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Billy Merck signed his first professional contract for indoor soccer’s Portland Pythons, in a career that also included stops with the Utah Freezz, Cascade Surge, Lafayette Lightning, and Louisiana Outlaws. Billy played the three for Pacific University (Oregon) where he was an NAIA All-American and later inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2013; he holds the Boxers’ all-time career assist record, which he set in 1997. He also played and coached for FC Portland. After playing, Billy completed three masters’ degrees—including his MFA from McNeese State University and his PhD from Washington State University. He writes about soccer and lives in the Portland area with his wife and son. Twitter: @billymerck.

Maggie O’Keefe is a painter and illustrator from Westchester, New York. She received her BFA from Cornell University in 2019 and studied at The Art Students League of New York. Maggie has exhibited her work at Dacia

How An American Became So Attached To Soccer, He Now Calls It Football

Kevin Lynch is a Malmö, Sweden-based creative director at Oatly (the oat milk company, not the sunglasses one). While most of his career has been spent at advertising agencies in the US, Canada, and China, he’s also served as the first director of marketing at China’s oldest international school, Shanghai American School, and created side projects that attracted reactions ranging from adoration (@Yearbnb) to death threats (Chicagoans for Rio).

You can read Kevin’s latest piece in McSweeney’s here.

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Leave a Little More

A writer and illustrator with deep roots in the game craft a story for soccer’s future stars.

In 2017 Sam Cronin—not to be confused with her husband and former MLS All-Star Sam Cronin—wrote the initial manuscript for Leave a Little More, a children’s book with a nucleus of soccer and empowering the everyday decisions we make. 

“I think when I was writing the book I was talking to myself just as much as anyone else. You don’t have to be doing something so obviously great in order to be making an impact,” said Cronin. 

The seed for the story was planted for Sam (the author) after the Cronins moved to Denver when Sam (the player), an MLS veteran and Hermann Award finalist at Wake Forest, was traded from San Jose to the Colorado Rapids on January 19th, 2015. Sam had been in advertising for most of her life and