TV/English Radio Talent
Dwight Burgess - Host, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
Dwight Burgess returns for his 20th season with the club, bringing more than three decades of soccer-specific broadcast experience. He has called the action for a variety of national and international soccer events, including XM Satellite Radio’s 2006 FIFA World Cup coverage. He spent two years as the radio play-by-play announcer for Ohio State men’s basketball and hockey. He also has ample soccer coaching experience, having started as the Assistant Head Coach at The Ohio State University for two years before progressing to Capital University. Burgess led Capital’s men’s and women’s programs to six conference championships and three NCAA Tournament berths combined.
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.
Neil Sika - Host, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
Neil Sika joins Burgess in the booth in 2015, having previously served as the play-by-play announcer for the club's radio coverage over the past eight seasons. He began calling games for the Black & Gold in 2004 and formerly served as the voice of Ohio State hockey (2003-08) and baseball (2004-05). He is also the host and lead announcer for the FBU National Championship. His national credits include work for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the Big Ten Network, ESPN3, and Sirius XM's coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Ashleigh Ignelzi - Sideline Reporter, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
Ashleigh Ignelzi enters her seventh year and sixth full season on the sideline. Since 2007, she 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 SportsChannel, the NFL for FOX NFL Sunday and professional golf, football and basketball for ESPN the Magazine. She has worked as a sideline reporter for the Guinness International Champions Cup and the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in addition to her Crew SC duties. She previously served as the host and feature reporter for “Game Time with Urban Meyer” and “Inside Ohio State Athletics” on FOX Sports Ohio. In 2013, she served as a College Football Analyst on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel for the Mid-American Conference. Additionally, Ignelzi works 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. Ignelzi is a 2007 graduate of Otterbein University.
Spanish Radio Talent
Juan Valladares - Play-By-Play, La Mega 103.1 FM
Juan Valladares is entering his fifth season on Crew SC'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. 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 Deportiva 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.