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Dissecting the World's Greatest Sports Rivalry

(4) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:03 PM

On Wednesday, the American soccer community will again turn its head east to the Iberian Peninsula, where in Valencia at the grand Mestalla, the two most powerful and revered clubs in the world will do battle in the final of the Copa Del Rey.

Deep within the greatest sporting rivalry...

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The Future of a College Soccer Program, Hanging in the Balance

(5) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 6:31 PM

On November 2nd, 2012, in Richmond, Va., just 10 miles from St. John's Church where Patrick Henry famously declared, "Give me liberty or give me death," 25 student-athletes representing the University of Richmond's men's soccer team took the field -- possibly for the final time. Six weeks earlier, following a...

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5 Reasons Mizzou Basketball Will Win the SEC

(5) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 3:56 PM

The college basketball season officially kicked off at the University of Missouri on Saturday. Hordes of students dressed in black and gold left Harpo's Bar and Grill on the corner of 10th and Cherry Streets in downtown Columbia and made their way through campus.

Passing the six stone columns...

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The Most Dominant Athlete in the World -- It's Not Who You Think

(4) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 1:31 PM

Esther Vergeer is, without hyperbole, the most dominant athlete living today -- and you've probably never heard of her.

In 1989, Esther, an active girl who loved to play outside, was lying on her stomach in a hospital bed at the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. She had just...

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Far From Friendly: A Night at the Azteca

(11) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Friendly: (adj) showing kindly interest and goodwill; not hostile

In a hotel parking lot just outside of downtown Mexico City, the roads have been blocked off. The police are here, lights flashing and sirens blaring. The local middle-aged bus driver in a blue uniform, black Reeboks and slightly graying hair,...

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Off the Post: An Interview With US Soccer President Sunil Gulati

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 12:00 PM

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." -Bill Shankly

Off the Post sits down with U.S. Soccer Federation President and economics faculty member at Columbia University, Sunil...

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Off the Post: An Interview With Alexi Lalas

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 1:38 PM

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." -Bill Shankly

In its inaugural interview, my blog series "Off the Post" met up with former U.S. Men's National Team...

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Top 10 Most Outrageous Hairstyles in Soccer

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 9:08 PM

While the cava settles in Madrid, and with the Community Shield still close to a month away, the North American soccer community is left to mull over what has been a tremendously entertaining year of international football. While we wait for the European seasons to begin again, we are afforded...

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