A much beloved and familiar face will be rejoining the Revolution this year, and for once this news doesn't involve anything related to on the field.
Paul Mariner, a longtime assistant coach under Steve Nicol, will join play-by-play broadcaster Brad Feldman on Comcast SportsNet's coverage of the New England Revolution for the 2014 season the team and CSN announced today.
Mariner is a regular analyst and contributor to ESPN's daily soccer program, ESPN FC. He also provides analysis on various international soccer matches on ESPN. Mariner was an assistant coach with the Revolution from 2004 through 2009 before accepting the head coach position - and later manager position - at Plymouth Argyle FC in England. He returned to North America in 2011, joining Toronto FC as the club's director of player development and later taking the head coach position for the second half of the 2012 season.
Mariner is remembered by world soccer fans as one of the top center forwards in English football in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He earned 35 international caps playing for his country, and led the England attack in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. After starting his professional club career with Plymouth Argyle, Mariner scored 97 goals in eight seasons for Ipswich Town from 1976-84, before playing three seasons with Arsenal FC in London and finishing his English Leagues career with Portsmouth. He helped Ipswich Town win the 1978 FA Cup and 1981 UEFA Cup.
Mariner will be joined by longtime Revs broadcaster Brad Feldman. The veteran play-by-play announcer has called more than 450 matches involving the Revolution and will return for his 14th season. The 2014 season marks his 10th as the primary play-by-play announcer for the club's broadcasts, both on television and on radio. He is also the supervising producer for all Revolution telecasts, heading content, operations and production.
Now in its fifth season as the television home of the Revolution, Comcast SportsNet will broadcast up to 31 of the team's matches not broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network or ESPN2, beginning with the 2014 season opener on March 8 at the Houston Dynamo. Comcast SportsNet's 2014 coverage begins with the annual "State of the Revs Season Preview" special at 8 p.m. on March 8, immediately before the Revolution kick off against Dynamo at 8:30 p.m. The network will also televise a mid-season special, as well as a season wrap-up program, along with other Revolution features throughout the season.