US. There are, however, a few cases where it is accessible at various times on other channels. For instance, during the competition, FOX intends to air the program on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving(November 24) and on Black Friday on (November 25).
Additionally, the most eagerly awaited group stage showdown in this nation will be between the United States and England on Black Friday, which FOX anticipates will be a very worthwhile show to watch for the US audience. After the World Cup Final on Sunday, December 18, at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, the program will also be available.
For those who recall watching World Cup Tonight during the 2018 World Cup, the nightly broadcast was difficult to watch and a disorganized mess. The 2022 edition of the show, which was first hosted by Fernando Fiore and had a colorful cast of characters, can’t be worse than the one in 2018, so odds are good that at least this time it’ll be entertaining to watch.
Rox and Ken discuss the cast for the show, who they thought were in consideration, and if this will move the needle for casual viewers that might only tune in for games.