An indoor soccer arena in Watsonville smells like sweat. As music pumps from the speakers, two teams fight for control of the ball.
The players at this tournament have met before, but under different circumstances. One team wears navy. They’re law enforcement officers.
The other team comes from the Aztecas Soccer Academy, a program under the Santa Cruz County Probation Department that’s giving former gang members and at-risk youth a second chance. They wear purple.