Universe Cup by Jon Burr
Approx. 39,340 words.
Published on November 18, 2013.
When Xvadi stepped from the Red Box--the Kellian mother ship--into the Oval Office, President Davidson knew that the future of the Earth was in question. Once he learned that the Kellians were challenging the planet to a soccer tournament called the Universe Cup, the wheels began to move and the greatest soccer team to ever play was assembled. Will the Earth be saved? Can aliens even play soccer?