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September is EPL's proving ground

Updated: September 9, 2011, 5:45 PM ET
By Mark Young

The U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona is a rugged, desolate, uncompromising place that's tough to reach: pretty much like soccer's elite level. I spent a few days there this week producing a television shoot about high-altitude parachute drops. Which naturally got me thinking about high fliers and precipitous plunges, and how September often serves as the proving ground for teams with soaring aspirations after a fast start to the season.

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