All but hidden in the mass of car dealerships in the bland part of Glendale lies Soccer Stores — or one of them, at least — part of a small Southern California chain. In this densely packed shop you'll find it all: the new Hypervenoms, the new Mercurials, the new Adidas 16s without shoelaces. And on the walls you'll find the jerseys — Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, of course, but also a number of smaller clubs, from Roma to Monaco to Porto. But the best part is the sale rack. New jerseys are expensive — a new Arsenal jersey will set you back at least $90. Here, you can find jerseys from a year or two ago for as little as $20. There's a helpful sales staff and best of all, there's always a game on the TV.
Credit: Hillel Aron