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On Frame: A closeup of the Kicking + Screening Film Festival in NYC

Soccertown USA will preview June 7. It’s a film that takes a close look at Kearny, N.J., the cradle of American soccer that produced Tony Meola, John Harkes and Tab Ramos

 NEW YORK — The Kicking + Screening Film Festival enters its 11th year with a group of independent soccer films unveiled June 4-7 at the Scandinavian House in New York City. Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks sat down with festival co-founder Greg Lalas, who gave a summary on all the feature films. 

Soccertown USA will preview June 7 at the festival. It’s a film that takes a close look at Kearny, N.J., the cradle of American soccer that has produced Tony Meola, John Harkes and Tab Ramos — who all grew up just a mile from each other before representing the United States together in a World Cup. South Orange, N.J. resident Tom McCabe is one of the producers of Soccertown USA and he joined the shoe to talk about all the soccer history Kearny has to offer, dating to the late 1800’s.

“Kearny is a mysterious, even mystical, soccer place. There’s fields all over town. There’s dust bowls. When you study soccer, you have to look at this as the cradle of American soccer, one of these really, really important places to our game in this country.” — Tom McCable, Soccertown USA.

 

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