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I met with some key figures from the Soccer Association of Columbia at its facility at Covenant Park this past Monday on request of Jim Carlan, who has held just about every position in that club over the years.

I met with John Ellinger, the club's technical director who oversees the development of players; Aki Lake, the director of recreational programs; Oscar Sancho-Davila, who represents the coaches; Craig Blackburn, the executive director; and Evegeney Yarosh, who is responsible for facilities maintenance and, most importantly, he coaches 3- and 4-year-olds.

The purpose of the meeting was to meet those individuals who are basically the foundation of a program that...