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NEXT GOAL WINS

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Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 5:00 am

With the 2014 World Cup upon us, it seems like an apt time for a documentary on one of the biggest losers in the history of FIFA soccer: American Samoa, which once lost a match to Australia by the record-setting score of 31-0. Their redemption seems like sports-movie heaven set in a beautiful locale, but Next Goal Wins is sluggish and strangely unengaging — the average episode of ESPN’s documentary series 30 for 30 is more compelling. More screen time should have gone to Jaiyah Saelua, a fa’afafine person — in the Samoan culture, one belonging to a third gender — who was the first such athlete to compete in a men’s FIFA World Cup qualifier. Not rated. 97 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe. 

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