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Joe Tutino: Play-by-Play
Joe Tutino will once again tap in to the knowledge that comes with a nearly 23-year career in sports talk radio, one in which he has provided coverage of every major sport in the United States, all the while showcasing his creativity and vast knowledge to the audience. In addition to Galaxy games, Tutino has also called matches for Fox Soccer Channel and the San Diego Flash of the A-League. In 1999, Tutino and broadcast partner Rick Davis made history as they broadcast that year’s All-Star Game over the Armed Forces Radio Network, a first for the league. Additionally, he has served as the public address announcer for U.S. National Team games at Qualcomm Stadium and filled that same capacity for the inaugural game in Galaxy history on April 13, 1996 against the MetroStars at the Rose Bowl. Tutino has also built two all sports radio stations (XTRA Sports 690, the first all sports station on the west coast and the Mighty 1090). In 2005, Tutino took on a new challenge becoming the Program Director of CASH 1700, the new home of the Galaxy. In 2006, Tutino launched his very own company, Pioneer Broadcasting, which took over the responsibilities of ten Galaxy matches in 2010. Tutino’s voice can also be heard on Fox Soccer Channel, announcing the Italian Serie A. In 2007, Tutino returned to sports radio, taking over as Director of Operations and Programming for XX Sports Radio (1090am/105.7fm), Southern California’s heritage sports talk station. In the fall of 2007, Tutino became a midday co-host on XX Sports Radio, teaming with longtime colleague John Kentera. The two can be heard weekdays afternoons from noon to 3 p.m. and he continues his role as Director of Programming and Operations for the sports radio giant. A native of San Diego, Calif., Tutino has a degree in communications from Columbia School of Broadcasting in Los Angeles. He resides in his hometown of San Diego.
Cobi Jones: Color Analyst
A true Galaxy legend who scored the first goal in club history and spent 12 years representing the club as a player and then three more as an assistant coach, Cobi Jones returns as the network’s lead analyst for a second straight season. One of the most recognizable names an faces in soccer in Southern California, Jones is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame as well as the Galaxy’s all-time leader in games played and assists.
He captained the Galaxy to their first-ever MLS Cup title in 2002 while also serving as the club’s captain for their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship in 2001 and the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup, when LA were crowned the best club in the region. In 2005 he was part of the Galaxy’s “double” winning team that won both the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup, giving him five championships during his time with the club.
His impressive club career, which included stops in Brazil with Vasco de Gama and England with Coventry City, is matched by an illustrious career with the U.S. National Team. The all-time leader with 164 caps for the U.S., Jones played in the FIFA World Cup three times, leading his country to the tournament in 1994, 1998 and 2002. He scored 15 goals from midfield in his 12-year career with the National Team, helping them win the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002 while also playing at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona following a successful college career at UCLA.
He retired from the game following the 2007 MLS season and joined the club as an assistant coach ahead of the 2008 campaign. He kept that role, while also serving as the interim head coach for one game following Ruud Gullit’s departure in August 2008, through the 2010 campaign, after which he left the club to join the New York Cosmos as their Associate Director of Soccer.
In addition to his successful playing career in MLS and internationally, Jones is also experienced in the world of television, broadcasting games and serving as an in-studio analyst for ABC/ESPN, NBC and FOX, with who he called a number of the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League games in 2011.
Kelli Tennant -- Sideline Reporter
A former college volleyball player at USC, Tennant transitioned to an on-camera role working as a reporter for TrojanTV All-Access and providing color analysis for USC men’s volleyball match webcasts. Tennant has also worked on high school football telecasts for Time Warner Cable SportsNet and SoCal 101 and previously worked for Fox Sports, ESPN, the Pac-12 Network, Longhorn Network, the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and E! News.
Pete Vagenas -- Studio Analyst
A native of Pasadena, Calif., Vagenas played for the Galaxy in nine of his 13 seasons in MLS. He was selected by the club with the 23rd overall selection in the second round of 2000 MLS SuperDraft. The St. Francis High (La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.) and UCLA product made his pro debut on May 24, 2000, against the New England Revolution, scoring on his debut in stoppage time of a 2-1 loss. He was appointed the club’s permanent captain ahead of the start of the 2005 season and led the Galaxy to “the Double” that year, winning both MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup.
During his career in MLS, Vagenas played for the Galaxy, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Chivas USA. He appeared in more than 250 combined regular season and postseason games in that time, winning a pair of MLS Cup titles (2002 and 2005 with the Galaxy) and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles (2001 and 2005 with the Galaxy, 2009 and 2010 with Seattle) as well as the 2002 Supporters’ Shield and 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup with LA.
Vagenas ranks sixth in Galaxy history in both games played and games started, starting 164 of the 183 regular season games that he appeared in for the club. The 35-year-old scored 14 goals and added 28 assists in his career, with all but three assists coming in a Galaxy uniform. He also added two goals and two assists in 19 postseason games, reaching the MLS Cup Playoffs eight times in his 13 years as a player, including in each of his first six seasons as a pro.
In addition to his club career, Vagenas, who has already completed the course work for his U.S. Soccer Federation “B” coaching license, represented the U.S. at the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also made two appearances with the U.S. National Team. At the Olympics, he finished with a team-high three goals as he helped lead the U.S. to a fourth place finish, the best finish by a U.S. team in Olympic history. Shortly after returning from the Olympics, he made his full international debut, coming on as a second half substitute in a 2-0 win over Mexico at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on October 25, 2000.
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Samuel Jacobo -- Play-by-Play
A veteran broadcaster with close to 20 years of experience, Samuel Jacobo joins Time Warner Cable Deportes as the networks’ lead play-by-play announcer for LA Galaxy games. Known for his unique and enthusiastic play-by-play delivery, Jacobo has previously worked for some of the most important Spanish-language sports broadcast entities in the U.S., including Fox Deportes, HBO, ESPN Radio Los Angeles, Prime Ticket and KMEX Univision Los Angeles. Nicknamed the “Aztec Narrator of the U.S.,” Jacobo is originally from Culiacan, Mexico.
Martin Zúñiga -- Color Analyst
A former goalkeeper for the Mexican National Team, Martín Zúñiga joins Time Warner Cable Sports as the lead analyst for LA Galaxy games on Time Warner Cable Deportes. Nicknamed “El Pulpo,” or “The Octopus,” for his prowess in goal, Zúñiga played for various teams in Mexico during his 14-year career, including Tigres de UANL, Chivas Guadalajara, Club Deportivo Celaya, Tecos UAG, Puebla y Veracruz. He also spent one season in MLS with Chivas USA before he retired and become a broadcaster.
Prior to joining Time Warner Cable Deportes, Zúñiga spent three years at Fox Deportes as an analyst and in-studio host for the network’s Major League Soccer coverage. He also was of the network’s team that covered Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League as well as Mexico’s Liga MX and Italy’s Serie A. Zúñiga is originally from Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Elmur Souza -- Sideline Reporter
One of the most respected reporters in Mexico, Elmur Souza joins Time Warner Cable Deportes as the network’s sideline reporter for LA Galaxy games. Souza, who traveled and covered the Mexican National Team for various outlets in Mexico, will travel with the Galaxy to away games and attend daily training sessions in an effort to provide the viewer the most comprehensive coverage of the team. Along with providing insight to what’s happening on the field from the sideline during the game, Souza is also the network’s postgame locker room reporter and the co-host of “Vámos Galaxy,” the network’s weekly half-hour show that covers all things Galaxy. Prior to joining Time Warner Cable Deporter, Souza spent seven years working for Fox Deportes as well as TVC Deportes, Megacanal, ESPN Deportes Radio, Televisa Radio and other Mexican media outlets. He was also a featured guest on Los Angeles KWHY-TV’s “Mundo Deportivo Polémico.” His extensive experience includes coverage of the top soccer leagues in the world as well as the FIFA World Cup in 2002, 2006 and 2010 as well as the 2004 and 2008 European Championships and the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.