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  1. 8.6 hrs • 9/26/2016 • Unabridged

    From the celebrated star of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, an inspiring, uplifting, and candid memoir of how she got there In 2015, the U.S .Women’s National Soccer Team won its first FIFA championship in sixteen years, culminating in an epic final game that electrified soccer fans around the world. It featured a gutsy, brilliant performance by team captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd, who made history that day, scoring a hat trick—three goals in one game—during the first sixteen minutes. But there was a time when Carli almost quit the sport. In 2003 she was struggling, her soccer career at a crossroads. Then she found a trusted trainer, James Galanis, who saw in Carli a player with raw talent, skill, and a great dedication to the game. What Carli lacked was fitness, mental toughness, and character. Together they set to work, training day and night, fighting, grinding it out. No one worked harder than Carli. And no one believed in her more than James. Despite all the naysayers, the times she was benched, moments when her self-confidence took a nosedive, she succeeded in becoming one of the best players in the world. This candid reflection on a remarkable turnaround takes readers inside the women’s national team and the head of an athlete who willed herself to perform at the highest levels of her sport.

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    When Nobody Was Watching

    8.6 hrs • 9/26/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 5.0 hrs • 6/16/2015 • Unabridged

    Robbie Rogers knows better than most that keeping secrets can crush you. But for much of his life he lived in paralyzing fear that sharing his big secret would cost him the love of his family and his career as a professional soccer player. So he never told anyone what was destroying his soul, both on and off the field. While the world around Robbie was changing with breathtaking speed, he knew that for a gay man playing a professional team sport it might as well be 1958. He could be a professional soccer player, or he could be an out gay man. He couldn’t do both. Then in 2013, at the age of twenty-five and after nearly stepping away from a brilliant career—one that included an NCAA Championship, winning the MLS Cup, and competing in the Olympics—he chose to tell the truth. But instead of facing the rejection he feared, he was embraced—by his family, his teammates, and his fans. In Coming Out to Play, Robbie takes listeners on his incredible journey from terrified teenager to a trailblazing out-and-proud professional soccer player for the LA Galaxy, a man who has embraced his new identity as a role model and champion for those still struggling with the secrets that keep them from living their dreams.

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    Coming Out to Play

    5.0 hrs • 6/16/15 • Unabridged
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    8.4 hrs • 12/9/2014 • Unabridged

    In this inspiring, down-to-earth memoir the revered goalkeeper and American icon idolized by millions worldwide for his dependability, daring, and humility recounts his rise to stardom at the 2014 World Cup, the psychological and professional challenges he has faced, and the enduring faith that has sustained him. In The Keeper, the man who electrified the world with his amazing performance in Brazil does something he would never do on a soccer field: he drops his guard. As fiercely protective about his privacy as he is guarding the goal on the field, Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette’s syndrome defied the odds to become one of the world’s premier goalkeepers. The Keeper recalls his childhood, being raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of sports and a devout Christian faith that helped him cope when he was diagnosed with Tourette’s in the fifth grade. He looks back over his fifteen-year professional career—from becoming the youngest player to win MLS Goalkeeper of the Year to his storied move to the English Premier League with Manchester United and his current team, Liverpool’s Everton, to becoming an overnight star after his record-making performance with the United States Men’s National Team. He also talks about the things closest to his heart—the importance of family and the Christian beliefs that guide him. Told in Howard’s thoughtful and articulate voice, The Keeper is an illuminating look at a remarkable man who is an inspirational role model for all of us.

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    The Keeper

    By Tim Howard, with Ali Benjamin
    8.4 hrs • 12/9/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.7 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Unabridged

    Game of Shadows meets Among the Thugs in this revelatory true-life crime thriller and exposé involving greed, corruption, an Asian crime syndicate, and the fixing of international soccer matches at the highest levels of the game, including the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup. In February 2013, the director of Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, made the shocking announcement that seven hundred international soccer matches had been fixed since 2008, including World Cup qualifying and exhibition matches, with a Chinese criminal syndicate pulling the strings. For the first time, investigative journalist Brett Forrest takes us inside the underworld of one of organized crime’s most profitable businesses—a $1 trillion annual international betting market, of which soccer comprises 70 percent. Forrest uncovered a web of nefarious dealings across the world, even on US soil. As he found, no match is safe—not even the World Cup tournament—and law enforcement officials lack the resources to stop it. But one man has taken this criminal enterprise on: Chris Eaton, former head of security for FIFA. Now with the International Center for Sports Security in Qatar, this rough and tumble Australian and longtime Interpol cop has tracked down some of the biggest fixers and their financial backers and continues his mission to clean up the world’s most popular sport. Filled with headline making revelations, The Big Fix is must reading for soccer fans and true crime aficionados.

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    The Big Fix

    6.7 hrs • 5/6/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.6 hrs • 5/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Soccer, football, the beautiful game—the world’s most popular sport goes by many names, but for decades, fans have agreed on one thing: the greatest player of all time was Pelé. Now the legendary star, ambassador, and humanitarian shares his story, experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time. Before Messi, before Ronaldo, before Beckham, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimento-known simply as Pelé. A national treasure, he created pure magic with his accomplishments on the field: an unprecedented three World Cup championships and the all-time scoring record, with 1,283 goals in his twenty-year career. Now, with the World Cup returning after more than sixty years to Brazil—the country often credited with perfecting the sport—soccer has a unique opportunity to encourage change on a global level. And as the tournament’s official ambassador, Pelé is ready to be the face of progress. For the first time ever, Pelé explores the recent history of the game and provides new insights into soccer’s role connecting and galvanizing players around the world. He has traveled the world as the global ambassador for soccer and in support of charitable organizations such as Unicef, promoting the positive influences soccer can have to transform young men and women, struggling communities, even entire nations. In groundbreaking detail and with unparalleled openness, he shares his most inspiring experiences, heartwarming stories and hard-won wisdom, and he puts the game in perspective. This is Pelé‘s legacy, his way of passing on everything he’s learned and inspiring a new generation. In Why Soccer Matters, Pelé details his ambitious goals for the future of the sport and, by extension, the world.

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    Why Soccer Matters

    Read by Sean Pratt
    7.6 hrs • 5/1/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 3.6 hrs • 2/24/2014 • Abridged

    Taken from Sightlines: A Stadium Odyssey, Ciudad de los Estadios (City of Stadiums) travels around the football grounds of Buenos Aires, thirty-six in all. Football writer Simon Inglis knew what had to be done as soon as he read the quote: “We have more stadiums than public libraries,” which was reported by a Buenos Aires newspaper bemoaning illiteracy rates amongst the city’s football fundamentalists. Digging deeper, Inglis calculated that Buenos Aires has indeed more football grounds than other city in the world. So it was that in 1998 he set off, armed with a map the size of a double bed and accompanied by a River Plate fanatic who also happened to be a pyschotherapist. From the lofty heights of Boca’s Bombonera to the crumbling terraces of Sacachispas; via clubs called Arsenal, All Boys, and Atlanta; encountering tangoistas, drug-fueled hooligans, and Peronists en route; here is the tale of his seven-day quest. On his list are thirty-six canchas, or grounds. But would he get to them all? And just as importantly, would the therapy help?

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    Sightlines: Ciudad de los Estadios

    3.6 hrs • 2/24/14 • Abridged
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  7. 10.3 hrs • 2/12/2013 • Unabridged

    “My family doesn’t do happy endings. We do sad endings or frustrating endings or no endings at all. We are hardwired to expect the next interruption or disappearance or broken promise.” Hope Solo is the face of the modern female athlete. She is fearless, outspoken, and the best in the world at what she does: protecting the goal of the US women’s soccer team. Her outsized talent has led her to the pinnacle of her sport—the Olympics and the World Cup—and made her into an international celebrity who is just as likely to appear on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as she is on the covers of Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, and Vogue. But her journey—which began in Richland, Washington, where she was raised by her strong-willed mother on the scorched earth of defunct nuclear testing sites—is similarly haunted by the fallout of her family history. Her father, a philanderer and con man, was convicted of embezzlement when Solo was an infant. She lost touch with him as he drifted out of prison and into homelessness. By the time they reunited, years later, in the parking lot of a grocery store, she was an all-American goalkeeper at the University of Washington and already a budding prospect for the US national team; he was living in the woods. Despite harboring serious doubts even about the provenance of her father’s last name (and her own), Solo embraces him as fiercely as she pursues her dreams of being a world-class soccer player. When those dreams are threatened by her standing within the national team, as when she was famously benched in the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup after four shutouts and spoke her piece publicly, we see a woman of uncompromising independence and hard-won perseverance navigate the petty backlash against her. For the first time, she tells her version of that controversial episode and offers with it a full understanding of her hard-scrabble life. Moving and sometimes shocking, Solo is a portrait of an athlete finding redemption. This is the Hope Solo few have ever glimpsed. 

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    Solo

    By Hope Solo, with Ann Killion
    10.3 hrs • 2/12/13 • Unabridged
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