Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

28 August 2015

Erik Palmer-Brown: Soccer Phenom

The evening is mild, the pitch is pristine and the visiting forward sees only daylight between him and the goal. He is wrong. Behind him, quiet and quick, comes center defender Erik Palmer-Brown. The kid shoulders the evasive striker, slowing him down. His foot connects with the ball. Then comes the slide tackle that dislodges it definitively — and returns possession to the American all-star team.

That whole episode, in Denver last month, took 11 seconds; Palmer-Brown works fast.

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10 October 2014

Landon Donovan’s Lasting Legacy

A legacy often boils down to numbers.

Let’s start with 10. That’s the number Landon Donovan, arguably America’s greatest soccer player of all time, will be wearing when he suits up for the U.S. men’s national team for the last time on Friday in a friendly against Ecuador. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann already said he would captain the squad, start the match and probably play about 30 minutes.

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