Mike Perez

Host / Graphics / Producer

Born and raised in the state of Florida, Mike grew up visiting Orlando as many times as possible to see his favorite basketball team, the Orlando Magic. He played in his local youth soccer league for a few years and, at the time, decided that the sport wasn't for him. Later on he discovered the true beauty of the game through his love for Manchester United. After watching and breathing soccer for almost a decade, Orlando City soccer was born. Following the team in the USL to their inevitable debut to the MLS, Mike is ecstatic to finally have a local team that he can support and be a part of. Mike currently resides in Clearwater with his wife and newborn son with frequent visits to Orlando.

Ryan Williford

Cast / Music / Social Media

Ryan didn’t like baseball very much as a young boy, so he took up soccer at the age of 10. His playing career was rather anonymous, but he somehow made the roster of a very good St. Petersburg High School varsity soccer team. He was often the guy who set up cones at practice and kept stats for all the good players. Nonetheless, Ryan has fond memories of sharing the pitch with some very talented players who loved to nutmeg him at practice. Although Ryan wasn’t very good at playing soccer, he was good at watching it. In 2004, he stumbled upon a live broadcast of an Arsenal game and has been hooked ever since. Ryan resides in his native St. Petersburg with his wife. Having experienced Tampa Bay Mutiny games in his youth, Ryan is very excited to finally see the return of MLS soccer to his home state. He is also a fan of purple, which makes supporting Orlando City a natural fit..

Tommy Puglia

Marketing/Analytics

Tommy was born into an Italian family on Long Island, NY, but for whatever reason did not follow the beautiful game as a boy. Fate would intervene in the form of the 2006 World Cup and as Tommy stumbled upon a group stage match he soon realized everyone on the Italian National Team could have passed the eye test as a member of his family. A true epiphany occurred: soccer was in his blood and he has never looked back. Addicted to analytics (SQL, R Languages) and a lover of “The Old Lady” (Juventus F.C.), Tommy combines his love of the sport with his passion for data.Tommy works behinds the scenes to optimize The Purple Mane’s online presence and grow its listener base. He has a great affection for Orlando City CB Aurèlien Collin due to his uncanny resemblance in playing style and appearance to legendary Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro. Working with some of his closest and oldest friends, he couldn’t be happier to take part in this project. He lives with his wife in the Clearwater, FL area.