“One of the neat things about soccer is how infectious it is. The more you learn about it, the more you know what you don’t know. It’s such a nuanced sport, and it really does get in your system in a way that over time few other sports do.”
-- Merritt Paulson, the 40-year-old owner of the Portland Timbers and Portland
Thorns, on his evolution to soccer zealot. Paulson, the son of former U.S. Treasury secretary and Goldman Sachs chairman Henry Paulson, was named to the U.S.
Soccer board of directors. (SI.com)