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The remarkable Clive Toye -- who brought showmanship, excitement and color to American soccer

The debt owed by American soccer to Clive Toye is a vast one. It is not too much of an exaggeration to say, flatly, that without Toye's blind faith in the sport in the 1970s, pro soccer in the USA would have withered and died.

The small guys -- from Jimmy Greaves to Lionel Messi -- are the ones who matter most

This week has brought home, in as dramatic a way as I ever recall, the joy and the sadness, the ecstasy and the agony, I suppose the smiles and the tears, that sports bring with them.