John Harkes is the analyst for Comcast SportsNet’s live coverage of D.C. United games. He returned to Comcast SportsNet in 2012 after previously serving as the network’s soccer analyst in 2005 and 2006.
Harkes played 14 seasons of professional soccer in the United States and England, including three years with D.C. United. He also represented the United States in several international tournaments, including the World Cup and Olympics. As team captain from 1996 to 1998, he led D.C. United to five major titles, including back-to-back MLS Cup Championships in 1996 and 1997 and the 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. Harkes was the first player named to a D.C. United roster and the first player inducted to the Hall of Tradition. A four-time MLS All-Star, he appeared in 167 MLS matches over eight seasons with United, New England and Columbus.
Prior to joining D.C. United, Harkes spent six seasons in England with Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and West Ham from 1990-91 to 1995-96, which included two years in the Premier League. Overall, he appeared in 160 games in England’s Premier League, First Division and Second Division, recording 12 goals. A member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, his extensive experience representing the United States in international competition is highlighted by the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and the 1988 Olympics.
In additional to his work with Comcast SportsNet, Harkes has previously served as an analyst for ESPN, calling MLS and U.S. Men’s National Team games from 2006 to 2011, as well as World Cup matches in 2006 and 2010. He also currently hosts two shows on Sirius XM, The Football Show and Counter Attack.
Born in Kearney, N.J., Harkes played collegiately at the University of Virginia.