Tuesday, March 15th saw the first kick of the 2011 MLS season as
the LA Galaxy were victorious over the Seattle Sounders with a
1-0. win. We highlight the Sounders' goalkeeper Kasey Keller
this month as he heads into his last season before embarking on
retirement. Coming out of retirement for D.C. United, on the
other hand is Pat Onstad. We delve into his decision to take up
the offer of playing two roles at the club - player and coach.
As an extension of our excitement over the start of the MLS
season, we found an article ranking clubs according to the
quality of their goalkeepers. You might be surprised where the
We capture some of the point blank saves made during the opening
game on March 15th and provide you with a technical discussion
on the same skill.
We have an article from yanks-abroad that puts Cody Cropper, a
bright young goalkeeping prospect for the U.S., in the
spotlight. Cody is currently fighting for playing time with
Championship side Ipswich Town in England.
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getting up to and we're continuing to celebrate our 30th year
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Heading in opposite directions, two of the MLS’s best
goalkeepers pass by one another through the doors of retirement.
This month the word ‘retirement’ has reverberated around the
soccer community, carrying with it bittersweet emotion and an
element of surprise. After one final season in the MLS, Kasey
Keller is set to say goodbye to the goalmouth, having been his
place of residence for over twenty years. On the other side of
the coin lies Pat Onstad, who has been called into action, and
out of retirement by DC United for this upcoming MLS season.
Let us begin with Kasey Keller, journeying into retirement from
what has been an outstanding and often groundbreaking career
It is hard to imagine Kasey Keller anywhere but in front of the
goal. With his career spanning more than two decades, playing
professionally in four countries (plus many others with the U.S.
National Team), and the orchestration, direction, and the
occasional expletive still flowing so naturally from Keller it
becomes somewhat disappointing to learn that this will be his
final season as netminder.
Keller is hopeful of leading the Sounders to the MLS
cup in 2011 - his final season
will leave the Seattle Sounders having added a slew of ‘firsts’
to his soccer resume, and is arguably the most successful
goalkeeper in U.S. soccer history and most influential American
to ever play in Europe.
"I've been pretty fortunate in U.S. soccer to be the first in a
few things," Keller said. "There can never be another first
person to play on a U.S. passport in England. There can never be
another first person to play in Spanish Premier (League).
Somebody might beat my shutout record for the national team and
that stuff, but nobody will beat those things. Nobody is going
to be the first captain of the MLS Sounders, the first
victories, the first shutouts. On that side
I think it speaks for itself. You can't name your own legacy."
Still one of the best goalkeepers in Major League Soccer at the
age of 41, Keller claims he's "99.999 percent" sure that 2011
will be his last year as a player. He's ready to give back to
the game in other ways, and is anticipating a more normal life;
one that is not governed by a packed schedule of training,
travel and competition.
Despite Keller’s dissatisfaction with this year being viewed as
his farewell tour, it would be remiss not to acknowledge his
significance in American soccer. "You can't talk about the great
American players without mentioning Kasey," said his current
coach in Seattle, Sigi Schimid.
A youthful Kasey Keller during his ground-breaking
first season at Millwall
was the first American to start in the English Premier League,
and later in Spain’s La Liga, and quickly became an established
star on this prestigious platform in the early 1990’s. As an
American on the European scene, a rarity at the time, his
performances helped demolish stereotypes of American players and
open the path for others to follow suit.
"Sometimes we tend to forget how crazy it was and how difficult
it was, and how much of a pioneer Kasey was and the difficulties
and the challenges he faced on a consistent basis," former U.S.
teammate Alexi Lalas said.
700-match career consisting of league and cup games, friendlies,
Olympics and World Cup qualifying, and national team
appearances, is framed by moments of perceived invincibility:
stopping a Luis Figo penalty in the 89th minute in his first
season at Rayo Vallecano comes to mind as quickly as his 1-1
draw against Italy in the 2006 World Cup.
Cup performance in 1998 against Brazil is a YouTube sensation
and was so impressive Brazilian star Romario shook Keller's hand
on the field after one point-blank save. After the Americans'
1-0 win, he said it was the greatest goalkeeping performance
he'd ever seen. Not bad for a kid that grew up on an egg farm 90
minutes south of Seattle.
"Goalkeepers are a rare breed and they're crazy and I have
absolutely no idea or desire to try and delve into what makes
them tick," Lalas joked. "They are a necessary evil when you
have a goalkeeper that not only makes a save but communicates
and sort things out ahead of time, it's priceless."t;t;t;t;t;t;
Perhaps his largest impact on American soccer, other than his
contributions with the National Team, was when he signed with
London club Millwall. This started an American wave in England
that has since perpetuated into the rest of Europe and indeed
It was Keller’s college coach at the University of Portland,
Clive Charles, that had strategically delayed his move abroad:
don't go immediately to a Premiership club where getting playing
time would be tough; don't go to an industrial city in the
middle of England. Rather find a club in London where the
acclimation to British culture would be easier; and don't go
with any sort of attitude.
"And I was smart enough by that age which I might not have been
at 18 or 19 to listen and be ready to go," Keller admitted.
Millwall, in Division One at the time, was the springboard for
Keller’s career in Europe. From there he landed in the Premier
League with Leicester City, leading the Foxes to a League Cup
that helped establish his place in England. He moved on to Rayo
Vallecano and La Liga for two seasons becoming the first
American to play in the Spanish league. Keller then returned to
the Premier League with Tottenham from 2001-04 before adding
another highlight to his resume by spending 2 1/2 seasons in the
Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Keller was toying with the idea of retirement in 2007, but
answered Fulham’s plight for help as they fought to avoid
relegation. This move became the bridge Keller needed to connect
his career in Germany with the birth of the Sounders and an
opportunity to return home and continue playing.
He had planned on returning to Seattle for two years. However,
the announcement that Portland and Vancouver were to join the
MLS in 2011, thus creating a Cascadia rivalry, meant that Keller
would elongate this initial commitment to be a part of it all.
As the 2010 season drew to a close, Keller knew he had one
season left and a chance to go out with the memories of facing
the Timbers, Whitecaps and perhaps another trophy.
Keller is still undecided about what he'll do next. The business
side of soccer appeals to him, as does coaching at the
professional level. Having recently finished a sociology degree
from Portland, college coaching is also an option. As any of his
defenders will attest to, he's also and might fancy dabbling in
Whatever direction his career takes, he wants to help the game
that has been his home and his life for the majority of his
"I think this nation is big enough to have five big sports,"
Keller said. "I see no reason why we can't be hockey. Absolutely
zero whatsoever. There are a helluva lot more people in America
playing soccer than playing hockey. So that's my goal."
Having had a successful 2010 season as the goalkeeper coach at
DC United, Pat Onstad is preparing to re-enter the competitive
cauldron in 2011, but this time as a player.
Switching roles will require a flexible mindset from
An injury to
goalkeeper Steve Cronin, coupled with fellow goalkeeper Bill
Hamid’s recovery from off-season shoulder surgery leaves D.C.
United with a void in goal. This has seen the Black-and-Red
Assistant Pat Onstad make the move from the coaches’ bench to
the playing field. Despite having the young talents of Chase
Harrison and newcomer Joe Willis in camp and developing nicely,
the club is lacking an experienced, and influential goalkeeper.
Onstad will therefore, begin training immediately, as well as
continue his role in a coaching capacity, in preparation for the
regular season. A pleasant surprise to many, Head Coach Ben
Olsen insists that Onstad’s presence will help stabilize the
goalkeeping position at the club.
“Pat is our best option in goal right now for the situation
we’re in,” said Olsen. “Pat is an extremely experienced player
that can bring stability to our backline – we are very lucky to
At 43 years of age, and no indication of the length of his
commitment to playing, Onstad insists that his focus is still on
educating United’s current roster of young goalkeepers.
“Whether it’s Chase [Harrison], Bill [Hamid], or Joe [Willis], I
want all of the guys we have in camp to be successful
goalkeepers. For them to do that I think I can help them along
the way with my knowledge of the game and through leading by
example," said Onstad. He continues, “The biggest transition to
wrap my head around right now is that I’m fighting for a job.
For the past two months I have been out of the game.”
Club officials began searching for the best solution to United’s
lack of goalkeeping depth when Steve Cronin fractured his wrist
last week in Fort Lauderdale. Knowing that Academy product Bill
Hamid continues to recover from off-season shoulder surgery, the
club appealed to Onstad for help. To which he happily obliged.
“At first when Steve [Cronin] went down I felt for him. I
thought he had a real opportunity to establish himself, it’s
difficult that he is down right now. When you look at Bill [Hamid],
he’s still coming along from his surgery. Bill is 20-years-old.
The last thing we want to do now is push him into a position
where he re-injures his shoulder. We don’t want to push Bill
back too early, he’s obviously the goalkeeper of the future at
this club," said Onstad.
Onstad during his first stint as D.C. United's
Remarkably, splitting playing and coaching duties isn’t a
foreign concept to Onstad. In 2006, following the departure of
an assistant coach in Houston, Onstad stepped in to guide the
club’s goalkeepers to an MLS winning season.
the goalkeeping coach at Houston, took a job to return to LA to
be closer to his family. I think I’ve always been a goalkeeper
that was open to helping guys out if asked, that’s the way I’ve
always approached the game. I want to make guys around me
better. I was able to be a fill-in coach that year while also
playing in goal.”
Onstad is widely considered to be one of the top goalkeepers in
Major League Soccer history, playing with Houston and San Jose
for a combined eight seasons. The Canadian is the League’s
all-time leader with a goals-against average mark of 1.12
(minimum 10,000 minutes played). With the Dynamo, Onstad started
136 regular season matches, helping the club win back-to-back
MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007. Most recently, Onstad started
23 regular season games for Houston in 2010, registering four
shutouts in 2,070 minutes on the field.
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CROPPER ON THE RISE AT
originally published on
yanks-abroad.com - March
by Brian Sciaretta
At the tender age of 18, Cody Cropper recorder a 3-0
shutout for the Ipswich Reserve team.
With the U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament fast approaching,
one player who is peaking at the right time is Ipswich
goalkeeper Cody Cropper who is now starting for the club's
Cropper, 18, had been starting for Ipswich's U-18 team but last
month he was informed that he would start for the club's reserve
team in a match against Oxford.
"Yeah it caught me by surprise to be honest," Cropper told YA.
"It's a shock when you have three experienced goalkeepers in
front of you and then you get the call-up for a big rivalry
game. Adrenalin shoots through your system right away and it
doesn't leave for awhile."
In his reserve debut, Cropper posted a shutout in a 3-0 win in
the game against Oxford. While also playing with the U-18s, two
weeks later Cropper earned another call-up to the reserves in a
game against arch-rivals Norwich. That game would also be a
victory for Cropper as Ispwich won 2-1 with the only goal for
Norwich coming off a penalty.
"I was happy with my performances," Cropper asserted. "I made
some good decisions. My communication and my distribution were
all good. It's been a crazy couple of weeks. I've been playing
for the reserves and the U-18s as well."
Cropper's rise within the Ipswich organization has seen him move
closer to his goal of becoming a member of the club's first team
and Cropper is confident he is not far off.
"I've been training with the first team more and more the past
few weeks," Cropper said of his situation at Ipswich. "I've had
a good few weeks of play. Hopefully I can carry that forward the
rest of this season, into next season, and maybe get involved
with the first team on match days. It's definitely on my mind.
It's got to be. Any player needs to be aiming for the first
team. But things have to happen for that to happen."
By training with the first team, Cropper has been there to
witness the recent coaching change when Paul Jewell was hired in
January after Roy Keane was fired.
"Since Paul Jewell came it, I think is been a great a change
with the attitude around the training ground," Cropper pointed
out. "Everybody is happy but it's not that Roy Keane did
anything wrong. Paul Jewell is a great [coach] and he has a lot
of promotions under his belt. Hopefully maybe next season we can
get into the playoffs or the top two for automatic promotion."
Cropper will be eager to impress at the U.S. U20's in
World Cup Qualifying
Cropper's run of good play will be a boost to the US U-20 team
which will begin its World Cup qualifying campaign at the end of
March. Cropper has been named to the US roster and is excited
for the opportunity.
"It's a great opportunity to play for the US in World Cup
qualifying," Cropper said proudly. "I am looking forward to the
challenge but for the next few weeks I just have to keep focused
on keeping form. It's always something to look forward to but
you have to focus on tomorrow and the next day. When it comes it
will be a great opportunity."
The format of this U-20 World Cup qualifying in Guatemala for
the CONCACAF region is structured so that teams that advance
from group play must play in a winner-take-all quarterfinal game
where the winners advance to the World Cup and the losers do
not. Cropper knows the team will be ready for that big game.
"It's always going to be high pressure," Cropper insisted. "It's
part of the job. We train everyday and we just have to come out
and show that. We've been working for this our whole lives."
One of the reasons why Cropper is confident is that he feels US
U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen will have the team prepared for
"Coach Rongen knows what he's doing," Cropper affirmed." He
definitely does because he's a great coach and I've experienced
that being with him for the last six months. He's a top quality
coach in my opinion and there is definitely a lot of talent on
On the US team, Cropper will be joined by Philadelphia Union's
Zac MacMath as the two keepers for qualifying.
"I met [Zac] in January and we got along very well," Cropper
said of MacMath. "We both have the same competitiveness. He's a
very talented goalkeeper and you can see that in his training
Cropper's big physical frame including his 6'4" height and 6'6"
wingspan make him one of the top goalkeeping prospects in US
soccer. While he is widely expected to be the starting keeper
for the US U20 team in the 2013 cycle for which he is also
eligible, Cropper feels he can challenge the older MacMath this
cycle for the top spot.
"There is definitely going to be that drive from me to win over
that number one spot." Cropper concluded. "I've always wanted to
play in a World Cup at any level. I can't really say I will just
play in the next cycle because you never know what will happen.
I won't give up until coach Mulqueen and coach Rongen sit me
down and say ‘you're going in as the number two for the World
"I still won't even give up then. It's just the way I was
raised. To fight for what I want and that's what I want.
Originally published in the SoccerPlus Goalkeeping Manual.
First, let me say, that no keeper can repeatedly save
shots from close range. If the defense allows penetration and
shots from inside the penalty spot, goals will be scored. Also,
numerous studies have shown that most goals are scored from the
immediate area in front of the goal to the penalty stripe and
just slightly wider than the goal. This area described is,
without question, point blank.
Having mentioned all of the above, saves on these close "point
blank" shots are very often game winners. When two equal teams
are playing, scoring chances do not come frequently for either
team. The ability of a keeper to make this kind of save more
often than his or her counterpart might determine which team
will win. Besides saving a goal this save can change the
direction of the game. It's demoralizing for a forward to miss
from close range and a huge lift psychologically for the
Highlights MLS First Kick 2011
featuring Seattle Sounders v LA Galaxy.
Look out for a great point blank save by LA Galaxy's
Josh Saunders at 1:55
There are five major considerations in making this save:
Body weight must be forward
Very often a keeper's body weight falls backward when faced with
a "point blank" shot. When this happens, almost all shots
regardless of their speed will find their way into the net. The
keeper cannot adjust to save when he or she is falling backward.
Make sure that you lead with your hands and keep your shoulders
Movement across the goal must be controlled
A common scenario leading up to point blank shots is the
attacking team reaching the defending team's goal line and then
serving across the front of the goal. When the ball is brought
that deep and that close to the goal, the keeper is very often
forced to play the front post. As the ball is played across the
front of the goal, the keeper must move quickly to cover the
unprotected side of the goal. A common fault is moving across
the goal too quickly and uncontrolled, as almost every shot at
or behind the keeper will go in and most shots to the far post
still find the back of the net. In this situation, the keeper
must center his body weight just before the shot is taken. He
will probably not be in perfect position, but he must be in
control of his movement, otherwise adjusting to the location of
the shot is almost impossible.
Step out and pressure the shooter
It's no secret that goalkeepers have to be brave.
Psychologically you need to have the right attitude to make this
save. There can be no fear of being hit by the ball. Frankly,
the object is to get your body into a position where the striker
will hit you with the ball. If a keeper tries to play a point
blank shot close to the goal line, most deflections will still
find the net. The keeper must take a step or two towards the
striker. This accomplishes a couple of things: a) A shooter by
instinct tries to shoot wide of the keeper. By stepping out just
prior to the shot, the keeper, in effect, makes the goal
smaller. Now the shot can either hit the keeper or go wide. b)
By stepping out, the keeper improves his angle of deflection.
Balls that he deflects will have a better chance of rebounding
wide of the post rather than just inside the post. c)The forward
is more likely to be intimidated by an on-rushing keeper than
one who stays on the line. By forcing the striker to avoid
contact with you, you may force him to change his shot.
REMEMBER: Stepping out makes the goal smaller for the shooter,
but the keeper's weight must still be forward.
Saving movements of the keeper are timed with the touch of
the ball off the striker's foot
Many keepers take in too much movement prior to the ball
actually being struck by the foot or head. The keepers have
already anticipated the shot and have lost their saving shape by
standing up and big (weight forward.) Respond to the touch of
the ball off the foot or head and react to that touch.
Understand that not every ball will be saved, just as in a game,
this is a very difficult saving situation. Don't be discouraged,
just keep training and this big save will happen for you and
Don't forget the second save
It is rare that a goalkeeper is able to hold the ball on a point
blank save. We are usually thrilled to "get in the way" of the
first shot. As a result there will always be rebounds and second
opportunities for the strikers. Of course you hope that your
defenders will come to the rescue and clear any loose balls, but
you still need to be prepared to recover and make a second save.
The odds are stacked in favor of the striker who gets a clean
shot off in this range. The goalkeeper's job is to reduce the
odds. Don't be frustrated by a lack of success in this area.
Like penalties, you are often at the mercy of the striker's
competence and composure in point blank situations. But if you
follow the five tips above, you will find that you will increase
your chances of pulling off "the miraculous save."
Who's got the best
Goalkeepers? originally published in
March 14th, 2011
by Ridge Mahoney
2011 MLS season gets underway, Soccer America begins its
rankings of each team by position with a listing of the
goalkeeping corps. The addition of expansion teams Vancouver and
Portland have wrought changes in the careers of many players,
including veteran goalkeepers Jay Nolly, Joe Cannon and Troy
Perkins. Nolly and Cannon are battling for the starting job in
Vancouver, while Perkins is dueling with another MLS veteran –
former Rev Adin Brown – to man the nets for Portland.
With an expanded 34-game schedule and thus greater chances of
losing a keeper to injury or suspension, depth is a more
important factor than in past seasons. The Quakes found this out
last year, when Jon Busch temporarily deposed Cannon for the
starting job, then finished strongly after a broken ankle
sidelined Cannon in late August. Ditto in Columbus, where injury
sidelined Will Hesmer and sometimes starter Andy Gruenebaum took
over. And there’s always the chance that wild-man Thierry Henry
will whack another keeper, a la Kevin Hartman, to the sidelines.
Factors used in evaluating the MLS goalkeeping tandems are based
on age, experience, past performance, and projected ability.
Teams with two good, experienced keepers might be deemed
stronger than a team with a clearcut starter but no reliable
backup. A team’s goalkeepers -- not just the probable starter --
drive the rankings.
1. REAL SALT LAKE.
Nick Rimando just signed a new long-term deal, which should keep
RSL’s netminding in safe hands for a few seasons. Kyle Reynish
has looked sharp in his occasional appearances.
2. LOS ANGELES.
Starter Donovan Ricketts is among the league’s best and backup
Josh Saunders could start for a few MLS teams. Niggling injuries
to Ricketts might give Saunders more time this year.
3. FC DALLAS. Kevin
Hartman, a.k.a. Mr. Lights-Out, dazzled last season and under
his tutelage maybe Chris Seitz and Josh Lambo can smooth out
their rough spots.
Will Hesmer and Andy Gruenebaum may not be in the very top tier
but both are good, with Hesmer rating slightly higher for his
poise and quickness.
Expect Kasey Keller, turning 42 this year, to make his final pro
season a memorable one. His health is critical, as No. 2 Terry
Boss has 45 minutes of MLS experience and Supplementary Draft
pick Josh Ford just signed this week.
6. COLORADO. With a
reliable defense in front of him, for a change, Matt Pickens
last year displayed his class. Ian Joyce joined the Rapids last
year from Southend, where he played five games before making one
appearance for Colorado.
7. TORONTO FC. Not because
of himself but rather his situation, goalkeeper Stefan Frei is
likely to endure another long season. He’s really, really good.
Milos Kocic couldn’t keep a job at keeper-challenged D.C.
United. TFC needs an alternative.
8. NEW ENGLAND.
Matt Reis will be 36 at the end of March yet he’s still a
commanding presence. Backups Bobby Shuttleworth and Tim Murray
have exactly two MLS league appearances combined; Shuttleworth
posted a shutout last October in his first start.
9. SAN JOSE. Even
amongst keepers, Jon Busch is among the looniest, but he’s also
quick and brave and capable of the sensational save. If he keeps
the ball out of the net and Andrew Weber on the bench, his
teammates and coaches will endure his -- shall we say -- energy.
10. NEW YORK.
Bouna Coundoul is a bit off but mostly in a good way. Less
erratic and more composed than in past seasons, he won 14 games
and posted 11 shutouts last year. A similar performance in 2011
would move NYRB up the rankings. Greg Sutton is OK at No. 2.
11. SPORTING KANSAS
Jimmy Nielsen won four Save of the Week awards but let in a few
clunkers, as well. In his second MLS season he should improve
and he’d better, since backup Eric Kronberg is very raw.
12. CHICAGO. Sean
Johnson has great physical tools and displayed more than a
sliver of maturity in his rookie season. Can he go the distance
backing a team that seems to be constantly in flux? Jon Conway
has had his moments in MLS but isn’t quite starter caliber.
13. CHIVAS USA.
Zach Thornton’s game slipped last year yet he can rebound with a
new coach and some new teammates, like Jimmy Conrad. Dan Kennedy
needs to get minutes or his development will stagnate.
14. VANCOUVER. Joe Cannon
won two Goalkeeper of the Year Awards back in the day but fell
behind Jay Nolly during preseason while rehabbing that broken
ankle. With far more experience than Nolly, if he gets back
fully fit, he can be a valuable asset on a new team.
15. PORTLAND. Troy
Perkins is given a fresh start to erase last year’s rough season
at D.C. United, and Adin Brown can push him for the No. 1 job.
Still to be proven is if they can consistently measure up to a
more demanding caliber of play.
16. D.C. UNITED.
Emergency signing/ assistant coach Pat Onstad is 43, veteran
Steve Cronin has never held down a first-team spot in MLS, and
youngster Bill Hamid is amazingly athletic yet terribly
inexperienced. Not good, but destined to improve.
The Dynamo’s situation would look better if Onstad was still in
Texas. Tally Hall has been waiting in the wings for years yet
his appearances to date are inconclusive. Homegrown signing
Tyler Deric is completely untested.
Given the Union’s terrible experiences last year with Brad
Knighton and Chris Seitz, Colombian newcomer Faryd Mondragon is
an upgrade, but as yet he’s unproven in MLS.
SoccerPlus director, Drew Mazzeo, visited
Ed White High School in Jaxonville, Florida on March 5th to join
in with the festivities of the Duval County Special Olympics Summer Games.
Here are some photo's that Drew shared from the day's events:
Drew Mazzeo and his student mastering the basket
catch, among other goalkeeping techniques, at the
Duval County Special Olympics Summer Games in Jaxonville, FL.
Drew for representing SoccerPlus at such an important event and
supporting all the athletes in attendance!
NAME:Zach Donis Class/Age:Junior
Clovis North High School,
Although he is only 16 years old, Zach is
record his 1000 career save. Stats were taken as he
started 9thgrade soccer and he has faced an
incredible barrage of shots ever since. His average of
just over 250 shots on goal per SEASON (between school &
travel) is among the highest in the Central Valley.
His shot stopping ability was highlighted during a game
just a few weeks ago where Zach faced 34 shots and
allowed only one goal. This game ended in a tie with
Zach’s team having only 8 shots on goal while the
opposing team fired 51 shots with 18 over or wide.
Zach is currently playing Division 1 at the U-19 level
(he is 16 years old) and also plays on an adult indoor
has phenomenal hands.” - Coach Oscar Rodriguez (former
“He does things you can’t teach a keeper to do, he’s
fearless.” - Coach
Jamie Ramirez (Fresno Pacific University)
“He makes saves most keepers can’t”. Coach Paul Demarinis
(Clovis North/Coaching License Instructor)
Zach hopes to continue his career and is open to all
College possibilities as he pursues a degree in one of
several fields ranging from History to Kinesiology.
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