ESPN's ombudsman, George Solomon of the Washington Post says that he's gotten lots of complaints about ESPN's announcers.
But Solomon says he's talked to everybody at ESPN and they all say that everything is just peachy!
Solomon also wrote that he couldn't tell which guys were live and which guys were in a studio. Apparently, he has never watched a soccer match before on TV. Calling soccer matches off of monitors has been going on, since there have been satellites. It's rare that a match is actually announced by someone at the site. (MLS games are a notable exception.)
This passage shook my faith in Solomon's judgment.
Scanlan takes exception to that, pointing out ESPN's commentators are experienced broadcasters and had extensive briefings before the competition. Still, more background on the players and coaches -- such as the way Joe Morgan dishes out inside baseball to viewers on Sunday nights -- would help. Shelley Smith's features, though, are good and do add to the coverage.