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A lifelong soccer player, coach and fan, Brian Straus has been writing about the world's game for 15 years. He spent the first five years of his journalism career at his hometown paper,The Washington Post before moving on to AOL, Sporting News and then Sports Illustrated in July 2013. He's also freelanced for a number of publications and has been a regular contributor to radio, TV and podcast programs around the world. Brian covered the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and has been to soccer games in 24 countries on five continents. Some were rougher than others. He earned a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and now lives in Arlington, VA, about six miles from RFK Stadium.