The Hosts

Chris Walker

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Marisa, Chris, and Alan make up the "Fair Weather Podcast". Each bring a unique perspective to the podcast and they hope that you enjoy the pod.  Feel free to reach out with a thought or a question to @fair_pod on Twitter.

Chris Walker

My name is Chris Walker, but some call me Cdub or Walker and both trump any reference to how my name is one letter short of being Christopher Walken’s namesake. 

 

But hey, sometimes you need more cowbell. 

 

My exposure to run of play, stat tracking, and analysis stems back to the early days of becoming a die-hard Crimson Tide fan and keeping up with the NBA during the Jordan/Magic era. 

 

It all tells a story. I love to tell the story and do so from different vantage points. 

 

I caught a glimpse of the beautiful game in 1998 during the FIFA World Cup. Out of all the teams playing, I chose to support France. I saw more of the game a year later in college as my roommates were on a scholarship to play soccer at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock.  

 

I never played the game, but my love for things has never been a hands-on experience. It has come from hours of studying the numbers to ultimately speak the language. 

 

My affinity for soccer roots from my support of all my ties to California soccer. I’m a huge LA Galaxy fan and now there’s a chance to support a team, from day one, that is near my hometown of Riverside California. 

 

Excited to bring you Player’s perspective, run of play analysis, and comedic relief this season.

Alan Underwood

Having taught music in California public schools for the past 16 years, I decided I needed a new hobby. I had been following Dike Anyiwo's Soccer Nation podcast when he alerted his audience to this league called The USL and I was hooked. I wanted to support lower tiered and local soccer, and The USL gave me that opportunity.

I played soccer at a young age, but as I became more interested in other activities I had to decide between soccer and music, and I chose the later. I had an on-again/off-again interest in the beautiful game. If something or someone was doing something good, I paid attention. I watched the occasional World Cup game or occasional MLS game (Landon Donovan being a key factor in that). It wasn't until I went to my first live soccer match between the USWNT and Brazil at the "Q" that I fell in love with the game for good this time.

I joined the local AO chapter, chose my European team, and started going to Sockers matches. This all pointed me in a new direction which ended up with a couple of guys from Orange County bringing me in to create content for the USL Championship side there. I covered the team, wrote for both the Orange and Black SoccerCast website and official team recaps. I really enjoyed getting to interact with the players, coaches, and especially the supporters. That is why I decided to start this thing and I am stoked to get to work with Marisa and Chris and bring the soccer community "The Fair Weather Podcast".

Marisa Cali

With a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego, I had many opportunities to venture into following my time in college. Not knowing where my career was headed, I knew for sure that I wanted to live in New York City. Just after my 22nd birthday, I bought a one-way plane ticket, started searching for an apartment and eventually, moved to Queens in early 2003. 

 

While exploring my way through the big city, I tried various jobs from retail to real estate and even dabbled in direct marketing. The ups and downs of the city challenged my perseverance and after a few bumps in the road, I found my calling in digital marketing in 2007 shortly after moving back to San Diego.

 

Unsurprisingly, I was determined to get back to the city so I made a move to a larger digital marketing agency in 2008 and moved to the Bronx.

 

After a good stint working for agencies in New York City for over 5 years, I moved back to San Diego to be closer to my family. In 2015, I went back to school and earned my Strategic Online Marketing professional certificate because I live by the motto of "Never stop learning and stay curious". In 2018, I had the privilege of teaching social media marketing within the same

Professional Studies program and to this day continue to educate and empower others on how to use social media for good. 

 

Over the last 2 years, I have helped local business leaders overcome their fear of being on camera by showing up consistently and getting people comfortable with live streaming and showing themselves on social video. 

 

Blending my passion for soccer and my vast digital marketing knowledge brought about opportunities to work with two local soccer clubs (NC Battalion, SoCal Surf) as well act as the West Coast team leader for an online sports media outlet (www.nutsandboltssports.com) at U.S. Soccer matches in the Southern California area. In the Fall of 2019, I had the honor of attending the invite-only espnW Women + Sports Summit in Newport Beach which brought together #womeninsports with the goal of empowering each other in the industry and discussing how to continue to be heard in the sports world, as fans, and as professionals.

 

I love waking up early for Arsenal matches with the San Diego Gooners and have helped

organize local food drives and charity footgolf tournaments throughout the year that benefit

local non-profit organizations.

 

During my free time, I love to travel and visit historical sites including very old cemeteries.

 

My favorite city is New Orleans due to its architecture and Southern hospitality. I am intrigued by the Latin language and never miss an opportunity to catch live music.

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