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Mauricio A. Cruz

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Akpan and Nyamekye Selected in MLS SuperDraft

On Jan. 14, during the 2010 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia, Penn., Akpan was selected in the second round (22nd overall) by the Colorado Rapids. 2008 MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew selected Nyamekye with the team’s first pick in the fourth round (60th overall).

CRUZ CONTROL: NCAA Needs to Revise Basics

<p>This is the second part in a series of columns analyzing the current climate of college soccer—its role in the development of the sport in America, its drawbacks and limitations, and the future of the game amidst a growing trend towards youth professional development. </p> <p> </p> <p>Part 2: Where has college soccer gone wrong, and how do we fix it?</p>

Visiting Professor Sees Homeland Through Soccer’s Lens

For 27 years, the Honduran national soccer team played under the shadows of past glory, suffering heartbreaking defeats that have weighed on the nation’s psyche.

CRUZ CONTROL: Ivies Struggle, Individuals Shine in Midyear Report

Over the last few weeks, teams across the Ivy League have been served hearty portions of humble pie. Not enough, mind you, for regurgitation of the preseason accolades rained down upon the League and its players, but sufficient to make you feel queasy about their postseason prospects. With roughly a month left until the postseason and the Ivy campaign half finished, now is a good time to assess the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Ancient Eight.

College Soccer at Odds with US Goals

Part 1: Where does college soccer fit in the landscape of American player development? You don’t need me to tell you that soccer is a growing sport in the United States. Its rosy future has been prognosticated ad infinitum for years by sports journalists. You could argue that the sport reached its apex this past summer with the stunning performance of the U.S. Men’s National Team in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Nearly four million viewers tuned in to watch the English-language broadcast of the USA-Brazil final, with countless more watching on Spanish-language TV network Univision.

CRUZ CONTROL: Successful Season Ahead for Crimson

College soccer is a tricky sport to follow. It defies the laws of the game mandated by FIFA, with its

Crimson Too Strong for Princeton in Overtime

All was seemingly lost. After dropping seven straight in league play, the Harvard men’s basketball team was well on its