Francisco X. Rivera, Nano Cortés tabbed as ESPN Deportes broadcasters - LA Kings Insider

Via the LA Kings:

LOS ANGELES – Play-by-Play Announcer Francisco X. Rivera and Analyst Nano Cortés will call the action this season as ESPN Deportes – the popular all-sports Spanish radio station – broadcasts 10 Los Angeles Kings games this season on ESPN Deportes 1330 Los Angeles KWKW-AM.

The games:
Thursday, November 1, vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 24, vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 6, vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 29, vs. Vegas, 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 12, vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, vs. Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 28, vs. Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, at Anaheim, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, vs. Anaheim, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, vs. Vegas, 7:30 p.m.

As announced in September, the games will mark the club’s first Spanish radio broadcasts since the 1997-98 campaign. The first broadcast will take place on Thursday, November 1, when the Kings host the Philadelphia Flyers at STAPLES Center during the Kings’ Dia De Los Muertos Night presented by Delta Air Lines.

Rivera has an extensive broadcast resume. For 12 seasons, Rivera has worked with Fox Deportes, serving as a play-by-play announcer and reporters for Major League Baseball games across the United States. In 2012 he became the youngest broadcaster to call a World Series game on Spanish television in the United States.

A long-time soccer commentator and reporter for FOX Sports, Rivera joined the network’s soccer coverage as a sideline reporter in the 2013 Gold Cup, and served as a feature reporter for FOX Soccer Daily on FS1. He covers major international tournaments and Mexico National Team games as a sideline reporter/insider. He has also called international and college soccer matches on FS1, FS2, Prime Ticket and FOX Soccer Plus. In June 2013 he became the first Mexican-born broadcaster on FOX Network.

Rivera has also worked with Fox Deportes, for 12 years, mainly as play-by-play announcer and reporter for Major League Baseball games across the United States. On October 24, 2012, Rivera became the youngest broadcaster to call a World Series game on Spanish television in the United States. He has also served as host and analyst of their NFL coverage, including Super Bowl XLVIII. He is also calls College Football action and hosts UFC events on the network.

Adding to his soccer experience, he recently joined the Spanish Radio booth of Major League Soccer’s 2018 expansion team, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), serving as analyst as well as occasional guest on the team’s Youtube TV shows. He was also the Spanish voice of the two-time Major League Soccer Champion LA Galaxy in its historical 2007 season featuring David Beckham.

Cortés, has a great deal of on-air experience having called NBA, NFL, Boxing, WTA and ATP plus Spanish, English, French and German Soccer league games since 2007.

He has also served as an official color analyst for Thursday Night Football for DirecTV Sports feed in LatinAmerica, and he has worked in a similar capacity calling Clippers games in Spanish for Fox Deportes Los Angeles for three seasons.

Cortés has also provided commentary for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Moncada has also successfully worked behind the camera, working as a freelance producer with DirecTV Sports, Time Warner Cable Sports/Spectrum Sports and Fox Sports, Fox Deportes.

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.