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Ethan McDonald

Ethan McDonald

Ethan is a Junior at Lakota West and is a second-year journalism student. He has a massive amount of knowledge in soccer, with his best region being North and Central America. He is also a member of the Lakota West Broadcast Club. In his free time, Ethan enjoys listening to music, whilst watching and researching soccer to continue advancing his knowledge of the sport. Ethan joined the West Press to share his interest and love for soccer with the people of Lakota, whilst also improving his journalism skills, as his future goal is to become a Soccer Journalist.

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Lakota West Alumni Jyaire Brown Transfers to LSU

Lakota West Alumni Jyaire Brown Transfers to LSU

Ethan McDonald February 1, 2024

LSU has gotten a commitment from Ohio State transfer and Lakota West alumni Jyaire Brown, giving a boost to a secondary group that struggled heavily in 2023. It’s now the third season in a row Brian Kelly and LSU have gotten a Transfer Portal cornerback...

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FC Cincinnati to Sign Midfielder Pavel Bucha

FC Cincinnati to Sign Midfielder Pavel Bucha

Ethan McDonald January 30, 2024

According to Czech site infotbal, FCC are finalizing a deal to sign midfielder Pavel Bucha, which has also been reported and confirmed by multiple outlets over in the states, including The Athletic Bucha, 25, has played for Viktoria Plzen in the Czech...

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FC Cincinnati Signs Former Houston Dynamo Forward Corey Baird

FC Cincinnati Signs Former Houston Dynamo Forward Corey Baird

Ethan McDonald January 29, 2024

FC Cincinnati has signed another significant free agent, announcing forward Corey Baird has signed through the 2025 MLS season, with an option for the 2026 season. Aside from Baird, who last played for Houston Dynamo FC, FCC has also added star center-back...

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Jacksonville Armada FC Announced as Newest Club in MLS NEXT Pro

Jacksonville Armada FC Announced as Newest Club in MLS NEXT Pro

Ethan McDonald November 16, 2023

MLS Next Pro on Thursday announced that Jacksonville Armada FC will join the league as an independent club. The Team in Jacksonville, Florida, will join MLS Next Pro, hopeful that 2025 will be their first year in the league. The Armada becomes the...

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Rhode Island FC Signs First Ever Player

Rhode Island FC Signs First Ever Player

Ethan McDonald November 16, 2023

Rhode Island was announced as the 24th team in the USL Championship and will play their first season in 2024. With the current season ending and playoffs wrapping up, Rhode Island has announced its first signing in club history.   Koke Vegas,...

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Atlanta United’s Giorgos Giakoumakis Named MLS Newcomer of the Year

Atlanta United’s Giorgos Giakoumakis Named MLS Newcomer of the Year

Ethan McDonald November 16, 2023

MLS has named the first award recipient of 2023. Atlanta United striker Giorgos Giakoumakis was named the 2023 MLS Newcomer of the Year last Thursday. Giorgos beat out Inter Miami star, Lionel Messi, and St Louis City SC midfielder, Eduard Lowen. This...

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FCC Extends Pat Noonan and Chris Albright

FCC Extends Pat Noonan and Chris Albright

Ethan McDonald October 26, 2023

FC Cincinnati has extended the contracts of Head Coach Pat Noonan and General Manager Chris Albright, re-signing them both to long-term contracts. They both joined in 2021 after FCC collected their third straight Wooden Spoon. They have since led FCC...

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Alex Afari Has Career Day Against Florida

Ethan McDonald October 12, 2023

When Alex Afari came out of Lakota West, he was a four-star recruit ranked amongst the top 250 players nationally. After getting offers from 12 Power 5 schools, Alex would choose Kentucky to make his future home. In 2022, he started three games and...

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Three FC Cincinnati Players Earn International Call-Ups

Ethan McDonald October 12, 2023

Three FC Cincinnati players have been called up to represent their national teams this month. During October's international break from the 12th to the 17th, three players will partake in qualifying matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Defenders Santiago...

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FC Cincinnati Runs Riot in Queen City Derby Win

FC Cincinnati Runs Riot in Queen City Derby Win

Ethan McDonald September 28, 2023

FCC started the first half by pressuring the Charlotte defense with a plethora of chances, the best one being a 34th-minute well-built-up play from FCC’s forwards. It would end up slotted through the legs of Charlotte’s goalkeeper, which ended with...

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Kylee Simmons Leads Missouri to 3 Straight Wins

Kylee Simmons Leads Missouri to 3 Straight Wins

Ethan McDonald September 21, 2023

The Missouri Tigers played the Florida Gators on Friday, September 15th. The Tigers won 3-2, led by Simmons. Simmons contributed to all three goals, assisting on the first goal and then scoring on the final two. Kylee was awarded for her top performance...

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CINCINNATI, OHIO - APRIL 26: Arquimides Ordóñez #29 of FC Cincinnati celebrates with Brandon Vazquez #19 and Malik Pinto #26 after scoring a goal in a U.S. Open Cup soccer match against Louisville City at TQL Stadium on April 26, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Dean/Getty Images)

FC Cincinnati Weekly Roundup: 4/23–4/29

Ethan McDonald May 18, 2023

Match Preview: FC Cincinnati vs. New England Revolution:  FC Cincinnati will travel to New England to play the Revolution on Saturday, the in a match that will determine who gets first place in the Eastern Conference and potentially first in the Supporters...

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FC Cincinnati Weekly Roundup: 4/30 - 5/6

FC Cincinnati Weekly Roundup: 4/30 – 5/6

Ethan McDonald May 18, 2023

Match Preview: FC Cincinnati vs. DC United:  DC United will head to the TQL Stadium in Cincinnati to play FC Cincinnati. FCC is the number one team in the league in terms of points from home, getting 5 wins in 5 whilst only conceding 2 goals while...

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FC Cincinnati Edges Inter Miami to Stay Undefeated

FC Cincinnati Edges Inter Miami to Stay Undefeated

Ethan McDonald April 21, 2023

FC Cincinnati hosted Inter Miami, who was on a 3-game losing streak heading into the day. Inter historically has won more games between the two, winning the first four matches, including the very first game played in TQL Stadium. But since FCC’s  3-1...

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FC Cincinnati Extends Undefeated Streak to 5 Games

FC Cincinnati Extends Undefeated Streak to 5 Games

Ethan McDonald March 30, 2023

FC Cincinnati went to Nashville to play fellow former USL (United Soccer League) side Nashville SC.  Even with a solid game from Nashville goalkeeper Joe Willis, FCC was able to head home with all three points after a 1-0 win and a dominant performance. FC...

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Movie Review: M3GAN

Movie Review: M3GAN

Ethan McDonald February 23, 2023

M3GAN is a thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The movie was released on January 6th, 2023. directed by Gerard Johnston and produced by James Wan. M3GAN was a hit at the box office. While only having $12...

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Movie Review: Puss in Boots, The Last Wish

Movie Review: Puss in Boots, The Last Wish

Ethan McDonald January 30, 2023

More than a decade after releasing the last Puss in Boots film, Dreamworks have finally makes the newest installment in a classic movie series. After spending $90 million to make the 1 hour 42 minute long movie, the film was about to get 556 million in...

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Reds 22/23 Season: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Reds 22/23 Season: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Ethan McDonald November 17, 2022

After another disappointing year, the Cincinnati Reds have missed the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row. Once again, the Reds have a big rebuild year after going 62-100 and finishing 3rd to last in MLB (Major League Baseball) standings. Phase 1 of General...

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