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From Iraq to Oaxaca, two American brothers are chasing soccer dream

Yohan, left, and Yousuf Zetuna have gone from playing soccer in the streets of Iraq as children, to the high school ranks in Michigan, and now on a professional level in Oaxaca.

Yousuf and Yohan Zetuna will often mix in Mexican slang and Spanish words into conversations among themselves. The two teenage brothers and teammates who are awaiting their professional soccer debut will bounce from Spanish, to English, to Arabic, to the Chaldean and Assyrian languages common in the northern region of their native Iraq. They are strangers in a strange land in Oaxaca, a city in southeast Mexico known for its historic architectural gems.

It is in Oaxaca that the two Iraqi-born Americans...

 By Tom Marshall

FMF launches investigation into taunts directed at Juarez's Gilberto Barbosa

The Mexican football federation (FMF) is investigating a report of racist taunts towards FC Juarez player Gilberto Barbosa in an Ascenso MX game against Alebrijes de Oaxaca last Friday.

Brazilian Barbosa was an unused substitute in the match, but was allegedly the subject of "monkey" chants as he warmed up on the touchline, bringing the player to tears.

"His pain was so great that he stopped warming up and went back to the bench crying," FC Juarez coach Miguel de Jesus Fuentes said afterwards.