Player Highlight Week 10

Tyler Allen, Shin Nagahama, and Mike McKune

Week 10 Player Highlights

Each week, OSUFC will be highlighting three players so as to get to know them a bit more off the field. This week we will get to know Tyler Allen, Mike McKune, and Shin Nagahama.

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Tyler Allen, 3rd year Goalkeeper & Marketing Major from Lebanon, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food is either Chipotle or Panera, I go there at least 4 times a week. As far as music goes I’ll listen to really anything except Rap.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I’ve been playing for about 19 years.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “In addition to serving as the Media Director for OSUFC, I am also involved in Cru at OSU. I am on also the leadership team for Bridges International which is Cru’s international outreach ministry to the international students on Ohio State’s campus.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “After having a great internship this past summer I could really see myself working in brand marketing for a big time brand in the retail world. However, I am excited to continue learning about other industries and other careers in marketing.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “My favorite part of campus life is singing Carmen Ohio at the end of each sporting event. I love that we can all come together and take part in a meaningful tradition to show pride in our school.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I always set up the cones for the 2 warm up drills that the Keepers do. I feel like it gives me control of the box before the game even begins.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “Being on the team has allowed me to continue a passion of mine that I thought I would lose after coming to OSU. By giving me opportunities to have fun and be competitive, OSUFC is making me a happier person and therefore a better student, leader, and man.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “One would be our 4-3 win over Ohio University. Even though I was hurt and couldn’t play, it was amazing to see the team completely dominate the second half and play our best soccer to score 4 goals in 45 minutes. Obviously the other has to be beating Michigan in OT in the Regional Championship. The feeling I got when we scored the tying goal and the winning goal is why I play sports.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I’d like to think my legacy would be one of hard work. I never try to walk between reps and I’m always asking for more out of my fellow GK’s and teammates.”

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Mike McKune, 4th year Midfielder & Accounting Major from Chicago, Illinois

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite type of food is for sure my grandma’s Italian sausage and peppers. I enjoy a wide variety of music, from country, alternative, and folk rock…. pero la música española es la mejor!”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I have been playing soccer for the past 21 years and driving my mom crazy kicking a ball in the house since I was little.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I have been involved in Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity since my freshman year acting as a pledge coordinator for three semesters. I am also in the Accounting Honors Program, which has been my largest academic involvement.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I am still trying to figure out what the rest of my career holds for me, but I hope to be able to work for a company where I enjoy going to everyday, start my own, and/or create a foundation that will have a meaningful impact on younger students’ lives.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “The large amount of students from different backgrounds and cultures to gain new perspectives, ideas, and ways of life. There are many opportunities to make a large University feel small to create your own “families” outside your immediate family.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “TJ Schuster usually gives me the hang loose sign before each game and I like to give the others that I play with in the middle a little five. Also, as the President of the club I like to lead by example by being composed before games, so besides a couple of words before each game I don’t do a whole lot to try and motivate the team since I know that all the work that we did before each game has put us in a solid situation to win every game.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has helped me learn how to be a leader both on and off the field my first two years without a title, leading mostly by example without. My later two years acting as VP and President of the club has helped me with my organizational skills being involved in all aspects of the club including fundraising, social, back-end organizational work, and of course playing soccer. It has also helped me learn how to work with an executive board as opposed to performing every duty of an organization. OSUFC has also helped me realize that while soccer is still important in my life, it the experiences and relationships that I have formed through this sport that have meant more to me.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “Winning the National Championship in 2014 in Memphis along with the Women’s Club Team was an unbelievable experience. Having a dual championship like that and singing Carmen Ohio was awesome. I think I have taken for granted having a very successful club experience the past 4 years with 3 Regional Championship and a National Championship, which is why this past Regional Championship where we won against Michigan in OT has also been a highlight of my OSUFC career since it is my last year.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “Apart from winning regional and national championships throughout my four year career with OSUFC, I hope that the younger players will look to me as an example of a player who has worked day-in and day-out on the field to push myself and every player to perform better. I hope that they will look at me as a meaningful mentor who they could reach out to for anything, from career to personal advice. Everyone in OSUFC has continued to play soccer since we all love this sport and love to still compete at a pretty competitive level, but the relationships that we all have formed within each team mean much more. Cheers, MM.”

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Shin Nagahama, 4th year Forward & Sports Industry Major from Upper Sandusky, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “Good sushi is my favorite food by far. You might think you’ve had good sushi but you need to go to Japan to get the good stuff. Favorite type of music is definitely rap. I’m at a constant tug of war between whether Kanye or J Cole is my #1.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I’ve been playing soccer for around 15 years now.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “Besides OSUFC, I am a part of the Ohio Zeta chapter of Phi Delta Theta as well as being on the lectures committee for OUAB which is the Ohio Union Activities Board.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I’m trying to take it one step at a time right now and I’m currently finishing up applying for grad school, but my dream job would be working in International Marketing for the MLS.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “My favorite part of OSU would be the diversity this school has. Before I transferred to OSU, my freshman year I went to a small school where the majority of the students came from the same area of Ohio, whereas now at Ohio State I meet people from all across the world, let alone state and country, on a weekly basis. Gamedays & block are cool too though.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I have no specific routines or rituals, but I always make sure I get a giant meal and a good amount of water in my system beforehand.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has helped me become better as I believe it’s helped me balance my time better. Though we are a club team we are extremely competitive and that means sacrificing some things at times, but in the end it’s definitely worth it.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “Over the past few months I’ve been having a lot of health issues and what was so cool is that the team sent me a lot of support and words of encouragement and that’s definitely something I’ll never forget.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “You don’t have to score in practice, as long as you can do it in the games.”