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In Store Tuesday, November 01, 2022 7:00 PM PT

Adam Elder discusses NEW KIDS IN THE WORLD CUP with Max Bretos

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JoinBarnes & Noble - The Grove at Farmers Market on November 1, 2022, as we welcome award-winning journalist and editor Adam Elder to the store to discuss & sign NEW KIDS IN THE WORLD CUP, in conversation with Max Bretos.


***Vaccinations and mask coverings are highly recommended to attend this event.***

To make this event safe and enjoyable for all attendees, please read the below guidelines ahead of buying a ticket, so you know what to expect on the day. To avoid disappointment, we must stress that there will be no access to the event for non-ticketholders.

  • Barnes & Noble reserves the right to make new rules and orders in its sole discretion with regard to COVID-19 at any time and any person not abiding by the Barnes & Noble directives will be refused entry or directed to leave the premises.


**A ticket includes:

  • SEATED Book Admission - $38.27 (Admission + one copy of NEW KIDS IN THE WORLD CUP): **LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE**: A ticket PER PERSON includes:
    • Admission to the event space for the discussion with Adam Elder.
  • STANDING-ROOM ONLY Book Admission - (FREE Admission): **LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE**: A ticket PER PERSON includes:
    • Admission to the event space for the discussion with Adam Elder.

For Seated Tickets: Limited quantity is available and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase of a ticket guarantees entrance to the event for the discussion and signing. However, this ticket may not necessarily guarantee a seat at the event, as later arrivals may be placed in a line behind the seated audience.

For Standing Room-Only Tickets: Limited quantity is available and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase of a ticket guarantees entrance to the event for the discussion and signing. Ticket holders will be granted a standing view from behind the seated audience -- some views may be more limited/obstructed than others.

  • Ticket holders will be admitted into the event beginning at 6:00 PM on the day of the event. Please have a copy of your ticket available (either printed out or on your phone) for check-in.


  • This is a DISCUSSION, AUDIENCE Q&A, and SIGNING event.
  • Due to COVID-19, vaccinations and masks are highly recommended to attend this event.
  • No large bags will be permitted into the event.
  • In order to attend this event, ticket holders should:
    • Have not had any contact in the last 14 days with a confirmed COVID-19 patient.
    • Not be subject to a quarantine order.
    • Not travel in the past 14 days to any state or country that California has designated as an area requiring isolation upon returning to the state.
    • At the time of the event, have not experienced in the last 72 hours any body temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or any new symptoms associated with COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; and/or diarrhea.
  • Barnes & Noble may cancel this event at any time with or without notice to the ticket holders.


  • Some outside queuing may be required, so please come dressed appropriately for all weather.
  • The exact time at which the event ends will be determined on the day.
  • To avoid disappointment, we strongly advise you to arrive on time for the event. Late arrivals may not have the opportunity to enter the event space.
  • Due to health and safety and space limitations, those without a ticket will not be permitted to join the queue.
  • All event guidelines are subject to change.
  • If you have any additional questions, you can call the store directly at 323-525-0270.

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Attendees can receive refunds up to 1 day before your event start date.

If you are unable to attend the event, Barnes & Noble - The Grove will hold your book for seven days after the event. Please contact the store to arrange your pickup.

Should this event be canceled due to changing COVID-19 concerns, all customers will be refunded their ticket price to the original method of payment per Eventbrite's refund policy.

Event guidelines are subject to change.



In 1990, though no one knew it then, a fearless group of players changed the sport of soccer in the United States forever. Young, bronzed, and mulleted, they were America’s finest athletes in a sport that America loved to hate. Even sportswriters rooted against them. Yet this team defied massive odds and qualified for the World Cup, making possible America’s current obsession with the world’s most popular game.

In this era, a U.S. Soccer Federation head coach had a better-paying day job as a black-tie restaurant waiter. Players earned $20 a day. The crowd at home games cheered for their opponent, and the fields were even mismarked. In Latin America the U.S. team bus had a machine gun turret mounted on the back, locals would sabotage their hotel, and in the stadiums spectators would rain coins, batteries, and plastic bags of urine down on the American players. The world considered the U.S. team to be total imposters—the Milli Vanilli of soccer. Yet on the biggest stage of all, in the 1990 World Cup, this undaunted American squad and their wise coach earned the adoration of Italy’s star players and their fans in a gladiator-like match in Rome’s deafening Stadio Olimpico.

From windswept soccer fields in the U.S. heartland to the CIA-infested cauldron of Central America and the Caribbean, behind the recently toppled Iron Curtain and into the great European soccer cathedrals, New Kids in the World Cup is the origin story of modern American soccer in a time when power ballads were inescapable and mainstream America was discovering hip-hop. It’s the true adventure of America’s most important soccer team, which made possible everything that’s come since—including America finally falling in love with soccer.


Adam Elder is an award-winning journalist and editor whose soccer writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Newyorker.com, and Wired.com. A former managing editor of Triathlete and Competitor magazines, he has also written for Esquire, Air Mail, Vice,ESPN.com, Outside Online, and MEL Magazine.


Max is one of the preeminent voices on the sport of soccer/football in North America, and for over 2 decades has been working almost exclusively on a National level. Beginning with his days as the lead broadcaster for Fox Soccer Channel, the first network dedicated to the sport in the U.S. & Canada. Over his time there he was the pxp voice for no less than 30 major Leagues and Tournaments on a daily basis. That includes the Premier League which saw its first real arrival in the marketplace at Fox.

During his time there, Max also worked for Major League Soccer doing weekly game for the League. Was a correspondent for the Soccer AM show on Sky Sports, which saw him cross paths with one Andy Goldstein.

Bretos would move on to ESPN in 2010, working for the Worldwide Leader in Sports for 9 years. He not only worked on major soccer projects, but on all major sporting events, leading to being a key anchor for the Company’s flagship show Sportscenter.

In 2018 Max took the job as lead broadcaster and content creator for LAFC of Major League Soccer. During his time the Club has quickly become one of the most prominent in the League, building an International footprint.

Recently, Bretos has also entered the fight game. He is main broadcaster for Hispanic fight promotion Combate Global. He has also called boxing for Golden Boy.

Event Location
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-0270
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