Fred Bowen

Children's sports author and Washington Post/KidsPost sports columnist

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The fast pacing makes this story of friendship and overcoming insurmountable odds engaging, especially to soccer fans. Additionally, play-by-play accounts of the games make the action easy to follow and highly suspenseful, as readers become engrossed in whether a score will be made or a game won. —Children’s Literature

Soccer Team Upset


It is just the beginning of the soccer season, but Tyler is pumped. His team is stacked with awesome players and they have a real shot at being league champions. When a couple of the stars consider leaving to play on a travel team, Tyler is furious. Then he finds out that star-power isn’t the only way to win games.

The History

In the 1950 World Cup, which was played in Brazil, the ragtag U.S. soccer team shocked the world when it defeated the power-packed team from England. Read about that thrilling U.S. victory in the bonus history chapter in Soccer Team Upset.