Hans Backe has it all under control

Updated: March 23, 2012, 9:32 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Hans Backe is savoring the little things. The first day of spring's sun. A cup of strong, non-American coffee. His snus -- the tiny pouches of tobacco some Swedes can't live without tucking into their lower lip a few times a day.

He's just put his pricey New York Red Bulls through their paces during morning practice, gently steering his veteran team through 7-on-7 spacing drills. It isn't hard to spot him. His snow-white hair and stubble of a few ...

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