via press release:
JULIE STEWART-BINKS TO HOST FOX SOCCER DAILY
Wynalda, Barton, & McBride Provide Analysis & Commentary
FOX Sports 1’s Soccer News, Highlights & Analysis Show Premieres Aug. 19
New York – Earlier this year, Julie Stewart-Binks joined FOX Sports to serve as an update desk anchor and breaking news correspondent for FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network launching Aug. 17. Today, she was also named host of recently unveiled FOX SOCCER DAILY, a live soccer news, highlights and analysis program airing weekdays at 4:00-4:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 beginning Monday, Aug. 19.
Joining Stewart-Binks each weekday on the half-hour FOX SOCCER DAILY, which originates at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, are FOX Sports soccer analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.
FOX SOCCER DAILY taps into the vast resources and expertise of the leading soccer website in the United States, FOXsoccer.com, with insights from senior editor Jamie Trecker and critically acclaimed reporters Leander Schaerlaeckens, Amy Lawrence, Patrick Barclay and Kyle McCarthy. In addition, Sports Illustrated/FOX Sports soccer reporter Grant Wahl; CROWD GOES WILD panelist and former Sky Sports News anchor Georgie Thompson; and Dr. Joe Machnik, who brings almost 50 years of experience as a FIFA rules expert, soccer coach and match commissioner contribute.
FOX Sports 1 has entered into an exclusive agreement with BSkyB’s Sky Sports News to provide in-depth features and daily updates featuring Sky Sports’ globally recognized correspondents in the United Kingdom. FOX SOCCER DAILY also has access to FOX Sports and Sky Sports reporters in Asia, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Mexico for on-site coverage of breaking news in the region.
FOX SOCCER DAILY covers the major soccer leagues and competitions across the globe with an emphasis on Europe and North America. The fast-paced, half-hour program airs Monday to Friday (4:00-4:30 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network, except when preempted by UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League pre-game and post-game shows.
A lifelong soccer fanatic, Stewart-Binks was the natural choice to host FOX SOCCER DAILY. She worked as a reporter on FOX Soccer Report, and was an apprentice with SKY Sports News in England in 2010, assisting reporters covering English Premier League and UEFA Champions League competitions, while at the same time completing a Masters in International Broadcast Journalism at City University London. She also interned at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s London bureau in 2010, assisting reporters in producing FIFA World Cup features.
Wynalda was a true American trailblazer, paving the way for a generation of soccer players. The scorer of the first goal in MLS history, Wynalda was one of the most successful national team players, scoring 34 goals in 107 appearances. He played at the highest levels of the game across the planet, scoring 25 goals in the powerful German Bundesliga with Saarbrucken and VfL Bochum. A member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, Wynalda was, until 2008, the national team’s all-time leading goal-scorer. In 2012 Wynalda coached fifth division amateur soccer team, Cal FC, to a ground breaking fourth round of the US Open Cup defeating MLS’s Portland Timbers along the way.
Barton is considered one of the greatest players in Premier League history. Barton made 453 appearances for club and country in a glittering 16-year-career. A consummate professional, capable of playing every position, Barton became the most expensive defender in English soccer when he signed with Newcastle for a then-record £4m sum in 1995. He was also part of the legendary “Crazy Gang” at Wimbledon FC, where his skill in midfield helped keep the Dons in the top flight.
McBride is an American soccer legend. A national team veteran with 30 goals and 96 caps, McBride was the first player drafted in MLS’ inaugural season after a successful spell in Germany with VfL Wolfsburg. But it was with Fulham that he made his mark, scoring 33 goals in 140 appearances over four seasons with the Londoners. He is so beloved by the club’s fans that Fulham bestowed on him a unique honor: their club’s lounge is named “McBride’s” after him.