Time Warner Cable Deportes Announces On-Air Team Dedicated to Coverage of the LA Galaxy

Time Warner Cable Deportes today announced the on-air team that will be dedicated to its comprehensive coverage of the LA Galaxy. Among the list of seasoned presenters are Martin “El Pulpo” Zúñiga, Elmur Souza, Enrique Aníbal Gutiérrez, Hipólito Gamboa, Ricardo Celis and Samuel Jacobo.

The announcement comes ahead of the network’s exclusive telecast of the LA Galaxy match against Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles on February 19 live from the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Known for his 14-year career as a professional soccer player in Mexico and the United States, Zúñiga will continue as soccer analyst for the network and lead commentary for all LA Galaxy games. Prior to joining Time Warner Cable Deportes last fall, Zúñiga called soccer matches for the Mexican soccer league, Major League Soccer, Fox Deportes, KWHY-TV’s “Mundo Deportivo Polémico” and Azteca America including the UEFA Champions League, Copa Libertadores and Italy’s Serie A.

Recognized as the “Aztec Narrator of the U.S.,” for his enthusiastic play by play delivery, Jacobo is the most recent addition to the team at Time Warner Cable Deportes and will accompany Zuniga in the broadcast booth providing play-by-play commentary for all LA Galaxy games on the network. Prior to joining the network, Jacobo was a broadcaster for Fox Deportes, HBO, ESPN Radio Los Angeles, Prime Ticket and KMEX Univision Los Angeles. His experience with on-air commentary extends into soccer, boxing and basketball, covering events such as Copa Libertadores and the World Cup.

Souza is lead team and soccer analyst for the network and will be charged with covering every aspect of the LA Galaxy. Souza will travel with the team throughout the season; he will attend and report on training sessions and lead all sideline commentary for the team. Souza spent seven years working for Fox Deportes as well as working at TVC Deportes, Megacanal, ESPN Deportes Radio, KWHY-TV’s “Mundo Deportivo Polémico,” Televisa Radio and other Mexican media outlets.

Covering the team through exclusive behind-the-scenes content and alternating as in-studio analysis will be the networks’ Enrique Aníbal Gutiérrez, Hipólito Gamboa and Ricardo Celis.

To enhance team coverage, special guest commentators including Christian Bozzo and Steve Sampson will also join the team during live game and in-studio presentations. One of the most accomplished coaches in the history of U.S. soccer; Sampson’s credits include work with Televisa Deportes, Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Univision bringing his expert analysis to events including the Euro Cup in 2010 as well as the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.

Summary of Time Warner Cable Deportes talent for LA Galaxy:

Samuel Jacobo, Play by Play
Martin “El Pulpo” Zúñiga, Lead Soccer Analyst
Elmur Souza, Team, Sideline Reporter
Enrique Aníbal Gutiérrez, In-Studio Host
Hipólito Gamboa, In-Studio Host
Ricardo Celis, In-Studio Host

Time Warner Cable Deportes and Time Warner Cable SportsNet are the exclusive local homes of the LA Galaxy. Both networks will announce details of their in-depth coverage of the team later this month.

The networks are available on AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Catalina Broadband, Champion Broadband, Charter, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. To find out where you can find the programming of both networks visit www.twcdeportes.com and www.twcsportsnet.com or call 1-800-700-2827 or 855-4-MY-LAKERS (in English).

About Time Warner Cable Sports

Time Warner Cable Sports, a division of Time Warner Cable Inc., encompasses Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes, two regional sports networks that will launch in Southern California on October 1, 2012. Time Warner Cable Deportes is the first-ever Spanish-language regional sports network and will be produced specifically for Southern California’s Spanish-speaking viewers. Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes are two 24/7 high-definition networks that, through their exclusive partnerships with the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Sparks and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), will bring fans more than 150 live events, extensive team coverage and behind-the-scenes access unlike anything they have seen before. For more information, visit www.twcsportsnet.com and www.twcdeportes.com. Follow the networks on Twitter @TWCSportsNet and @TWCDeportes and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TWCSportsNet and www.facebook.com/TWCDeportes.