In the pantheon of Great American Sports Movies, very few focus on soccer. Then again, very few Americans focus on soccer in general. Millions of kids might be in the youth soccer system, yet by adulthood they have seemingly forgotten their love of the beautiful game. Whereas the sport is the most beloved in the world, and a way of life overseas, it is more of a cult fanaticism in the States. Major League Soccer, the top-flight American soccer league, is so overshadowed by other sports in this country that very few people probably even noticed when the new season kicked off this past weekend.
Playing for Keeps seems to be trying to fill the gap in the American filmgoer’s consciousness that soccer has the potential to occupy. As a passionate fan of the sport, I admire the film’s frequent mentions of the European Champions League and teams like Celtic and Liverpool. »
- Lee Jutton
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