Dr. Joe Machnik has a sweet gig this summer and it isn’t landscaping or life guarding.
The Northeast Conference’s women’s soccer officials assignor is spending five weeks holed up in the newly-constructed FOX studio in Vancouver.
Machnik, a LIU Brooklyn alumnus, is serving as an in-studio analyst during FOX’s coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The former USMNT assistant coach provides analysis of referee performances during matches (for you NFL fans out there, he is the Mike Pereira of the Women’s World Cup).
Machnik, who has served as a Vice President for MLS and owns a long history of officiating professional soccer matches, accepted his current post at the Northeast Conference on February 9, 2012. In addition to being the NEC’s soccer rules guru, he is responsible for securing and assigning officials for all nine NEC women’s soccer programs.
In terms of his prior experience at the collegiate level, Machnik competed in the NCAA Tournament as both an LIU athlete and coach before eventually officiating a national final.
FOX is responsible for broadcasting all 52 games from the Women’s World Cup, distributing the feeds via FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 as well as the FOX Sports Go mobile app.
All-time NEC Great on Team USA Roster (AGAIN)
Machnik isn’t the Northeast Conference’s lone connection to the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
Former two-time NEC Player of the Year Christie Pearce Rampone is contesting the FIFTH World Cup of her career.
After helping Monmouth to conference titles in 1995 and 1996, Rampone eventually worked her way onto the US National Team in 1997. She helped the Stars and Stripes to a gold medal at the 1999 World Cup and has competed in every one since.
At the time of publishing, Rampone and her USA teammates were preparing for their quarterfinal round match against China (June 26 – 7:30 pm ET). Heading into the quarterfinal contest, Rampone has made the second-most career appearances in USWNT history (306). Only Kristine Lilly (352) has made more.
Dr. Joe speaks on his first day as NEC women’s soccer officials assignor…