JP Dellacamera, the veteran American soccer broadcaster whose illustrious career includes calling Major League Soccer matches since its inaugural 1996 season, has won U.S. Soccer's Colin Jose Media Award for 2018, and will be honored at the upcoming National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Frisco, Texas, on Oct. 20.
Dellacamera joins a list of honorees dating back to 2004; the award was created in 2003, according to U.S. Soccer, "to honor the contributions of members of the print and electronic media, including reporters, columnists, authors, broadcasters, editors, public/media relations professionals and others who specialize in communications with respect to soccer in the United States." The award is intended for individuals with at least 25 years of service to the beautiful game.
"I am so honored and humbled to receive the Colin Jose Media Award, joining such a distinguished list of past winners,” Dellacamera said in a U.S. Soccer article on the award. “It is great to see the National Soccer Hall of Fame recognize those outside of the playing and coaching fields, as they pay tribute to others who have made significant contributions to the game.”
"Calling soccer games has not only been a passion of mine for so many years, but it's also a labor of love,” he added. “I have been fortunate in being able to call so many big games and big goals over the past few decades. Hopefully I will get to call more in the years ahead.”
An accomplished radio and television announcer for both soccer and hockey, Dellacamera has called nine consecutive FIFA World Cups on television or radio, and five FIFA Women’s World Cups, including the 1999 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups won by the US women’s national team.
He has worked as the play-by-player announcer for three MLS clubs: Columbus Crew SC, the New York Red Bulls and, currently, the Philadelphia Union. He also called many indoor soccer matches during the 1980s.