The New York Cosmos were one of the best, most popular teams in the now-defunct North American Soccer League (NASL). Owned by Warner Brothers, the team could afford to bring in some of the world's greatest soccer players (among them Pele and German great, Franz Beckenbauer), albeit when they were generally past their prime. The story of the team - and the NASL in general - is a fascinating one to soccer dorks like myself, but the fact that a pair of major companies have actually acquired distribution rights to a Cosmos movie is sort of mind-blowing (in a very good way).

The movie, a GreenStreet Films/Passion Pictures production, is called Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos and, thanks to Miramax, it will be hitting American theaters this spring. And, as if that isn't already exciting enough (trust me, it's exciting), ESPN shares the rights with Miramax, and hopes to air the movie on its channels this summer, in concert with coverage of the World Cup.

Man. What with Green Street Hooligans, Goal!, and now this, it's starting to look like Americans might...like soccer. Could it really be?
categories Movies, Cinematical