Eons ago, Beau Dure graduated from Duke and went back there for grad school. Then he went through papers in Wilmington (N.C.) and Greensboro (N.C.), where he started producing online content in 1995.

He landed in the D.C. suburbs with USA TODAY and filled too many roles to count -- soccer columnist, online Olympics editor, stat-feed wrangler, chat producer, Sports Scope blogger (now called Game On!), Beijing man-of-all-sports and MMA beat writer.

Somewhere along the way, he wrote "Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer." Then he left USA TODAY for a variety of things, including two more soccer books and freelance work for The Guardian, FourFourTwo, SoccerWire, Popdose, ESPN, Fox Soccer and more. He first helped out at Bleacher Report for the 2012 Olympics. And not least, he's a devoted husband, dad and youth soccer coach.

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