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Claudia van den Heiligenberg interview: Out of the shadows to catch an Oranje fire

Photo: Jürgen Scheere (with consent of FF USV Jena)

Photo: Jürgen Scheere (with consent of FF USV Jena)


After an unexpected introduction to international football, Claudia van den Heiligenberg was part of history as the Netherlands took their place for the first time at the top table of the women’s game at Euro 2009. Seven years on from that semi-final showing, the FF USV Jena left-sider is hoping a career in which she’s danced from inhibition to liberation could still hold a homecoming encore under those familiar lights of the tournament stage. Read more →

Juan Agudelo interview: ‘This business of art’ – Revs striker bringing back the knack

Photo: Jason Dalrymple / courtesy of New England Revolution

Photo: Jason Dalrymple/Courtesy of New England Revolution


The sparks of flair found in U.S. international Juan Agudelo’s early career have brought many to their feet, and after returning last season to the team who enjoyed arguably his most stunningly impudent piece of on-field showmanship in his first spell, the New England Revolution forward hasn’t lost that all-round taste for expression. Read more →

Lindsey Horan interview: The beat magnifique to the Rose City rhythm – Thorns midfielder lighting the fuse and locking the flow

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Thorns FC


A well-documented decision to sign professionally with Paris Saint-Germain out of high school led U.S. international Lindsey Horan to three-and-a-half years of challenges, growth and magical memories, allowing her to produce a formidable clash of finesse and intensity on her return home with the Portland Thorns this season. Read more →

Kellyn Acosta interview: Into the flame but out of the mix for FC Dallas’ homegrown All-Star

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Photo: FC Dallas


Steadily on the come-up at FC Dallas in recent years, midfielder Kellyn Acosta has made his U.S. National Team breakthrough in a 2016 that could yet herald long-awaited success for the club he’s grown up with. MLS All-Star recognition was a reflection of the 21-year-old’s growing impact in the league, even if he has long since vacated his number-one spot in the team sound stakes. Read more →

Estefanía Banini interview: Washington’s ‘fantasista’ dancing under a Spirit sky

Photo: Tony Quinn/Washington Spirit

Photo: Tony Quinn/Washington Spirit


It was faith in a gut feeling that helped bring Estefanía Banini to America last year to realise her professional soccer ambition with the Washington Spirit, and so with the Argentinian’s form continuing to shimmer lately, it seems only right that her compelling on-field style is true to that same notion of letting instinct guide the way. Read more →