Introducing the team of announcers who will be featured in Lifetime’s National Women’s Soccer League game of the week.
Jenn Hildreth will be the play-by-play announcer, Aly Wagner the analyst, Dalen Cuff the pregame host and sideline reporter and Kate Markgraf, analyst and pregame host.
Jenn Hildreth – Play-by-play
A versatile broadcaster who has covered women’s soccer as a play-by-play announcer, host, analyst and reporter, Hildreth served as play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and has been filling the same role for ESPN’s coverage of college soccer, including the 2016 NCAA Women’s College Cup. She is well known to NWSL fans for announcing in the 2015 and 2016 seasons and Championship games. Hildreth’s resume also includes play-by-play duties for basketball, softball and gymnastics, as well as sideline reporting for football, basketball and baseball. In college, Hildreth played goalkeeper at Emory University, where she lettered in basketball, soccer and track and field.
Aly Wagner – Analyst
A former U.S. women’s national team player, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup participant, Wagner served as an analyst on FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup and works on its USWNT matches. Wagner was featured on-air talent at the 2017 NWSL College Draft. After winning the MAC Hermann trophy as the top women’s college soccer player in 2002, Wagner was the No. 1 selection in the 2003 Women’s United Soccer Association draft. She played several years in the WUSA and Women’s Professional Soccer.
Dalen Cuff – Pregame host and sideline reporter
As a host/reporter at Comcast SportsNet New England, Cuff covered Major League Soccer and the New England Revolution. He hosted “Revolution Post-game Live,” the Emmy nominated bi-weekly show, “State of the Revs,” and wrote for CSNNE.com. He worked for NBC Sports Network, most recently as part of NBC’s Olympics coverage in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. A former basketball player at Columbia University, Cuff is a college basketball in-game and studio analyst for ESPN.
Kate Markgraf – Analyst and pregame Host
An analyst for NBC Sports Group’s Premier League and USWNT coverage, Markgraf was a member of NBC’s Olympic soccer coverage for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. She became the first women analyst to work a major men’s soccer tournament to air in the United States, during ESPN’s coverage of the 2016 European Championship. A former starting defender on the USWNT from 1998-2010, Markgraf earned two Olympic gold medals and a silver. In 1999, she was a member of the U.S.’s championship side at Women’s World Cup and went on to finish third in 2003 and 2007. She played in the WUSA and WPS. Markgraf was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she was a three-time All-American.