Hispanic Heritage Month

Perez was the U.S. team's first genuine playmaker

October 3, 2009
By Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet
As Hugo Perez sits down at his kitchen table, he looks like a contented man. And why not? He lives in a beautiful two-story house in the sun-splashed Northern California town of Vallejo. He's happily married, has five children, and earns a comfortable living as a full-time scout and technical advisor for the U.S. Soccer Federation's Development Academy.

Yet if anyone has reason to sit around and ponder life's cruel twists, it's Perez. One of the best U.S. soccer players of his generation, ...

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