Preview: Upcoming Soccer Docs

“Next Goal Wins” is a documentary about the American Somoa National Soccer team, which holds the record for the largest defeat in an international match where they lost 31-0 to Australia. The film depicts their journey in an effort to improve their rank as one of the worst international teams with Thomas Rongen as their head coach, who joined the association in 2011. Rongen is a former D.C. United and Chivas USA head coach, and looks to be putting in quite the effort at American Somoa. Even with their poor record, the spirit of the team is still high and it looks like a pretty entertaining doc.

“Kings of the New City” is a Kickstarter documentary project about the story of an American, Nick Pugliese, who moved to Afghanistan for a job with a Telecom company and ended up quitting to play professional soccer with a Kabul-based club. He documented his journey on his blog, and decided to start filming when some of his teammates were willing to share their remarkable stories. The Kickstarter campaign is about $1,500 short of reaching its funding goal with a week left to go.


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