UNDERRATED: 'Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos' (2006):

A left-field documentary that came to DVD only last year, this film shines a light on a bizarre yet fascinating window in the '70s when international stars were wooed to play soccer in the U.S. -- with the help of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="hpp1883" title="Henry Kissinger" href="/topic/politics/henry-kissinger-hpp1883.topic">Henry Kissinger</a>, in Pelé's case -- and the sport took off for a magical instant. From your kid's league to the MLS, this is where it all began.
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( George Tiedmann / Courtesy of Mira / December 14, 2013 )

A left-field documentary that came to DVD only last year, this film shines a light on a bizarre yet fascinating window in the '70s when international stars were wooed to play soccer in the U.S. -- with the help of Henry Kissinger, in Pelé's case -- and the sport took off for a magical instant. From your kid's league to the MLS, this is where it all began.

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