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The Boys from Little Mexico: A Season Chasing the American Dream

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For nineteen straight years, the all-Hispanic boys’ soccer team from Oregon’s Woodburn High has made the playoffs. As they prepare to make it twenty, one thing will become clear: Los Perros play the beautiful game with heart, pride, and their lives on the line. Their spirited drive gives a rare sense of hope and unity to a blue-collar farming community that has been transformed by waves of immigrants over recent decades, a town locals call “Little Mexico.” Watched over by a south Texas transplant—a surrogate father to half the squad—this band of brothers must learn to come together on the field and look after each other off it.

 

More than just riveting sports writing, The Boys from Little Mexico is about the fight for the future of the next generation—and a hard, true look at boys dismissed as gang-bangers, told to “go home” by lily-white sideline crowds. The wins and losses they notch along the way spin a striking tale about what it takes to capture the American Dream.

 

Synopsis:

In the tradition of Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights, a sensitive and clear-eyed journalist takes us deep inside Oregon's only all-Hispanic boys' high school soccer team, a team whose players stand on the cusp of change.

The all-Hispanic boys' soccer team from Woodburn High has made the playoffs for nineteen straight years--but they've never won a championship. As they prepare to make it twenty, one thing will become clear: Los Perros play the beautiful game with heart, pride, and their lives on the line. More than just riveting sports writing, The Boys from Little Mexico is about the fight for the future of the next generation--and a hard, true look at boys dismissed as gang-bangers, told to "go home" by lily-white sideline crowds. The wins and losses they notch along the way spin a striking tale about what it takes to capture the American Dream. 

About the Author

Steve Wilson is a writer and private investigator. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two sons. This is his first book.

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Table of Contents

Preface

 

Introduction

The Field of Play

 

Preseason

One: Steps to Success

 

Two: The Immigrants’ Game

 

Three: Octavio

 

Four: Water on Stone

 

Season

Five: A Lush and Level Field

 

Six: El Norte

 

Seven: Carlos

 

Eight: Adjustments

 

Nine: The Woodburn Curse

 

Ten: Reading and Writing

 

Eleven: Playing Rough

 

Postseason

Twelve: The Fourth Seed

 

Thirteen: This Dream

 

Fourteen: Just a Game

 

Fifteen: Game Over

 

Epilogue

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807001523
Author:
Wilson, Steve
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Soccer
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Soccer
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6 x 0.71 in 0.8 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights, a sensitive and clear-eyed journalist takes us deep inside Oregon's only all-Hispanic boys' high school soccer team, a team whose players stand on the cusp of change.

The all-Hispanic boys' soccer team from Woodburn High has made the playoffs for nineteen straight years--but they've never won a championship. As they prepare to make it twenty, one thing will become clear: Los Perros play the beautiful game with heart, pride, and their lives on the line. More than just riveting sports writing, The Boys from Little Mexico is about the fight for the future of the next generation--and a hard, true look at boys dismissed as gang-bangers, told to "go home" by lily-white sideline crowds. The wins and losses they notch along the way spin a striking tale about what it takes to capture the American Dream. 

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