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Download and read online Coming Out to Play in PDF and EPUB Documents the trailblazing soccer champion's award-winning achievements with the NCAA, on the Olympics team and in Major League Soccer while recounting his decision to reveal his sexual orientation at the risk of his career. Includes tear-out trading cards. Original. 75,000 first printing.
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