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By Bob Halloran

A cop-turned-coach takes youth from gang-ridden streets to the gridiron


From the writer of Irish Thunder comes the real tale concerning the collision of violent crime and highschool soccer in a difficult New England city. Friday evening Lights meets Boyz n the Hood in this ebook a few soccer coach—also a cop at the gang beat—who pulls childrens off the streets and places them at the box with a mix of kindness and intimidation.


In Breakdown (whose identify alludes to a pregame psyche-up ritual), Bob Halloran will get contained in the life-or-death struggles of pupil athletes from the Bloods, Crips, MS-13s, and Latin Kings in Chelsea, Massachusetts--the Boston area's most harsh city. While exploring the anger, worry, and violence of those younger males, he follows the Chelsea crimson Devils as they vie for a championship and the players try making soccer their way out. in the meantime, tough-love trainer James Atkins serves as a cop within the Chelsea Police Department’s Gang Unit, inquiring for his gamers’ blood, sweat, and tears at the box . . . and hoping their blood doesn’t spill off it. Will soccer be their option to a greater existence, or will road lifestyles endlessly hang-out them?

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