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Author Archive for Christian Araos

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How Colorado’s Robin Fraser is breaking ground for black coaches in MLS

The longtime MLS assistant and former USA defender is only the second African American head coach in league history Robin Fraser stood stoic on the sideline at Red Bull Arena as the Colorado Rapids stymied the New York Red Bulls. To his right his forme…

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How El Paso’s soccer community is turning loss into action

El Paso’s soccer community has come together, led by El Paso Locomotive FC, in the week since last Saturday’s incomprehensible tragedyHad his career gone to plan, Sebastián Velasquez would probably not have been in El Paso last Saturday.Velasquez showe…

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‘We’re small but mighty’: Bermuda’s plan to emulate Iceland’s World Cup run

The island has a population of a little over 65,000 but with an expanded World Cup in 2026, qualification for the tournament is not out of the questionKyle Lightbourne has been involved with Bermudan soccer for 30 years. Lightbourne’s playing career be…

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Proud Boys and skinheads: MLS faces an incursion from the far-right

The far-right is a growing menace in the United States. And there are signs it is beginning to infect North American soccerWhen they kicked off their first-ever season in 2015, New York City FC were known for players like Andrea Pirlo and David Villa. …