Columbus Crew SC today announced it has renewed its partnership with La Mega 103.1 FM for Spanish radio broadcasts. La Mega is set to air the club’s full 34-match Major League Soccer schedule, beginning tomorrow with the season-opener on March 7 at Houston. Juan Valladares provides the play-by-play of the action with Javier Mijangos serving as the analyst.
2015 marks the fifth consecutive year of the partnership between Crew SC and La Mega.
"We are pleased to continue our partnership with La Mega 103.1 for Spanish-language radio broadcasts,” said Crew SC President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane. “Columbus is known for its diverse culture, and La Mega will help us serve the rapidly growing and important Spanish-speaking population of our region."
Valladares enters 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.
Mijangos, born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, broadcasted for Stereo Exitos before partaking in the development of a new sports program for six months prior to coming to the United States. He has been involved with the game of soccer since he was seven years old. In 1997, Mijangos graduated from the Estatal Telesecundaria institute. He currently lives in Columbus.
"La Mega 103.1 are excited to continue our partnership with Columbus Crew SC," said Josh Guttman, President of TSJ Media. "Over the years, the growing Hispanic community of Columbus has become great fans of Crew SC and the Spanish-language content we provide. We look forward to another successful year with our partners, Crew SC."
The Black & Gold begin their 20th season on March 7 at Houston and return home to MAPFRE Stadium for the Opening Match on Saturday, March 14 against Toronto FC at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tickets are available at www.ColumbusCrewSC.com. For a limited time, fans can purchase a $26 Upper Level ticket to the Opening Match and only pay $18 courtesy of MAPFRE Insurance. To take advantage of this limited-time offer, fans should visit www.ColumbusCrewSC.com/AllofColumbus.
Fans can also enter to win an all-access pass to MAPFRE Stadium in the form of a pair of tickets to every public event held at the venue during the 2015 calendar year, such as Crew SC home matches, Rock on the Range 2015 and more. Fans can enter at www.ColumbusCrewSC.com/MAPFRE, with the sweepstakes ending on March 31.