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Homeless immigrants soccer team

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LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25, 2010: Jarlin Leonel Hernandez, second from left, Marlon Alexander Lux Bal, second from right, and Melvin Alexander Lopez, right, dance to a band performing at a concert in Mariachi Plaza. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

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LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27, 2010: Jarlin Leonel Hernandez, left, and Melvin Alexander Lopez make their way through Boyle Heights to Roosevelt Senior High School where they are taking an ESL summer school class. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

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LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES - JULY 4, 2010: Jarlin Leonel Hernandez, left, and Melvin Alexander Lopez, right, share a laugh as they hang out in the room they share together at the shelter. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20, 2010: Jarlin Leonel Hernandez works on homework after school in one of the common rooms of the shelter. Jarlin, Melvin, and Alex all attend Roosevelt Senior High School in Boyle Heights. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

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LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25, 2010: Melvin Alexander Lopez, left, Jarlin Leonel Hernandez, center, and Marlon Alexander Lux Bal, right, share dinner together in the common room of the shelter following a Sunday afternoon practice. The guys now call themselves brothers and often share dinners and help one another with homework. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

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LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 1, 2010: Marlon Alexander Lux Bal spends a quiet moment in the van with his team as they drive back to the shelter after playing in a practice tournament in Long Beach. Alex, as he is known, grew up on his own in Guatemala City and earned money by recycling cans he found in the trash. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

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LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28, 2010: A resident of Jovenes shelter plays around with a soccer ball before a practice in Alhambra. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

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LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25, 2010: Coach Johny Figueroa speaks to members of the team after their second to last practice before they depart for Washington, D.C., to participate in the Street Soccer USA Cup. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

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LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25, 2010: Jarlin Leonel Hernandez goes after the ball as he plays defense against team member Wilber Escobedo Garcia, left, during a team soccer practice in Boyle Heights. At right is Jesus Alvarez, at center is coach Johny Figueroa, and second from left is Melvin Alexander Lopez. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

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LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25, 2010: Jarlin Leonel Hernandez goes after the ball as he plays defense against team member Wilber Escobedo Garcia, left, during a team soccer practice in Boyle Heights. At right is Jesus Alvarez, at center is coach Johny Figueroa, and second from left is Melvin Alexander Lopez. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

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