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Thomas Rongen shares his personal memories of Johan Cruyff, his former teammate and roommate. 

By Planet Futbol Podcast
March 25, 2016

Johan Cruyff's passing on Thursday has caused many to commemorate and remember the Dutch soccer icon, and someone with personal ties to Cruyff does that for us on a special edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast. 

Thomas Rongen, a former U.S. Soccer coach and teammate and roommate of Cruyff when both played in the NASL, joins SI's Grant Wahl to take a trip down memory lane and pay homage to his friend. Rongen, who grew up in the Netherlands while Cruyff burst onto the scene before becoming a peer, shares a number of personal stories and memories while also describing how much of an impact he had on the game of soccer. 

Listen to the podcast below (Warning: there is some explicit language in the course of conversation):

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