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Remembering Stanley Lover

So another friend has gone. I can't say Stanley Lover was a close friend -- we didn't see enough of each other for that. But he was a dear friend, a respected friend, and I am greatly saddened to hear of his passing.
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Red Bulls and Sounders Spurn the Creative Game

As the 2013 MLS season climaxed we were treated to the unenviable experience of watching the New York Red Bulls and the Seattle Sounders -- two teams that had looked like wiping out everyone -- suddenly suffering hopeless slumps and departing from the playoffs, if not in disgrace, then certainly in disarray.
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College Soccer: Simply Unreal

As college finals go, Notre Dame's 2-1 win over Maryland was quite a good one. Good, that is, within the limitations of the college game. Whether those limitations are imposed by the NCAA or whether they represent the way that the Division I coaches want things to be, I am no longer certain. It doesn't matter anyway: The limitations are ...
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Ref's failure to red-card Collin has major impact on MLS Cup

Writing before MLS Cup, I picked out either Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales or Kansas City's Aurelien Collin as MVP candidates.
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MLS Cup: The KC Method vs. the RSL Style

Scanning the Kansas City and the Real Salt Lake rosters for a likely MVP in today's final, two names -- representing two very different aspects of soccer -- stand out: Aurelien Collin for KC, and Javier Morales for RSL.
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The unofficial report on the State of the Commissioner

It is fair to say that there are two main events at the end of each MLS season: the MLS Cup final, and the address by Commissioner Don Garber on the State of the League.
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What Soccer Can Learn from Genetics (Part 3: Genes and Sport)

In the last couple of columns, I've been looking into the genetic intricacies and mysteries revealed in David Epstein's book "The Sports Gene." He doesn't have much to say about soccer -- I counted 12 references to the sport, mostly brief mentions to bolster a point that Epstein is making about another sport. This should hardly be too surprising
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Genes and Sport (Part 2): Jamaican sprinters, Kenyan distance runners, high-responders and Alaskan huskies

I left you last time with the vision of the virtually untrained high jumper Donald Thomas winning the world championship against Stefan Holm, who had spent the previous 25 years of his life training to perfect his jumping technique.
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