I was eager to find my team. It was my first year in the ten-and-under league, and by some miracle, my two best friends, Hector Adélia and Tommy Kasten, were on my team. They were both excellent players. And my mom said that our coach, Mr. Carmody, had been a college soccer coach, so I figured he knew everything.
The Pirates were going to rule the soccer season. We would score a million goals.
Or at least fifty.
“This year is going to be awesome!” Tommy said. “Can you believe we’re on the same team?”
“The Pirates,” Hector said.
“More like the Proud Pirates!” Tommy said.
“The Proud Punishing Pirates,” I said.
“The three of us together,” Tommy said solemnly, raising his hand, “will be known as the Pirates of Doom. Arrrrrr!”
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