The Midnight Riders, the New England Revolution’s oldest and largest supporters group, will host a screening of the new soccer documentary “Next Goal Wins” at Boston’s Fenway Regal 13 Cinemas on August 28 at 7:30 p.m.
“Next Goal Wins” tells the story of the American Samoan national soccer team. After a devastating 31-0 loss to Australia they were dubbed “the worst football team on the planet.” In an attempt to improve the team and change its reputation they brought in former New England Revolution head coach Thomas Rongen.
The movie might be of some solace for Revolution fans, who recently endured an eight-game losing streak after a promising spring. Last week, the Revolution allowed the 10-man New York Red Bulls to come from behind and win 2-1.
“As soon as I saw the trailer for “Next Goal Wins” I knew that I had to see this movie,” said Midnight Riders Vice President and screening coordinator Chris Camille. “When I started talking to others it seemed like there was a lot of interest, so we figured ‘Why not host a screening?’”
The screening is being run through Gathr, a service which describes itself as “Theatrical On Demand. Your film. Your friends.” The screening requires that a “tipping point” of 65 tickets are sold by August 15.
The Midnight Riders frequently arrange community events, such as the February 15 FIFA video game tournament at The Greatest Bar in Boston for ThinkTaylor.org, Taylor Twellman's foundation for concussion awareness.
Read my interview with Midnight Riders president Fran Harrington here.