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Romain Gall rebounding after fall to Sweden's 3rd tier

Signed with fanfare by Columbus 18 months earlier, Romain Gall was released by the Crew in February 2016 after making just four first-team appearances in 1½ seasons. Just 21 years old, the midfielder had seen his hopes with Major League Soccer and the U.S. under-20 national team crater.

A little more than a month later, he signed with Nykopings, a third-tier team in a city of about 30,000 on Sweden's Baltic coast, south of Stockholm. With no place to stay at first, he moved into a room in the house of the club's chairman.

"My path was different because I went down three levels to then come back up," he said Tuesday. "I don't think a lot of people are...

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