Brad Guzan Chats To Commentary Team Via Earpiece And Microphone vs Juventus
On Thursday we saw Italian powerhouse Juventus take on America's best in an MLS All-Stars contraption of a side at the Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Juventus played a heavily weakened side with the likes of Higuaín, Dybala, and Ronaldo nowhere to be seen. They did, however, feature Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanić, and Andrea Barzagli and would need a penalty shootout, which they won 5-3 following a 1-1 draw, to decide the match.
If All-Star sides were not a bizarre enough contribution to the game from America already, then you're about to start scratching your head.
Aswear!! Nobody does showbiz like Americans, nobody! :laughing:
They actually mic'd up Brad Guzan (goal keeper) while he's playing and the commentators are conversing with him through this MLS allstar game against Juventus. Soon enough they'll mic strikers. pic.twitter.com/LObyWHFWQO
- eLDee (@eLDeeTheDon) August 2, 2018
Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan was mic'd up for the MLS team so that he could freely communicate with the pundits in the studio, all this during live passages of play.
Although this game was largely an exhibition match and so the end result is not too detrimental, the MLS attempts to allure more and more fans by offering something different.
Brad Guzan being mic'd up during the MLS all star game might be the most american thing to happen to football/soccer. Stop it, stop it right now.
- Robert Mitchell (@robmitchell_5) August 1, 2018
This is not the first time that players have been mic'd up in American sport. The NFL regularly mics up its athletes for its "Mic'd Up" series, taking fans inside the game while also providing funny moments.
So, don't be too surprised if we see this feature trialled in the MLS soon.
I wish they would just let Brad Guzan play the game. What a ridiculous thing to do to have a goalkeeper serve as basically a commentator in the middle of the match... #MLSAllStar
- Jamie Goldberg (@Jamiebgoldberg) August 2, 2018
Opened in 2017, the Mercedez-Benz Stadium is one of the most impressive stadia in world sport. The $1.6b project is the home to NFL's Atlanta Falcons and MLS's Atlanta United FC and seats up to 83,000 people.
Another useless contribution to the beautiful game, or an intriguing prospect? Let us know in the comments.
Words by George Buksmann.