There is more to announcing soccer games than just saying – no, screaming – "GOAL!!!" for as long as one possibly can.
If you watched any of the coverage leading up to the U.S. women’s team victory over Japan on Sunday night, then you watched some of the finest TV journalism in the sports world courtesy of Fox Sports.
A part of that team, analyst Kyndra de St. Aubin, has a Milwaukee connection. Now working with Fox Sports out of the Phoenix market, de St. Aubin once reported the news updates on 540 ESPN WAUK-AM.
"The Wave was one of the teams I covered," de St. Aubin said during an interview last week while she was preparing for her coverage of a semifinal game in Vancouver, Canada. "I worked at 540 ESPN doing the Sports Center updates."
de St. Aubin hails from Wisconsin and played soccer for the University of Minnesota. She said she was grateful for the opportunity and time in Milwaukee, getting a foundation in sports coverage with the Brewers and the Bucks.
Her road from here to the World Cup coverage wasn’t an easy one, she said.
"It took a lot of work. I don’t have the ‘international playing experience’ or other standout items on the resume like others have," she said of her making the Fox broadcast team. "So I had to work really hard for it."
From sideline reporting of FIFA and professional men’s games, to providing in-studio analysis, de St. Aubin, enjoys every part of the coverage.
"We had to call a game off monitor," she said of the World Cup coverage. "But for the most part we are traveling."
The latest win by the U.S. team, along with others in the past, has thrust a spotlight on soccer. Something that is good for the sport, as well as athletics among a younger generation.
When asked if she had any advice for young girls who want to stay competitive and move forward, de St. Aubin offered a little advice.
"I was recently asked the same sort of question a little while ago," she said. "I may have given an answer that wasn’t popular … But, I said that they should get involved in as many sports as possible."
The diversity of a sports background may not make the most harden of fans of a specific sport – like soccer – the happiest. Most coaches and organization members say as much practice to specialize in a single sport is the best way to go.
de St. Aubin has proven that it was her interest in many sports that led her to a successful career in broadcasting. But her love for soccer allowed her to take part of her year to work with the Fox team, and become an analyst on the world’s largest stage for the world’s most popular sport.
NEW SHOW: Fox News Channel will launch a half-hour weekend real estate series, "Bob Massi is the Property Man" at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Massi, a legal analyst and Las Vegas real estate attorney, will showcase the various facets of the housing industry and feature several experts who will break down the current property trends and pricing deals. He also will offer practical advice to businesses and families who have encountered difficult real estate situations following the housing crisis.
"Bob Massi will provide our viewers with invaluable insight and expertise on the trends of a constantly shifting real estate market. We are pleased to have him join our weekend lineup," said Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News.
The first episode will focus on the Las Vegas real estate market, which is rebounding from the dramatic declines it suffered during the financial crisis. Massi will analyze how Las Vegas is leading the way in rebuilding the American dream and examine what people can do financially to recover from the housing crisis.
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