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Mauricio A. Cruz

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MLS Forecasts For Two Young Players

Two hours had passed. Seven other forwards had been taken. Most of the prospective players on-site in Philadelphia for the 2010 MLS SuperDraft had already heard their names called and were making the rounds through media and PR personnel.

Kwaku-dile Rock

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).


Men’s Soccer Season Awards

I hate to say I told you so, but I will anyway. Earlier this year (September 17 to be exact), I predicted a slew of accolades for the Harvard men’s soccer team.


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.

Men's Soccer

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

Men's Soccer

Crimson Falls to URI in OT

The beautiful game often cruelly flatters to deceive. In a sport in which even the slightest error becomes terrifically magnified,

Men's Basketball

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

Men's Water Polo

Crimson Swims Through Rough Waters to Successful Season

It was the most difficult schedule the Harvard men’s water polo team had ever encountered. Eight games against nationally ranked

Women's Water Polo

Road Warriors Miss Easterns After Consistently Average Year

There’s no rest for the weary and no comfort on the road for frequent travelers. The Harvard women’s water polo


Crimson Achieves National Rank, Falters in Ivy League Play

A dynasty was brewing. After hoisting the Ivy League trophy last season, entering the NCAAs for the first time in

Women's Water Polo

Crimson Places Third in Utica

After weeks of arduous road trips and non-stop action in pools across the Eastern and Western seaboards, the Harvard women’s

Women's Water Polo

Crimson Bounces Back from Senior Day Drubbing

It was a weekend of preparation, celebration, and revelation for the Harvard women’s water polo team. Gearing up for its