Grafer progresses from black pants to coach

December 21, 2008
By Kristian Dyer
He still remembers the first time he heard it.

It was 2001, and Paul Grafer was a backup goalkeeper for the club then known as the MetroStars. He was in the process of warming up, being peppered by the team's goalkeeping coach, Des McAleenan. Wearing his traditional black goalkeeping pants -- always snug and worn at almost Urkel (of "Family Matters") height -- Grafer went down to make a routine save, tossing the ball back to McAleenan, when a few voices from behind the goal -- where the ...

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