Keith Costigan, introduced Wednesday as the new play-by-play voice of Seattle Sounders regional telecasts, has a résumé that includes 11 years of broadcast experience, including Fox coverage of the German Bundesliga and UEFA Europa League as well as Univision’s English-language coverage of Major League Soccer.
But follow that résumé further back in time and you come across his days playing for the Sounders’ archrival: the Portland Timbers, then of the USL.
“I’m not going to hide from the fact that I played for Portland,” Costigan said. “But I’m part of this Sounders organization now and moving forward. I’m excited about that.”
Costigan lives in Los Angeles and will continue his duties with Fox. However, he is expected to be in the booth for all regionally televised Sounders games, and he said he will be in the Northwest as often as possible.
He will share the booth with Olympia native Kasey Keller, a former Sounders and U.S. national team goalkeeper.
For its radio voice, Sounders FC selected Matt Johnson, a Seattle native whose connections to the sport and the club date to his childhood.
“We started going to Sounders games in the ’70s at Memorial Stadium,” Johnson said. “We had season tickets at the Kingdome. We are the typical Seattle soccer family.”
Johnson was part of Sounders broadcast from 2009-2014, serving as a prematch, halftime and postgame radio host and handling “Sounders FC Weekly,” a 60-minute radio show. He also has spent the last 11 seasons as executive producer of the Seattle Seahawks radio network.
In his new duties, he will share the booth with a rotating set of analysts, including former Sounders Danny Jackson and Wade Webber and Seattle University coach Pete Fewing.
The twin hirings mark the first time the club will have separate voices for the television and radio broadcasts. Sounders FC’s three previous lead broadcasters — Kevin Calabro, Arlo White and Ross Fletcher — handled both duties in simulcast.
Costigan and Johnson agree that fans should benefit.
“It’s a totally different call,” Costigan said. “To call the game when you know people are watching you can use the pauses in the game a lot more. On the radio, it’s totally different. You want to know what’s going on. You can’t see a screen: You want to know every single second of the game.”
Thirteen of the Sounders’ 34 regular-season games will be carried on JOEtv, eight on Fox, and the rest on other national networks. Root also will show nine matches across the Northwest but outside of the Seattle-Tacoma market.
KIRO 97.3-FM will remain the club’s radio home for all matches. El Rey 1360-AM will handle the Spanish-language broadcasts with “Zuper” Mario Rodriguez handling the play-by-play and Felipe Maqueda as analyst.
A team of Sounders reserves outscored FC Tucson of the Premier Development League, 3-0, in a 60-minute scrimmage Wednesday. Myron Samuel, Aaron Kovar and Damion Lowe scored goals. … After the morning work, the club flew back to the Northwest, where players will enjoy a few light days before departing for the next phase of training, from Saturday to Feb. 18, in Walnut, California.