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Mahlon Romeo interview: Cub Classics Vol. One – Flowing in time with the young Lion

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Breezing through the Walsall backline to announce his first-team arrival in some style last season, Millwall right-back Mahlon Romeo has added fresh fervour to the fight as the Lions bid to break back out of the League One enclosure. While unmistakeably chief producer of his own life’s track, the 21-year-old is from a proud musical heritage, and on the Antiguan international’s playground, both ball and beats are indispensable. Read more →

Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu interview: Sungu’s silver lining – The everlasting intro for ex-Owls striker


In some of the most desolate times for a famous old club, Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu was one who offered flashes of hope and excitement to Sheffield Wednesday supporters. Over 12 years since he departed Hillsborough, much has changed for both the Congolese former frontman and his first English club, but there are unmistakably blue and white echoes of the Steel City still safe in his thoughts. Read more →

Stephanie McCaffrey interview: More than just ‘the edge of glory’ – Chicago forward’s drive for five-star standing

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The New Englander identity is one Stephanie McCaffrey could never shake off, and nor would she want to. Having spent her young life around a city decked out in winning sporting heritage, the Chicago Red Stars forward has flown the Boston nest in search of some champion consistency of her own, with recent starlit spectaculars to add to the soundtrack reminders of her heartland. Read more →

Ari Freyr Skúlason interview: Ripping the odds and rocking the house – Left-back’s Desert Iceland discs


Earlier in his career, Iceland left-back Ari Freyr Skúlason light-heartedly responded when asked what his new club should expect from him with ‘a crazy man running and fighting.’ Admittedly, the current Sporting Lokeren man brings a lot more to the party than bustle, although in life, football and music, the metronome never really stops ticking for the Euro 2016 ever-present. Read more →

Taylor Smith interview: ‘Beauty in the struggle’ – New kicks in NC for the NWSL champ who came back with Courage

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A National Champion in college, Taylor Smith became a professional title-winner in her rookie season as part of the Western New York Flash’s unexpected 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) success. For the one-time UCLA prospect, the year was in fact much more about personal reconstruction than blazing a trail, with a first U.S. Women’s National Team call capping it all for the North Carolina Courage forward. Read more →