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Inside The Times, ep. 19: Atlanta United, a Gainesville barber and the future of soccer
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Gainesville barber Felix Zuñiga gives client Kevin Mederos a fade cut Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at the Ivan Dominican Barbershop in Gainesville. Zuñiga also cuts the hair of Atlanta United players once per week at their training facility. He’s the only barber that cuts at the facility and has quickly become a favorite here in Gainesville, too. - photo by Scott Rogers

How do those Atlanta United players look so fresh when they’re winning championships? Thank Felix Zuñiga, a barber in Gainesville.

This week, the gang talks about Layne Saliba’s popular story about the barber at Ivan Dominican Barbershop on John Morrow Parkway. Following a tip from a friend of a friend, Layne discovered that — thanks to a chance encounter with one of the athletes on Instagram — Zuñiga got an in with the team and in 2017 started cutting the hair of a few players with Atlanta United.

In his story, Layne gives you a few behind-the-scenes tidbits about Atlanta’s team, which just won the Major League Soccer cup.

Layne, sports writer Sarah Woodall and features editor Nick Bowman also talk about their favorite sports, whether “flopping” in soccer is an act of evil and whether the newly popular sport is going to stick around in the United States.

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