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Union's deals for Califf, Dellacamera official

There's now official confirmation that JP Dellacamera will be the Philadelphia Union's local TV play-by-play announcer. The club also finalized the acquisition of American defender Danny Califf.

Union's deals for Califf, Dellacamera official

JP Dellacamera has been the American play-by-play voice of the last six World Cups. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Union)
JP Dellacamera has been the American play-by-play voice of the last six World Cups. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Union)

The Philadephia Union have finalized the signing of U.S. national team defender Danny Califf.

Califf comes to Philadelphia from Danish club FC Midtjylland. He spent six seasons in MLS at the beginning of the decade, five with Los Angeles and the last one with San Jose.

Califf then headed to Denmark to join Aalborg BK. He moved to Midtjylland in 2008.

Terms of Califf's deal were not disclosed, which is a standing policy of Major League Soccer.

(In other words, be ready to see that phrase or something like it on here a lot.)

Califf has 23 caps for the national team. His last appearance was in the U.S.' World Cup qualifier at El Salvador, in which he started and played all 90 minutes of the Americans' 2-2 draw.

"We're counting on [Califf] to not only help anchor our defense but push our younger players to greater heights too,” Union coach Peter Nowak told the team's website.

Califf said he's "quite comfortable being asked to take on a leadership role."

It’s great to be back in the U.S., working with Peter (Nowak) and (Coach John) Hack(worth), who I’ve been with before," he added.

Earlier, we got official confirmation that JP Dellacamera will be the Philadelphia Union's local TV play-by-play announcer. We first learned the news last week.

Dellacamera will remain ESPN's lead Major League Soccer play-by-play voice, but I received confirmation this morning that it's not yet known whether Dellacamera will work the World Cup. The Union's release made no reference to the World Cup, and I'm told that was intentional.

The Union's local TV deal still is not done, in case you're wondering.

"Knowing Nick Sakiewicz and Tom Veit were running the organization, when Philadelphia Union first approached me with this opportunity, I was already interested," Dellacamera said in the release. Dellacamera was the MetroStars' play-by-play announcer on MSG Network when Sakiewicz was in charge there.

Dellacamera has broadcast the last six men's World Cups, the last three Women's World Cups and who knows how many games for the various U.S. national teams. He's also been the local voice of MLS' Columbus Crew and the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers.

Those of you with NHL Network will know that Dellacamera called games at the IIHF World Junior Championships earler this month.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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