Crew Broadcast Talent
Dwight Burgess - Play-by-Play, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
2014 marks the 19th season for Dwight Burgess in his role as the “Voice of the Crew” on the Crew’s TV broadcast. Burgess, the lone remaining staff member from the inaugural 1996 MLS campaign, brings a wealth of experience to his role.
A broadcast veteran of more than three decades, Burgess has called the action for a variety of national and international soccer events, including XM Satellite Radio’s 2006 FIFA World Cup coverage. He also spent two years as the radio play-by-play announcer for Ohio State men’s basketball and hockey.
An accomplished player, Burgess carved out a highly successful coaching career including 18 seasons in charge of the nationally ranked Capital University men’s and women’s soccer programs. Under his direction, his Crusader teams captured six conference titles and earned three NCAA Tournament berths, while Burgess was recognized four times as the Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a nominee for National Coach of the Year in 2007.
Burgess currently serves as the Director of Operations for the Centerville United Soccer Association.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Centerville, Ohio, Burgess also played in back-to-back OHSAA Final Four matches while at Centerville High School. He split his college tenure at DePauw University and at University of Dayton. He was twice selected to development camps for the U.S. Men’s National Program for soccer, scored two goals in international friendlies and earned multiple state, regional and national honors in his playing career. Burgess was a member of the champion squad that secured victory at the Ohio State Olympic Games as well.
Chris Doran - Color Analyst, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
Chris Doran returns for his first, full season as television analyst on the Columbus Crew broadcasts. Doran joined the broadcast effort in June of last year, following the departure of Duncan Oughton and called the remainder of the campaign alongside Dwight Burgess in the booth.
Doran is also a soccer play-by-play host and analyst for FOX Sports and the Big Ten Network. He was the TV analyst for the Chicago Fire from 2007-2010 and sideline reporter for the Fire from 2003-2006.
His soccer broadcasting career began in the late 1990s, calling national championships for his alma mater Indiana University. In 2001, he was a substitute host for Dwight Burgess on the Crew radio network and in 2002, became the first English radio announcer for the Chicago Fire. Since then, he’s served in a number of freelance rolls for the MLS All Star Game, SUM Communications, FOX Soccer and CBS College Sports.
Doran holds a US Soccer “B” license and has coached at the club and high school levels for over 20 years. He is an adjunct lecturer in Journalism at Indiana University and runs Bloomington Soccer, a company that offers indoor soccer leagues and instructional classes for all ages, in Bloomington, Indiana.
The Long Island, NY, native played at the club level through college and enjoys recreational league play now. His passion for the “Beautiful Game” is shared (if not, tolerated) by his girlfriend, Sheila Zintsmaster, and his children, Patrick (Lauren and son, Jackson) and Maggie Doran.
Ashleigh Ignelzi - Sideline Reporter, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
Ashleigh Ignelzi joined the Crew broadcasts in 2009, making 2014 her sixth year and fifth full season on the sideline. Ignelzi is also a sports anchor, reporter, host and writer.
Since 2007, Ignelzi has covered national and international soccer for FOX Soccer, Sky Sports and FOX Sports Ohio, college football and basketball for the Big Ten Network, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, the NFL for FOX NFL Sunday and professional golf, football and basketball for ESPN the Magazine.
Ignelzi has worked as sideline reporter for the Guinness International Champions Cup, the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in addition to her current sideline duty for the Crew. She has assisted in hosting the club’s team awards ceremony every year since her arrival. Ignelzi was also the host and feature reporter for “Game Time with Urban Meyer” and “Inside Ohio State Athletics” on FOX Sports Ohio, where she has been able to broaden her skills by developing story ideas. In 2013, she served as a College Football Analyst on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel for the Mid-American Conference. Additionally, Ignelzi serves as Fox Sports Ohio’s sideline reporter for its high school football “Game of the Week” and is the digital host for one of the most esteemed stops on the PGA Tour, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
Prior to joining the Crew broadcast, Ignelzi worked for ESPN the Magazine, where she covered the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and PGA Tour. Other unique opportunities in her career include working with Newcastle United FC, as a guest host for their digital content. During her stay in England she was a guest commentator on Sky Sports and the BBC.
Her career began in 2007 with WBNS-10 TV /Ohio News Network in Columbus, Ohio where she was a sports anchor and host for the “Average Joe Sports Show,” a live, weekly sports talk show. Ignelzi is a 2007 graduate of Otterbein University.
English Radio Talent
Neil Sika - Play-by-Play, 95.5 The Game
2014 marks Neil Sika's eighth season as the Crew's radio play-by-play announcer. He began calling games for the Black & Gold as a fill-in in 2004.
Additionally, Sika provides coverage on The Ohio State IMG Sports Network. He was the voice of Ohio State hockey (2003-08) and baseball (04-05). He is also the host and lead announcer for the FBU National Championship, the premier youth football event in the nation.
The Strongsville, OH native served as an analyst on Miami Univ. hockey telecasts from (08-12) and called five OHSAA State Hockey Championship games in that time span.
His national credits include work for the Big Ten Network, ESPN3, Time Warner Cable SportsNet, and Sirius/XM's coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
John Bluem - Color Analyst, 95.5 The Game
2014 marks John Bluem’s eighth season as the Crew’s color analyst on the Black & Gold’s English radio broadcasts after joining the talent team in 2007.
Bluem also serves as the Head Coach of The Ohio State University’s Men’s Soccer program. The most successful era in Ohio State soccer began 17 years ago when head coach John Bluem took over the reins of a program that had finished above .500 just twice in the previous decade. In his first season, Bluem took that team to an 11-7-2 record and its first appearance in a Big Ten title game, accomplishments that would serve as merely a preview of what was to come.
Since then, the list has continued to be nothing short of impressive: four Big Ten titles, 15 Major League Soccer draft picks and all eight of Ohio State's appearances in the NCAA tournament, including four in the last seven years and the 2007 College Cup.Now in his 18th season with the Buckeyes in 2014, the three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year is coming off a 5-8-5 season in 2013 that ended with four players earning All-Big Ten honors.
A 2002 entrant into the Hartwick College Hall of Fame, Bluem is Ohio State's all-time wins leader with a 171-126-48 (.561) record in Columbus. His career record entering 2014, which includes six seasons at Fresno State, stands at 257-153-60 for a .611 winning percentage and a Top 35 position among active NCAA coaches in both number of victories and percentage.
Under Bluem, Ohio State won outright Big Ten championships in 2000, 2007, 2009 and won a share of the league regular-season title in 2004, while taking the tournament crown in 2007 and 2009. In six of the last eight years, the Buckeyes have finished either first or second in the league's regular-season race in a conference that is annually in the Top 3 of the RPI league index. For this, he has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (1999, 2004 and 2009), the most of any active conference coach, bringing his career total conference coach of the year honors to six.
After his collegiate career as a fullback at traditional soccer power Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., Bluem was drafted by Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League, a team that went 16-6 and won the Soccer Bowl his first year. He played for two seasons with Tampa Bay.
Bluem earned his master of arts in physical education from the University of Akron in 1984. He received his bachelor of science in secondary education from Ohio State in 1980 after completing a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History from Hartwick College in 1975. The 60-year-old Syracuse, N.Y., native lives in Columbus with his wife, Bethany, and has a son, William, a graduate of Ohio State, and daughter, Amy, a senior at Ohio University.
Spanish Radio Talent
Carlos Cordova - Play-by-Play, 103.1 La Mega
Play-by-play man Carlos Cordova is in his sixth season with the Crew’s Spanish radio broadcast, joining the broadcast team in 2009. He served as a sideline reporter and later as color analyst before taking the play-by-play reins in 2010.
Prior to joining the Crew broadcast, Cordova worked as a salesman on Hispanic radio stations in Columbus and participated as a guest host on a soccer radio show “Passion de Gol.” from 2006 to 2007. In 2008 he began hosting his own soccer TV show, “Passion de Futbol” on Azteca America in Columbus – a role he continues to hold. From 2007-2012, he also had his own radio show “Fiebre futbolera.”
In 2009, he was a field reporter for the FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches in the United States and served in a similar role in 2013. Additionally, he worked on the broadcast team for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Born in Mexico City, Cordova came to the United States in September, 2005. All of Cordova’s family lives in Mexico except for his older sister who lives also in Columbus. He has been married for two years and has a one year old named Iker. Cordova holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and loves football and everything that has to do with it. A fan of Real Madrid, Cordova watches all of their games. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with my family and friends and loves extreme sports.
Juan Valladares - Color Analyst, 103.1 La Mega
Juan Valladares is in his fourth season on the Crew’s Spanish radio broadcast, having re-joined the Black & Gold team in 2013 after serving as a sideline analyst during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns.
Born in Honduras, Valladares received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from University of JFK in Honduras before entering an eight-year media career in Central America before beginning work in the United States. He worked in radio from 1994-1996, providing coverage of professional soccer before becoming a co-anchor on Channel 25 TV in Honduras from 1995-2002. He worked for Radio America Deortiva from 2002-2008.
Valladares joined the Azteca America broadcast team to work on “Passion de Futbol” as co-anchor in 2009 and assisted in coverage of CONCACAF Gold Cup coverage in 2009 and 2010 and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers nationwide from 2010-2013.