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The Aztlan Soccer League, named for the mythical place of origin of Aztec people, receives its due in the Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain on Apr 17. One of the players, Juan (none wanted their last names used), contributes the harrowing tale of having to pass on traditions of his native Juarez, Mexico, to his son:

My little boy, I put him aside and play [soccer] with him. But then he goes and watches the [Denver] Broncos. … How can you compete with the Broncos?

I teach my little boy all these [soccer] moves and tricks, then he turns on the TV and there are the Broncos. After a while it’s, “Let’s go play soccer.” And it’s, “No, no. I want to go play American football.”

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  1. The Global Game | Left Wing (Crossing soccer with life) » Pinny lanes | On the margins and in the barrens, soccer gains a foothold:

    [...] The Washington Post published a recent front-page feature on the attraction of area Latino soccer leagues—and the relatively lucrative construction jobs that go with them—to professionals from Central America (Nick Miroff, “Constructing Lives Off the Soccer Field,” Aug 7). For example, Calros Nerio of El Salvador, working in suburban Virginia in the off-season and playing for Liga de Manassas, “makes more in a week installing windows and doors than he made in a month as a pro fíºtbolista.” More than 30 Latino men’s leagues field teams in Washington, with between 8,000 and 12,000 players competing each weekend. (See also 11 Apr 06.) [...]

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