Shaka Hislop is an ESPN Soccer analyst and standout former professional football (soccer) player who, as a dual national citizen, played for both England and his native Trinidad & Tobago, making history as the starting goalkeeper on the T&T national team’s first ever World Cup match in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was also the first member of the Trinidad & Tobago World Cup squad to be inducted into his country’s Sporting Hall of Fame.
Shaka appears as a pundit on ESPN FC, ESPN’s daily global football news, information and highlights program. He joins former EPL stars Craig Burley and Steve Nicol and ESPN’s on-the-mark Irishman Tommy Smyth, former Major League Soccer players Alexi Lalas, Taylor Twellman and Alejandro Moreno, for ESPN FC’s lively discussion and analysis of global football’s hottest topics Sunday through Friday on ESPN2. Hislop was in the same role for ESPNSoccernet Press Pass, the football discussion show which aired on ESPN Sunday to Thursday throughout the Caribbean and around the world on ESPN International’s English-language networks. He is also a co-commentator ESPN International’s telecasts of the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, amongst others.
Shaka played over 400 games in combined league and national team competition during his 15 year career. The vast majority was in the Premier League as a goalkeeper for Newcastle United, West Ham, Reading and Portsmouth. During his time at Newcastle United the team placed second in the Premier League for two successive seasons under Kevin Keegan’s first tenure. He also played under manager Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth and for England under-23s, along with being an unused substitute in one England friendly. Shaka retired from football in 2007 after a successful season with Dallas FC in MLS.
In addition to his ESPN broadcasting career, he spends time with emerging soccer talent as goalkeeping coach for Quinnipiac University.
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