Arlo White is back ... at least for a game. The lead voice of NBC's English Premier League coverage will call Saturday's game against the San Jose Earthquakes in a unique arrangement with current Seattle Sounders play-by-play voice Ross Fletcher.
White will call the first half of the game by himself on the radio and then swap places with Fletcher for the second half when he'll be joined by Kasey Keller in the booth.
"I'm absolutely thrilled that the club has asked me back to do a game," White said in a team release. "It's the perfect way for me to round off a memorable season. I can't wait to get to Seattle and experience another great Saturday night at CenturyLink Field. It's a big game against San Jose, and working with Kasey and Ross will be terrific."
Although there was no explanation offered for the timing of the move, Fletcher and his wife are expecting the birth of their child soon. Fletcher actually missed Sunday's game against the New England Revolution just in case his wife went into labor. If Fletcher's wife goes into labor, he may have to miss Saturday's game as well.
Whatever the reason, White was particularly popular during his two seasons as the voice of the Sounders. He came to Seattle as a little-known English commentator, but quickly earned a reputation as arguably the best play-by-play voice in American soccer. It came as little surprise when NBC tabbed him as their lead man when they started showing MLS games in 2012. It was of equally little surprise when they moved White to EPL coverage when they got those games in 2013.
Here are some of his more memorable Sounders calls: