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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.36

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    autobiography, professional, nickname, popular, become, stayed, caption, college, film, goal, with, forward, sport, several, born, during
     content words:    Bill Clinton, United States, Mia Hamm, David Beckham, Edson Arantes, South America, National Team, World Cup, New York, New York Cosmos
Goooaaal!

By Jody Williams
1     Caption: U.S. President Bill Clinton with Pelï申 of Brazil in Rio de Janiero, October 15, 1997
 
2     Soccer has become a popular sport in the United States. Today, many children play on soccer teams. Some start playing as early as three years old. Others play on school teams. Some play on college teams. A few play professionally. Today, future soccer players look up to Marta or Alex Morgan. They look up to David Beckham or Lionel Messi. Years ago, one soccer player helped to bring the sport to the U.S. His name is Pelï申.
 
3     Pelï申 was born on October 23, 1940. His real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He was given the nickname when he was in school. He did not like his nickname. He even got into a fight because of it. Pelï申 complained about his name all the time. The more he complained, the more it was used. Then everyone began using it. It stuck.
 
4     Pelï申 was born in Brazil. Brazil is a country in South America. He learned to play soccer at an early age. His father was a professional soccer player. He taught Pelï申 how to play. His family was poor. He could not afford a soccer ball. He often used a sock as a ball. It was stuffed with newspaper. He sometimes used a grapefruit.

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