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Paul Mariner joins Revolution broadcast team

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The New England Revolution announced on Thursday that former Revolution assistant coach Paul Mariner will join play-by-play announcer Brad Feldman in the broadcast booth as color analyst for most Comcast SportsNet matches this season.

Comcast SportsNet will broadcast up to 31 Revolution matches, beginning with the 2014 season opener on March 8 at the Houston Dynamo.

Mariner, the former England international striker, is a regular analyst for ESPN’s daily soccer program, ESPN FC. 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 MLS in 2011, joining Toronto FC as director of player development and later taking the head coach position for the second half of the 2012 season.

Mariner was 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.

Feldman, the Revolution's play-by-play announcer who has called more than 450 of their matches, returns for his 14th season. Feldman is also the supervising producer for all Revolution telecasts, heading content, operations and production.

For select broadcasts, Jeff Causey will return to the booth as color analyst. Causey, a former Revolution goalkeeper, was the team’s primary analyst the last two seasons.

Comcast SportsNet’s 2014 HD coverage begins with the “State of the Revs Season Preview” special at 8 p.m. on March 8, just before the Revolution kick off against Dynamo at 8:30 p.m. The network will also televise a mid-season and season wrap-up programs, along with other Revolution features throughout the season.

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