Out of Sheer Rage

A young American man dreams of playing soccer, a game he hasn’t played in ages, a game that — when he played and in his dreams — summons up plumes of anger. Now he follows the US men’s national team, with midfielders that also used to play angry, “a game played a long a cliff…not a ballet of threaded passes, scissor fakes; this is a team of hastily trained animals, cheetahs or leopards, or something less graceful than that.” But as the team matures, plays possession, it is leaving him behind, as he cannot. (Casey Wiley/The Run of Play)

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