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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31 July 2014

The Silent Treatment

DENVER — After all this time, Ryan Giggs is still figuring out what to do with his hands.

One of the most decorated footballers in history, who retired in May, plays the part of newly-appointed assistant manager of his former club just fine as Manchester United hits the pitch for a training session this late-July evening at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, where the NFL’s beloved Broncos play. But be it sheer enthusiasm or, for the first time in a long time, a touch of professional unease and apprehension, Giggs lets this piece of his anatomy — banned in-game for almost every player — speak for him, when he otherwise will not.

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30 June 2014

The One That Got Away?

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — It’s been quite a trip for Steven Beitashour, and more than just the lengthy one he took that included a couple international layovers before finding his way to the northern Denver suburb this past Saturday.

“I’m like, ‘What time zone are we in right now?’ I’m all over the place,” said the 27-year-old, conceding some jet lag after a MLS match between his Vancouver Whitecaps and Western Conference foe the Colorado Rapids. “It was a long flight.”

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5 August 2011

Edgar Castillo Gets Another Shot With U.S. Soccer

Edgar Castillo is not particularly fond of interviews, but the number of requests he receives may soon be increasing, what with his next international match coming against Mexico, a country whose media and fans once called him a traitor.

On Thursday, with the U.S. national team in the midst of a shakeup after the recent hiring of team manager Jürgen Klinsmann to replace Bob Bradley, the 24-year-old Castillo was unexpectedly selected to play in the August 10 friendly. The match in Philadelphia will not only be the first time the archrivals have met since Mexico’s 4-2 come-from-behind defeat of the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in June, but also Castillo’s first chance to play against his old team and the country where he still resides.

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29 June 2011

The High Five

Agent Zero takes on a new mission, but is the U.S. women’s World Cup soccer team? It’s your High Five!

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7 June 2011

The High Five

What do Machester United’s Wayne Rooney, an innocent bystander dog and a throng of Ohio State fans all have in common? It’s your High Five!

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27 July 2009

On the Fringers on the Ropes

Brandi Chastain

This past Friday, July 24th, ESPN contributor Mark Kreidler wrote a pretty good article about the state of women’s professional sports a decade after a strong push by the premier female athletics movement.

While it’s not necessary eye opening or especially innovative in its thesis, it is thought provoking because of its very timely manner and comprehensive analysis of the condition of women’s athletics in 2009.

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25 June 2009

Soccer Never Stood a Chance

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US Soccer

Just a day after arguably the biggest U.S. Soccer victory in history, or at least in modern memory – a totally unanticipated 2-0 upset of No. 1 Spain in the semifinals of the Confederation Cup – one can barely find mention of it on the country’s most influential sports websites.

Soccer never stood a chance.

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5 May 2009

The Battle of ‘Big D’

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Long nicknamed “Big D”, Dallas may have bitten off a little more than it can chew in the Second Round of the NBA playoffs against the other ‘D’ – Denver, Colorado.

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