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My Essentials: Sporting KC announcer Callum Williams

Callum Williams

Home: A house in Brookside, with three other guys. “However, that is due to change.”

Pets: “Back in the UK, I have a cat called Dion.”

People: “My girlfriend, family and friends back home.”

Gadget: iPhone

Ringtone: “The cliche iPhone one.”

Drink: Heineken or Peroni

Snack: Oranges or frozen yogurt from Yogurtini near the Country Club Plaza

Food: “Any flavored chicken.”

Charity: Livestrong

Sports team: Aston Villa, an English football club

Actor: Daniel Craig

Book: “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis

Video game: “I’m a bit of a games nerd. I loved Super Mario and Zelda, but now obviously I love FIFA.”

Blog: His personal blog, callumwilliams1989.blogspot.com

Movie: “Any 007 title.”

TV: “Family Guy”

Radio: talkSPORT, a UK radio station, or BBC Radio 5 live

Scent: “I do like it when women smell of strawberries. Is that weird?”

Cologne: Jean Paul Gaultier

Clothes: Armani

Shampoo: Head & Shoulders

Exercise: “I run on the odd occasion. Just trying not to get lost at the moment.”

Band: Oasis

Phoning or texting? Phoning

Facebook or Twitter? “I use both extensively.”

Quote: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” — John Cassis

Vacation spot: Marbella, along Spain’s southern coast

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The new voice of Sporting Kansas City is a charmingly British one, belonging to a handsome announcer named Callum Williams. The 21-year-old Birmingham, England, native has a soft spot for frozen yogurt and women who smell like strawberries. Swoon.

He also has a girlfriend (sorry, ladies).

Williams dropped an announcing gig for BBC radio when Sporting Kansas City lured him across the pond to call play-by-play and present television broadcasts. He had skipped college in favor of experience at his local radio station.

“So far I think it’s safe to say that was the right choice,” he said.

He’s stoked to cover Major League Soccer, but the job switch isn’t without challenges.

“Certain words are different over here, and I have to be very careful,” he said. “For example, ‘pitch’ means ‘field’ in the UK. ‘Changing room’ means ‘locker room.’ And obviously, ‘football’ means ‘soccer.’ ”

The biggest challenge of all, he said, is coaxing Kansas City into the team’s new stadium, Livestrong Sporting Park, which opens June 9 when the team plays the Chicago Fire.

“It’ll be difficult to pry people away from the likes of baseball and basketball,” he said. “But as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

You can catch him Saturdays on KSMO-TV for all Sporting Kansas City games, at 9:30 p.m. Sundays on KSMO-TV for “Off the Pitch,” a weekly review show, and regularly off duty at Yogurtini near the Country Club Plaza.

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