In the mold of Friday Night Lights, Steve Wilsonâ€™s The Boys from Little Mexico is one of those sports books that I finished in a couple days. It follows the all-latino Woodburn High School (just down I-5 from SPINw) soccer team through their 2005 season. The book goes back and forth between describing the season, the players and coaches, the history of the town to give a full picture of the school, the team, and itâ€™s community of players, coaches, and role models.
The sport psychology and the mental side of the game is a theme of this book. The coaches consistently talk about the fact that the playersâ€™ belief in themselves does not match their high level of skill. You can see it in the playersâ€™ comments and thoughts, too. Will they find the confidence and that extra edge they need to finally win it all? Check out the book to find out!