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One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together

One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together

by Amy Bass


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In the tradition of Friday Night Lights and Outcasts United, One Goal tells the inspiring story of the soccer team in a town bristling with racial tension that united Somali refugees and multi-generation Mainers in their quest for state — and ultimately national — glory.

When thousands of Somali refugees resettled in Lewiston, Maine, a struggling, overwhelmingly white town, longtime residents grew uneasy. Then the mayor wrote a letter asking Somalis to stop coming, which became a national story. While scandal threatened to subsume the town, its high school's soccer coach integrated Somali kids onto his team, and their passion began to heal old wounds. Taking readers behind the tumult of this controversial team — and onto the pitch where the teammates vied to become state champions and achieved a vital sense of understanding — One Goal is a timely story about overcoming the prejudices that divide us.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316396547
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

A professor of history in New York, Amy Bass lived in Lewiston, Maine for four years as a student at Bates College. Her writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, and CNN Opinion, and her work for NBC's Olympics coverage earned her an Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Live Event Turnaround. One Goal is her fourth book.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Why Not Us? 1

Chapter 2 We Have to Go Back 20

Chapter 3 Welcome to Vacationland 33

Chapter 4 Many and One 50

Chapter 5 I Still Say Somalia 68

Chapter 6 Grind Mode 86

Chapter 7 I Live My Thank-You 102

Chapter 8 1-2-3 Pamoja Ndugu 111

Chapter 9 Lewiston Pure 133

Chapter 10 Saints, Martyrs, and Summer Soccer 150

Chapter 11 Many Nations, One Team 166

Chapter 12 Inshallah, We Got This 181

Chapter 13 Our House 201

Chapter 14 Straight Red 217

Chapter 15 Do Not Retaliate 236

Chapter 16 Everyone Bleeds Blue 247

Chapter 17 Make It a Good One 261

Epilogue: The Devils That You Know 285

Lewiston High School Blue Devils Soccer State Champions 2015 295

Postscript: Soccer Is Life 297

Acknowledgments 301

Reading Group Guide 305

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