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Post by PilotNut on Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:03 am

This is very cool... I hope a lot of fans call in for this event, and that we get more of them in the future!! Set your calendars for tomorrow night!


Womenís Soccer Fan Forum Set for Tuesday at 7:30 PM

University of Portland womenís soccer fans will have an opportunity to call in and ask questions to coach Garrett Smith and selected players in the first-ever LIVE Fan Forum on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Fans can call-in and talk directly to Coach Smith as he discusses the teamís spring training and next seasonís expectations as the team prepares to host the United States Under-23 National Team on Saturday at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex.

Fans can dial in toll-free anytime beginning at 7:30 p.m. to 1-877-229-8493 and enter the PIN 14784. Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to all players and coaches participating on the call, as well as participate in fan polls and get other exclusive information about the womenís soccer program.

The Fan Forum is expected to last approximately one hour, or until all the questions have been answered.


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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by Stonehouse on Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:24 pm

This is definitely something fans should do. It's very, very cool that they are doing this for us, but we need to take advantage of it! I'm expecting lots of good questions from everyone. Smile

And spread the word too... the more people that call in, the more likely they will do stuff like this for us again!

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by Auto Pilot on Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:59 pm

Anybody know the format/technology? . Speaker phone with everyone talking at the same time?. Or will you just be plugged into the coaches one v. one. It seems the appeal of the event would be for everyone to hear the questions clearly one at a time and the answer without any back round noise?

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:15 pm

I'm guessing it'll be a radio talk show format, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by PilotNut on Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:46 pm

I dont know the specific format, but I think Geezer is probably right... all call-in listeners will be in "listen only" mode, and then can push something on the phone if/when they want to ask a question, and then they will be called on by the operator...

The technology being used has already been used by some pro sports teams, so I think it will be a good presentation.... I would love to see a pre-season call, as well...

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by onetouchfutbol on Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:13 pm

That is very cool. It doesn't seem like much notice though. How else have they publicized this event? I'll call in and invite a few friends...

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:22 pm

If you were a season ticket holder, you got notice of it a couple of weeks ago.

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by A_Fan on Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:07 pm

And it was posted on this forum on April 7th.

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by UPSoccerFanatic on Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:53 am

According to The Oregonian, the two players who will be participating in the call are Kelsey and Keelin.

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by PilotNut on Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:04 pm

Feel free to hop in the PilotNation chatbox during the call, to share thoughts, reactions, etc, as the event progresses...

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Post by PilotNut on Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:55 pm

Hmmm, maybe I should offer a reward for anyone who can work the phrase "Pilot Nation dot net" into the call/broadcast...

lol!

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Post by Auto Pilot on Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:00 pm

PilotNut wrote:Hmmm, maybe I should offer a reward for anyone who can work the phrase "Pilot Nation dot net" into the call/broadcast...

lol!

Is the server up to the task? hehe

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by onetouchfutbol on Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:57 pm

This really beats finishing up my taxes on Turbotax by a longshot... I'm really excited about the season now. If anyone road trips to see games at UW, let me know. I'll be there.

34% say that this player will be our leading scorer next year:

http://www.portlandpilots.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=1353&path=wsoc

Will that prediction come true?

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by PilotNut on Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:45 pm

Bravo! Very nice production... Jason Brough did a great job leading the call, and Coach and the players were their usual classy selves, and gave thoughtful, honest answers!

It was great to thear them talking about the fans so much... we are so lucky to have such smart, dedicated fans.... and in case anyone doubted it, they said with no uncertainty that the loud crowd DOES impact the game...!!!

Congrats to the Athletic Department for putting this on. I vote for more of them. Very Happy

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by GUPhantom on Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:19 pm

Yes! Bravo! Loved it! Very informative! Great questions by the callers! And even more insightful answers by Coach, Keelin and Kelsey! It'll be nice if they could do something like this on a regular basis during the coarse of the season...pre-game?...post-game? Rotate players?

GO PILOTS!!! cheers

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by harryb on Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:25 pm

Some of us that were not able to be on the call would love to hear a little bit about what was discussed.

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by jc on Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:40 pm

One piece of news from the conference call: Coach Smith said that Kassi McCluskie is progressing well and he expects that she will be able to practice starting in July or August.

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by purple haze on Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:36 pm

It would be great if the athletic department could post the call as a podcast.

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:22 pm

Anther thing Garrett focused on was that he thought some players coming in would be able to contribute immediately. He mentioned Cloee Colohan specifically as the best known player, but he also thought other freshmen would contribute. That included the local three and mentioned Molly Klier as a player who could help by virtue of her being a natural left side player. At one point he talked about being able to use all the talent UP had in house to our advantage by being able to find places for them all and perhaps using them all in a game.

He addressed the challenges of going to a hostile environment (Texas A&M and SMU) and he and the players all talked about how to deal with those challenges (heat, big crowds, etc.)

He also mentioned the challenges of running the program with Lauren gone and Lisa in California. He actually saw Lisa in the MLS as a positive, in that she was down South in the hotbed of Southern California recruiting while she was playing in the MLS.

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:25 pm

And my MLS you mean WPS.... I'll chalk this one up to potential Pliny depravation

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Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:15 pm

Very charitable that you would consider depravation a cause for anything.....

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by Auto Pilot on Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:23 am

Garrett actually said the wealth and depth of talent this year will make his job harder to make sure he uses players wisely.

I think all the talk about going into hostile environments and different climates was pretty much dismissed by Kelsey and Keelin. Keelin actually said she would take it as an insult if anyone blamed a result on the weather. Kelsey has traveled to the four corners of the earth to play so they pretty much know what to do under different conditions.

Garrett's take on the benefit having Lisa in Southern California to scout players was interesting. I wonder if she will have enough time away from the Sol to see many youth games.

I thought I heard him saying something about Kelsey scouting SoCal players too. Maybe it was just a joke maybe not. She knows most of the local top club coaches very well. Perhaps he is envisioning a scenario in the future where she does some recruiting for the University.

His description of the perfect storm that resulted in us getting to play the defending Division I champ in our opening weekend last year was classic. Hopefully we will see some similar luck in the future.

I love to hear Garrett talk because if you listen carefully he reveals a wealth of information.

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:46 am

I don't have any specific details, but I heard that well over a hundred people called in.

Think about that for a second... well over 100 people called in to do a Q&A with a women's soccer coach. In April.

If Portland doesn't have the best fans in the country, I don't know who in the heck does.

Kudos to all of you and many thanks for making Pilot soccer so special!

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by aleppiek on Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:07 pm

Anyone know if there are plans to podcast that conference call for those of us that couldn't call in?

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Re: Fan Forum Conference Call Tuesday

Post by PilotNut on Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:49 pm

aleppiek wrote:Anyone know if there are plans to podcast that conference call for those of us that couldn't call in?

I asked that very question... and the answer was that they didnt know, but were working on it yesterday. Since this was a "test run" for the process, they didnt know if the company behind the technology was going to release the recording, or how expensive it would be to do so, etc...

I would think the Athletic Department would want to have the podcast out there, so fans realize what they missed out on... it would make a great advertisement for the next one...

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