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Seattle Soccer Film Festival brings 'the beautiful game' to a big screen

A documentary about one of the worst national men’s soccer teams is a part of the first Seattle Soccer Film Festival, taking place Dec. 9-11. The film also happens to have a local connection.

The documentary “Next Goal Wins” follows the American Samoa Men’s National team in their quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. One of the assistant coaches for the team grew up in the Tacoma area.

Raised in Western Washington, Grace Madigan has contributed to the International Examiner, KEXP, and Sip Northwest. She previously served as director for The Evergrey, a newsletter for Seattle locals. She likes to play and watch soccer, cook dumplings and create playlists.