20 Years of Major League Soccer: Dwight Burgess
In my second installment celebrating 20 years of Major League Soccer, I interview longtime Columbus Crew SC broadcaster, Dwight Burgess. Often times in sports, broadcasters become synonymous with the team they call games for, and this certainly rings true with Columbus Crew SC and Dwight Burgess. Be it that he has been with the franchise since its inaugural season in 1996, he truly is “The Voice of Crew SC” and unofficially Crew SC’s designated team encyclopedia. From Brian McBride to Guillermo Barros Schelotto to Federico Higuaín, Mr. Burgess has narrated the ups, downs, and everything in between of the Columbus franchise.
Dwight is a one of a kind broadcaster, with his trademark voice, passionate delivery, and astute knowledge of the game. His contributions to soccer and MLS are nothing short of remarkable, as he has been a phenomenal ambassador for Crew SC and the league throughout the 20 year span of Major League Soccer. If you have yet to experience the pleasure of watching or listening to a Crew SC broadcast, do yourself a favor and tune in.
In episode 15 of the Crosky on Soccer Podcast, we discuss a myriad of topics in the world of soccer; from his long fruitful career within the sport as a player, broadcaster, and coach to what he would do as MLS commissioner for a day. Dwight also touches on the future of Major League Soccer and FIFA. Now without much further ado, here is my thoroughly entertaining 30 minute conversation with the voice of Columbus Crew SC, Dwight Burgess. Dwight Burgess Interview via YouTube
Dwight Burgess returns for his 20th season with the club, bringing more than three decades of soccer-specific broadcast experience. He has called the action for a variety of national and international soccer events, including XM Satellite Radio’s 2006 FIFA World Cup coverage. He spent two years as the radio play-by-play announcer for Ohio State men’s basketball and hockey. He also has ample soccer coaching experience, having started as the Assistant Head Coach at The Ohio State University for two years before progressing to Capital University. Burgess led Capital’s men’s and women’s programs to six conference championships and three NCAA Tournament berths combined.
Dwight was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the small town of Centerville, Ohio, Burgess also played in back-to-back Ohio High School Athletic Association Final Four matches while at Centerville High School. He split his college tenure at DePauw University and at University of Dayton. He was twice selected to development camps for the U.S. Men’s National Program for soccer, scored two goals in international friendlies and earned multiple state, regional and national honors in his playing career. Burgess was a member of the champion squad that secured victory at the Ohio State Olympic Games as well.
(Bio from ColumbusCrewSC.com)