It's 1976 and the United States is home to The Giganticos, a football super squad led by the one and only Pearl of Brazil, and more or less the only reason AASSA (American All-Star Soccer Association) exists.
Enter Danny Hooper, a third-division English
footballer from East Southwhich Albion, whose thuggish reputation limits
him to playing the role of enforcer on the pitch, despite his
admiration for the artistry of world-class football from Latin America
and the Continent. After Danny takes his frustrations out on an
unfortunate opponent's tibia, he finds himself sold to the
Rose City Revolution of Portland. But there is more to the trade than a
shocked Danny could ever imagine: turns out, he's going to
America not just to introduce soccer to its skeptical masses, but to
help foil a communist plot. The future of
America's soccer league, not to mention the life of the
world's greatest soccer player, hangs in the balance and Danny Hooper is their only hope.
Dennie Wendt's pure love of the game, and his poetic sideline accounting of the Revolution's season, match by match, will leave you cheering at the end.