Bretos attended the Judith Weston Acting Studio in Los Angeles, California, and formerly played for Santa Monica Rugby Club. Bretos earned a degree in international relations from Florida State University in 1994.
Bretos worked as a broadcaster for Fox Soccer Channel from 1998–2010, where he was the longest-serving broadcaster in the network's history. His broadcasting catchphrase was "Schelotto, yeah!" In January 2010 he resigned from FSC to take a position with ESPNews.
On February 18, 2012, Bretos used the term "chink in the armor" in reference to New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, an Asian, while on air as an ESPNews anchor. He was suspended for 30 days. "My wife is Asian, I would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community," apologized Bretos on Twitter. Spero Dedes was another announcer who used that reference.
Bretos whose parents are both Cuban exiles, has been at the forefront of advancing the Hispanic presence at ESPN. In Summer 2013, he interviewed Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig in both English and Spanish. In September 2013, He also co-hosted ESPN's Hispanic heritage special "One Nacion".
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