Keith Costigan (right) is the Seattle Sounders’ new play-by-play broadcaster for its televised broadcasts. / Seattle Sounders FC
courtesy SportsPressNW.com Feb 11 2016
The Seattle Sounders announced Wednesday that FOX Sports’ Keith Costigan is their play-by-play broadcaster for TV, and tapped longtime pre-match radio host Matt Johnson to do play by play on the radio. For the first time, Seattle will have separate broadcasts for local radio and TV.
Costigan, from Dublin, began his playing career in the League of Ireland with Bray Wanderers and Monaghan United, before playing collegiate soccer in the U.S. and a two-year spell with the USL Portland Timbers. From there, he joined FOX Soccer Fridays, initially as a ponytailed barman behind a faux bar on set.
From there, Costigan impressed Fox’s media heads with his insight and wit, moving up the ranks to his current role in a play-by-play capacity for FOX’s Bundesliga and Europa League broadcasts, duties which he will continue while with the Sounders.
Costigan said that he was traveling to England when he got the call, saying that the Sounders play-by-play job was open following Ross Fletcher’s departure from the club.
“I came up here for a visit, and I talked to several people, other people in the industry, too,” said Costigan. “The consensus was that this is the big gig in MLS, so I worked with my bosses at FOX and figured out a way that this could work and that I could give one hundred percent to the team.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be on board.”
Johnson is a familiar voice to those who follow the Sounders via radio; he served as the pre-match, halftime,and post-match radio host from 2009 to 2014. Johnson spent 11 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as executive producer of the Seahawks Radio Network, after almost a decade at 950 KJR in Seattle.
Previously, the game audio on the radio broadcast used the same audio feed from the televised feed, but that is set to change with Johnson’s expanded duties.
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