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57. Soccer Tryouts
Howard was never the athletic type. In fact,
was always the fat kid. People made fun
him for his size. Howard wanted to change
. He wanted to be more healthy. He wanted
get into sports. He saw a flyer for
tryouts. Howard never played soccer, but he watched
on TV. Howard had one week to get
He watched soccer games on his
for two hours. He bought a soccer ball
kicked it around at home and at the
. He bought the book How to Play Soccer.
asked his dad to play with him, too.
felt like he was a great soccer player!
was ready! He went to tryouts. There were
least fifty boys trying out. Howard got nervous.
all looked like they knew what they were
. They could bounce the ball on their heads,
the ball with their knees, and kick the
The coach set up a game for
boys to play. Howard was on the "red"
. Someone passed the ball to Howard. Howard stopped
the middle of the field. "What are you
, man?" his teammate asked. Howard took a deep
and told himself he could do it. Howard
his head back into the game. He caught
ball with his foot and made a goal.
couldn't believe it; no one could. Howard made