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Has it been two months already?! It has, and the June 2012 issue of Our Game Magazine is out. This could only mean one thing: another special edition #WPSchat featuring Our Game Magazine. The issue is full of great articles– some of my favorites are ‘Adversity Abroad’, ‘Performance’, ‘Veronica Boquete’ and ‘Women’s Soccer Journalists’.

Ever wonder what types of struggles American footballers playing in foreign leagues face or what it takes to become a top player at the highest level? ‘Adversity Abroad’ and ‘Performance’ gives us insight into those questions and will be the featured articles of the chat.

Q1: Adversity Abroad (page 19 – 23)

  • What are some of the largest off-field struggles for American players abroad?
  • What are some of the largest on-field challenges face by American players abroad?
  • What might the clubs, agents, or city officials of the players do help?

Q2: Performance (page 10 – 11)

  • What does it take to become a top player at the highest level of football?
  • What impact does working on your individual game away from the team have? Is this good or bad? Why?
  • What are the obstacles young athletes face that prevent them from reaching their goals?
  • What does a young athlete need to do in order to reach their goals? Is there a formula for success? What is that formula?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

Our Game Magazine June 2012 Issue – Our Game Magazine June 2012

Welcome to another special edition #WPSchat with our friends at Our Game magazine.

The US Women’s National Team has been in the spotlight over the past month due to their domination in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the Olympic games. Most notably is the young talent that was on display in the final versus Canada where Alex Morgan scored twice and assisted on two more for the US. The youth movement is prevalent in the US national program, no more so in the next star on the scene– Morgan Andrews.Ryan Wood, editor at Our Game magazine,  had the opportunity to sit down with the rising star. We asked Ryan to join this week’s chat to discuss the article, the player, and the youth movement. You will find the interview on page 20 of the February issue.

A week ago,WPS released big news that the 2012 season would be suspended. Since then players have been vocal from posting elaborate blogs to tweeting concern, disbelief, and support. That ripple was felt as well by Our Game Magazine who had an interview feature with then new member of Sky Blue FC Manon Melis by Ciara McCormack. A funny story for the crew at the magazine came out of it (we’ll let them tell it though.) You will find the interview on page 5 of the February issue.

We here at Pitch Side View are excited to be partnering with Our Game again to bring you this chat. Make sure you check out these articles and others in the current issue of Our Game magazine.

Q1: The Youth Movement (Player profile Morgan Andrews) with Ryan Wood

  • What was is like interviewing the rising star?
  • Is her off-field personality different from her on-field personality?
  • How soon do you see her making the jump to the first team?
  • Give us some highlights of her career?

Q2: Center Stage (Manon Melis) with Ciara McCormack

  • Tell us what happened when you learned the news of WPS suspending the 2012 season?
  • What did you have to do to get the article ready to go for this issue?
  • What is next for Manon Melis?
  • What were her thoughts on WPS suspending the 2012 season?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

Welcome to another special edition #WPSchat with our friends at Our Game Magazine.

Recent events have shone a light on the business side of sports– be it the WPS sanctioning or the NBA and NFL contract disputes. As I was reading the December issue of Our Game Magazine, I was reminded of the human side of this sport. The Letter from the Editor set this tone for me where Editor-in-Chief Tiffany Weimer talks about how her life has changed thanks to soccer. Throughout the issue, I kept seeing this theme from The Ali Krieger Story which chronicles one player’s inspirational story to Officially Famous that spotlights the best women referee tandem. These talented people may not have the chance to shine if not for the opportunities offered them by top leagues like WPS.

All too often, business takes the center stage in sports. In business, many times economics out-weighs social responsibility and humanity. In WPS, I’d go as far as to say the reverse is the case– whether we realize it or not. Should WPS fail, the impact will be more than one more failed business venture. There are real consequences in terms of the jobs of players, referees, front office staff, and coaches, not to mention the dreams of American youth, the progress of current players and the sport itself.

We here at Pitch Side View suggest you check out these articles and others in the current issue of Our Game Magazine.

Q1: The Human Side

  • What does the possible closure of WPS mean for players?
  • What does the possible closure of WPS mean for referees?
  • What does the possible closure of WPS mean for coaches?
  • What does the possible closure of WPS mean for soccer programs, organizations, and camps?

Q2: The Progress

  • What loss in the gender equality of soccer and sports will be seen?
  • What loss in the progress and development of women’s soccer will be seen?
  • Will it be a step back or road block for the dreams and aspirations of soccer folks? Why?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

WPS received a boost in popularity and attendance from the coverage of FIFA’s 2011 Women’s World Cup. But even before all that media, WPS was being covered by bloggers, and to a lesser extent major publications and the TV networks. Though not at the level that hardcore fans would like, finding news about the league is a far cry better than it was in the inaugural season.

The chat this week will look to find what works with these outlets, what could be improved, and where you get your WPS news.

Q1: The Bloggers

  • What is the impact made by this outlet to the promotion and success of the league? How could the league promote this channel?
  • What is it that you look for most from this outlet and why?
  • What type of content would you like to see from bloggers?

Q2: The Major Publications

  • What is the impact made by this outlet to the promotion and success of the league?
  • What is it that you look for most from this outlet and why?
  • What type of content would you like to see from major publications? Does that change whether the publication is online or print?

Q3: The Major Networks

  • What is the impact made by this outlet to the promotion and success of the league?
  • What is it that you look for most from this outlet and why?
  • What type of content would you like to see from major networks?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

Welcome to another special edition #WPSchat with our friends at Our Game Magazine. We’ll be discussing two articles from the latest issue.

Ever wonder what a professional athlete goes through in the off-season to prepare for the upcoming season? The article Rest and Recovery, Regeneration: Preparing for Next Season in this month’s Our Game Magazine tells us how the best of the best get ready for the season ahead. The chat will discuss how a player treats off-season training impacts their performance during the season.

At the highest level of women’s soccer, the performance gap between the national teams is closing and closing fast. American universities and soccer programs offer international players an opportunity to train that remains unparalleled. The article Living and Playing the American Dream in this month’s Our Game Magazine covers the experience of several international players who are playing the game they love and continuing their education. The chat will look at this opportunity presented to international players and how it impacts the game at the highest level.

We here at Pitch Side View suggest you check out these articles and others in the current issue of Our Game Magazine.

Q1: Next Season Preparation

  • What impact does training in the off-season have on a player’s conditioning for the up-coming season?
  • What are the benefits or detriments of playing year round for a player?
  • What is the best approach to off-season training– team or individual training? Why?

Q2: Living and Playing the American Dream

  • What impact does international recruiting by US universities have on the development of the US game?
  • Do you see international players learning and developing under US university soccer programs as a benefit to the game? How?
  • In recent years, the disparity in play at the highest level has closed. Do you think there a connection correlation between this and the rise in international players playing for US Universities? Why or why not?

Join us on Monday at 8pm ET to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to TwitterTweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

The latest issue of Our Game chronicles the story of Sydney Leroux, a young player who finally finds her way to the top. Not only is she currently playing at UCLA, Leroux is likely to be a top pick in this year’s WPS draft.

During the WWC, we saw younger talent like Alex Morgan and Lauren Cheney step up and make critical contributions to the USWNT run for the cup. Younger players can bring a lot to their teams with speed and skill. But they might not have the same levels of maturity that more experienced players bring to the game. In this week’s chat, we’ll explore this dynamic and how it affects the WPS.

Q1: What assets do younger players bring to their teams?

Q2: How can coaches integrate their younger players with seasoned veterans?

Q3: Which young players in the WPS do you see making critical contributions to their teams?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

First things first, congrats to our friends at Our Game Magazine on their successful and meaningful first year. It is with great honor that us here at PSV are once again teaming up with OGM to deliver a special #WPSchat. This week we will take a look at and discuss soccer at the highest level as seen in the June issue: the creative art of soccer, music in soccer, and a coaches view on the Brazilian National Team and the 2011 WWC.

Q1: Creative Soccer. Freestyle and street play have made their way into the highest levels of US sports and changed the game.

  • How do you see freestyle/street play changing the entertainment of soccer in the WPS?
  • Who is your favorite creative player in the WPS and why?
  • What are the technical skills gained from freestyle/street soccer?
  • What are some of your favorite freestyle moves?
  • What countries are the best at freestyle/street soccer?

For more information see the article and videos Soccer is Art (pages 40-41) by Indi Cowie.

Q2: Music and Soccer. Music and professional sports go hand in hand these days, from the athletes getting pumped for the game to in-game entertainment for the fans and sometimes even the culture of the sport.

  • What role does music play in US professional soccer today?
  • How does music shape your in-game or televised soccer experience?
  • What is your favorite in-game song and why?

For more information see the article Game Day Beats (pages 54-59) by Manya Makoski.

Q3: Coaches View. Kleiton Lima has had many successes in his career, will he add a WWC championship to it.

  • What impact will FIFA’s five-time player of the year winner, two-time WPS player of the year winner, WPS WNY star, and Brazilian National Marta have on the 2011 WWC in Germany?
  • What are your expectations for the Brazilians in the tournament?
  • What other national team would you like to see the Brazilians play?

For more information see the article 1 on 1 with Kleiton Lima (pages 46-49) by Beto Alfaya.

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

The start of the 2011 WPS season is right around the corner and your friends at Pitch Side View and Our Game Magazine are once again teaming up to deliver a special #WPSchat. This week we will look at and discuss the player experience as describe in the April issue: what it takes to bounce back from an injury, development of players at every level (skills and tactically), and the sacrifices they have made to do what they love.

Q1: Player Injuries.

  • Which is tougher to overcome after an injury, the physical rehab or the mental rehab?
  • Is there a player from last season that recovered particularly well from injury?
  • What importance does the supporting cast have in a player’s rehab?
  • What is importance of setting goals and reaching them?

For more information see the article Mental Toughness (pages 22-26) by Manya Makoski.

Q2: Player Development.

  • What is the difference in skills development vs. tactical development?
  • Does tactical development help players who may be less physically gifted to be great players?
  • What importance does player development have in the growth of the sport?

For more information see the article Player Development Revolution (pages 18-19) by Anthony DiCicco.

Q3: The Sacrifices.

  • What is to be said of the players who have given up other professional careers to play in the WPS?

For more information see the article Hidden Talents (pages 36-39) by Ciara McCormack.

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

In honor of the diversity of #WPSchat Tweeps all over the world and two big women’s soccer tournaments commencing, this week’s chat will broaden its view to cover the world of women’s soccer. The discussion will be on the Algarve Cup, the Cyprus Cup, and the WPS preseason.

Q1: The Algarve Cup.

  • What teams have surprised you or exceeded your expectations?
  • Has the play of any WPS player in the tournament peeked your interest?
  • Who are the biggest winners and losers of the tournament thus far?
  • Who do you see winning the tournament?

For coverage of the cup, check out US Soccer and Our Game Magazine.

Q2: The Cyprus Cup.

  • What teams have surprised you or exceeded your expectations?
  • Has the play of any WPS player in the tournament peeked your interest?
  • Who are the biggest winners and losers of the tournament thus far?
  • Who do you see winning the tournament?

For coverage of the cup, check out All White Kit and Our Game Magazine.

Q3: The WPS Preseason.

  • On paper who is the team to beat (check out preseason rosters)?
  • Which team on paper has the best backfield?
  • Which team on paper has the best midfield?
  • Which team on paper has the best frontline?

For more coverage of the WPS preseason, check out  The Equalizer and the WPS.

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

We’ve got a special chat in store for you this week. In collaboration with Our Game Magazine, we will be discussing “Player Values” which is featured in the latest issue (check out the article on page 10 of the February issue.) With their help, we will dig deep into this topic on what it is, how to measure it, and the usefulness of it in business and coaching decisions.

Q1: The Definition.

  • What is a player’s value?
  • How is a player’s value determined (on-field performance vs. off-field likability or is it a combination)?
  • Does the definition differ depending on the lens it is being looked at through (GM, coach, or player agent)?

Q2: The Measurement.

  • What are the key measurements used to determine a player’s value?
  • Would a uniform standard for measurement be of value and any ideas of what that should include?
  • Should on-field contributions be more heavily favored over off-field marketability?

Q3: The Application.

  • What impact does/would player values have on the WPS?
  • What value does player value have in the decisions for GMs, league offices, coaches, agents, and players?
  • Is there any one WPS franchise doing a better job in applying player value?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

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