Emmy-nominated Ian Joy, who played professional soccer for 14 years, has been the lead analyst on the YES Network's New York City Football Club soccer telecasts since the franchise's inaugural season in 2015. In addition to his NYCFC work on YES, Joy also hosts the inspirational Joy To The World interview show which premiered on YES in February 2021.
Besides working at YES, he has been an analyst for CBS Sports HQ's UEFA Champions League and Europa League coverage since August 2020. Previously, Joy had worked as a FOX Soccer host and analyst, including working as a studio analyst during FOX' 2018 World Cup, UEFA Champions League and Europa League coverage.
The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country 16 of the last 18 years, is the exclusive regional television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, MLS' New York City FC and WNBA's New York Liberty. The network has won 134 New York Emmy Awards since its 2002 launch.
Joy played more than 250 league matches for five different teams in England, Scotland, Germany and in MLS. Joy's pro career started in Scotland before he moved on to England and then to Germany (playing for Hamburger SV and then FC St Pauli in the Bundesliga). After joining Real Salt Lake in 2008, he helped the team reach the playoffs that year, the first postseason berth in franchise history. After an injury-plagued start to the 2009 MLS season while with Real Salt Lake, Joy returned to Germany for a brief spell before accepting an offer stateside to captain the 2010 Portland Timbers team in what would turn out to be his last season as a player.
Following his retirement, Joy did TV and radio color commentary for FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake. Since August 2012, Joy has been a soccer analyst for beIN Sports, where he has held multiple roles including color commentator and studio analyst working on Serie A, French Ligue 1 and La Liga telecasts. He regularly appears on beIN Sports' The Locker Room, a studio show that discusses and debates controversial games of the weekend. He also hosted beIN Sports' 2014 World Cup studio show from Rio.
Joy was born in San Diego and raised in Scotland. He and his wife Nichole have three children - Madison, Alessandra and Harvey.