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Heron the forgotten pioneer of U.S. soccer

Updated: February 14, 2007, 4:15 PM ET
By Frank Dell'Apa | Special to ESPN.com

If he were playing soccer today, Giles Heron might be preparing for Champions League games with Celtic FC. And, once his European career concluded, Heron would be recruited by the Chicago Fire to return to the city where his son was born and where his career was launched.

But when Heron became the first black player to perform for Celtic in 1951, there was no Champions League competition. Heron was accepted by Celtic supporters but, apparently, not the media. When Heron returned ...

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