AUSTIN, Texas – Austin FC, the 27th Club in Major League Soccer (MLS), has announced that Adrian Healey will join the Club as Executive Director of Broadcast and Content in 2021. Healey brings over 25 years of broadcast experience at the highest level, both domestically and internationally, to Austin FC where he will lead Austin FC’s English-language broadcasts when the Club begins play in 2021. Healey joins Austin FC by way of ESPN where he has broadcast more MLS matches as the lead play-by-play voice than any other broadcaster in ESPN’s history.
Healey’s domestic career began on radio in Boston. In 1998, he was recruited by the New England Revolution as the Club’s play-by-play commentator and studio host for TV and radio. In June 2003, he moved to ESPN to serve as host and play-by-play commentator on an array of ESPN’s soccer coverage, including MLS, Liga MX, English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga, among others.
“I'm beyond excited,” said Adrian Healey. “Austin FC has put all the right pieces in place to be a sensational addition to MLS. Austin is dynamic, diverse and culturally thriving, and it is already a vibrant soccer city. To be offered a front row seat to the debut of Austin FC was a unique and alluring opportunity. My profound thanks go to ESPN for enabling this move, and I will continue to contribute to its coverage periodically. From December, my focus, my soccer and my life becomes Austin. I’m verde now.”
“Adrian’s broadcast accomplishments place him in elite company within our sport, and we are honored to have such a talented commentator lead Austin FC’s broadcast team,” added Andy Loughnane, Austin FC President. “Adrian will bring a wealth of experience to our English-language broadcast coverage, and just as importantly, Adrian will become a key contributor across a variety of Austin FC content and outreach platforms.”
One of the most decorated commentators in the history of American soccer broadcasting, Healey’s career highlights include:
- Most MLS play-by-play broadcasts in ESPN history (+250)
- Eight seasons as lead MLS play-by-play commentator (2011 - 2018)
- Six MLS Cups (2012 - 2015, 2017, 2019)
- Five UEFA Champions League Finals (2010 - 2012, 2014, 2015)
- Three FIFA World Cup Finals (Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014)
- Three UEFA European Championships (Austria-Switzerland 2008, Poland-Ukraine 2012, France 2016)
- Two FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals (China 2007, Germany 2011)
- One Summer Olympic Games (Beijing 2008)
- One Copa America (2019)
Healey will remain in his current capacity with ESPN until December 2020 and will relocate to Austin ahead of the 2021 MLS season.