Boston’s Derek Rae ready to call World Cup action

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During the course of this World Cup, you’ll hear many wonderful voices as part of FOX’s coverage: from American soccer mainstay JP Dellacamera and ’94 World Cup goalkeeper Tony Meola to Mark Followill and the soft-spoken Brit Warren Barton, there is plenty of experience when it comes to describing the action on the various pitches throughout Russia.

But one of the voices you’ll hear tops them all, as his rich Scottish tenor wraps you in a warm blanket and comforts you in the knowledge that you’re listening to a true pro at work.

And the best part of it? He’s one of you.

Starting with today’s Morocco-Iran match in Group B, longtime Boston resident Derek Rae will call a total of 10 group stage matches — and possibly more during the knock-out stages — alongside former US women’s national teamer Aly Wagner in what is his eighth World Cup.

Born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland, Rae emigrated to the United States in 1991, prior to the ‘94 World Cup. He served as FIFA’s press officer for the matches played at old Foxborough Stadium, while he lived just off Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton.

During those early days in the States, Rae caught Red Sox games during the Roger Clemens/Wage Boggs-era in the early 90s.