About D.J. Switzer

Soccer player, writer, fan, podcaster and enthusiast... in no particular order. Writing from an American footie fan's perspective at www.wrongsideofthepond.com from Cincinnati, USA.

#Pondcast summer special 3: cincinnati soccer media roundtable

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We’ve been talking about recording a podcast live at our favorite neighborhood soccer pub — friends and soccer evangelists, Rhinehaus, in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district — for just about as long as the #Pondcast has been around. And just as the stars finally aligned to make it a reality with a really cool cast of guests too… we realized it was way too loud to record there on a typical busy night.

But even though we had to divert to a location without beers on tap, we still had an amazing discussion with three additional members of the Cincinnati Soccer media — WVXU’s Tana Weingartner (@TanaWeingartner), The Enquirer’s Patrick Brennan (@PBrennanENQ) as well as former intern Charlie Hatch (@charliehatch_). And on the agenda was the incredible summer of soccer we’ve had here in the US and Southwest Ohio, all framed by the looming arrival of Crystal Palace in the Queen City for what is arguably the biggest ever event in Cincinnati soccer history.

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#Pondcast summer special 2: from santiago to east rutheford

 

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One major international tournament is now over. Another major international tournament is now halfway through. So this seems as good of time as any to bust out our second #Pondcast Summer Special of 2016!

So what’s in store? D.J. and Jeremy welcome on Carlos Mojica (@CD_Mojica) of Centro Deportivo and Enganche podcast fame on to the show to talk about his experience covering the Copa América Centenario final and the rest of the tournament. We also delved into the US team’s performance in the Copa and where they go next. And we left plenty of time for the European Championships before getting into our Winners & Wankers once again.

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#Pondcast summer special: the donald trump of american soccer

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Well, it took just a month for us to get the itch to get back together and record yet another #Pondcast. Which is good, because we literally had people asking about when the next one would drop. Never mind that there are two major international tournaments going on with the Euros and Copa Centenario, or that the USMNT aren’t doing too poorly in one of them either. There’s also the small matter of several domestic leagues to contend with, particularly ones that have teams in Ohio to reflect on. And though we advertised differently earlier on, we brought back our former intern and current Cincinnati Enquirer writer Charlie Hatch (@charliehatch_) to join in on the discussion.

Also, stay tuned for a few more summer specials… as there’s certainly no shortage of football to talk about this summer.

Get involved in next future podcast by shooting over your questions or topic suggestions. Hit us up on social media links at the bottom of the page, or send an email to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com. And don’t forget you can subscribe below too.

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WSOTP pod: season 3 “finale”

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With the ending of the Premier League season, that also means it’s the pseudo-end of the #Pondcast season too — we will be doing some special episodes throughout the course of the very busy summer of soccer to come. And in this “final” episode of Season 3 of the podcast, D.J. and Jeremy take a look back at their (very poor) preseason predictions, share their thoughts on each of the 20 sides in the 2015/16 season, as well as share listener submitted end of season eulogies — including the thoughts from special guest David from Sixth Day Soccer (@6thsoccer) to provide some Arsenal Ying to D.J.’s Tottenham Yang.

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a whole new experience

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EDITOR’S NOTE: In a trend that will look to continue more in the near future, this is yet another guest post on WSOTP. This time it features to aspiring journalists detailing their experience of their first time in a professional grade press box. You can find out more about the authors at the end of the post.

Hi there: we’re India Kirssin and Charlie Mackenzie, two young journalists for the Mason High School student newspaper The Chronicle. And on April 2nd, we had the opportunity to attend the FC Cincinnati home opener as members of the media.

The press box at Nippert Stadium was like nothing we had ever seen before. It was beautiful, with the ceiling to floor windows overlooking the field leaving us in awe. We wandered around before the game in an effort to see everything and couldn’t stop saying, “This is awesome.”

Being able to see the press box and watch other journalism professionals working was an amazing way for us to get real world experience in sports media and game day coverage. As student-journalists we are still trying to find our way through the ever changing world of journalism, broadcasting and communications, we are appreciative of every opportunity that presents itself to us. The press box was fast paced and professional and we were just as impressed by the kind, dedicated people working behind us as the exciting game being played out in front of us.

FC Cincinnati is full of extremely talented players, all with high hopes for this team and this city. Watching the game from a bird’s eye view was incredible — it allowed us to take in the action in a completely new way. The first goal, a magnificent scissor kick by Ugo Okoli, was absolutely incredible. We were able to see it perfectly and it was just as impressive to a soccer player like India who has been to many professional soccer games as it was for a tennis player like Charlie at his first pro game. It was the perfect first goal for Nippert and for the season.

Seeing the fans turn out in impressive numbers and watching their excitement from above was also exhilarating and really helped us see the huge impact FC Cincinnati will have on our community. The press box — as we learned after the first goal — is a no-cheer zone because of its working environment, and while this was hard for us to adjust to, it amplified the cheers from the audience and showcased the spirit of soccer fans in our city. Considering Cincinnati’s past history with professional soccer, this is a positive sign for those of us who want to bring pro soccer back into Cincinnati’s sporting culture.

As high school journalists, we are often looked down upon by authorities when trying to cover large scale events. That wasn’t the case on April 2nd. We felt very welcome covering the FC Cincinnati game and we look forward to any other opportunities to cover the team in the future.

And we both would like to thank the entire communications staff, especially Fumi Kimura and DJ Switzer, for allowing two bright-eyed, eager high school journalists to have an incredible experience.

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India Kirssin & Charlie Mackenzie 
Both juniors at Mason High School in Northern Cincinnati, India and Charlie are both on staff of the school paper, The Chronicle. India is a long-time soccer player and has been featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer and will be one of editors of The Chronicle in her senior year. Charlie is a tennis player and features regularly in the sports section of the paper.

WSOTP pod: i’m not dead yet

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After nearly a month away from the #Pondcast, co-host Jeremy Lance returns to the booth — electronically at least — with the declaration that he is not yet dead. And even better, his extended stay in the hospital afforded him ample time to take in all of the football that’s transpired over the last few weeks. So he’s well prepared to talk with D.J. again about topics such as Leicester’s trophy presentation the races for the top four and relegation zones, the Champions League semifinals and even a bit about the domestic game.

Get involved in next week’s podcast by shooting over your questions or topic suggestions. Hit us up on social media links at the bottom of the page, or send an email to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com. And don’t forget you can subscribe below too.

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WSOTP pod: this is not the greatest sports story ever

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A new #Pondcast on a Tuesday isn’t something we’ve been able to pull off recently, but we’re back on schedule again — this week at least. On this latest episode, Adam Maloney (@maloneyam34) rejoins us-as a guest host again to reflect on Leicester City’s now official Premier League title and Spurs’ spursing it away to them by surrendering a two goal lead at Chelsea. The guys also spend some time chatting up the remaining fights for the remaining top four and relegation spots. Too, there was time to delve into the Champions League semifinals before rounding things up with the normal weekly segments, including an abbreviated return of Question of the Week.

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WSOTP pod: we asked about ugo

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In the world of soccer, there’s hardly a weekend that goes by where something seismic doesn’t rattle the internet. This weekend was no different. There were enormous results at the polar opposite ends of the Premier League. In Major League Soccer, the results weren’t necessarily earth shattering — but LA Galaxy’s Nigel De Jong provided a leg shattering tackle. And down US the pyramid, FC Cincinnati logged huge news both on and off the pitch — and we welcome on FCC’s Sean Ugo Okoli to talk about the part he played in the historic night at Nippert Stadium. All of that is feasted upon by the guys in the latest #Pondcast, plus your usual weekly segments.

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WSOTP pod: they’re gonna win the league

wsotp-podcast-3-34.fwThe thirty-fourth episode of the third season of the WSOTP Podcast clocks in at a little over 55 minutes, which will likely come as a relief for our listeners that sometimes tell us we’re a little long-winded. But what can you expect to find in this somewhat abbreviated episode? The guys discuss what looks to be the end of a Premier League title fight and Spurs readjusted priorities. Too, there was a rundown of the weekend’s MLS action. And how could we not mention last week’s USA-Guatemala World Cup Qualifier in Columbus, which both D.J. and Jeremy attended — though in very different capacities. The usual weekly segments make their appearances, too.

Want to get involved in our weekly conversation like the listeners whose questions we answered today? Then get in touch with your questions or topic suggestions for next week’s episode by way of the social media links at the bottom of the page, or by sending an email to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com. And don’t forget to subscribe below to automatically receive the newest podcast every Tuesday.

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WSOTP pod: our very own alec baldwin

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No Premier League? No problem! We might be in the throws of yet another international break, but there’s still plenty to chat about this week. For example, there’s Jurgen Klinsmann and the US Men’s National Team trying their best to cause a meltdown in American soccer circles. Too, there was the start of the USL season to contend with — and we welcomed back Chad Hollingsworth (@chadholl) of Scratching the Pitch to get us up to speed in the third division. And in addition to the other regular segments of Winners & WankersFantasy Update and League 2 Watch, we also bring back the Question of the Week segment to ask you listeners, “Who are the players you love from the teams you hate?”

But, just because we asked a question this time around, that doesn’t mean that you still can’t ask us questions to cover on the next episode. Give us a shout on social media or drop us a line to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com. And do us a solid and subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or via RSS using the links below.

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