USMNT: The Movie?

31 Oct

For American fans, this past summer’s world cup in South Africa was one for the memory books. The USMNT put on an amazing performance and showed the world that American’s CAN play soccer. Their amazing heart, determination, and skill didn’t go unnoticed. Thousands of fans throughout America posted their reactions to some of the spectacular moments on YouTube, and the popular alternative rock band Weezer made an unofficial anthem for the team. This high level of soccer “buzz” hasn’t been seen in the United States since the days of the New York Cosmos. With the MLS playoffs in full swing and a new World Cup qualifying campaign around the corner, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hollywood capitalize on the new found popularity of the USMNT. The soccer market in America is generally open for business and is practically waiting for big time producers to move in. The sheer theatricalness of this past year’s World Cup leaves it open to a wide variety of film ideas. Take note Hollywood, there are many actors that could play a nice part in the film if it were to be made.

If I were the casting director I would cast the film as follows.

Head Coach Bob Bradley would be played by Bruce Willis.

USMNT Head Coach











The resemblance is just spot on. Everything from their personalities to their looks would make this a must. And who knows, Bruce Willis may just put in an Oscar winning performance. Next up we have Landon Donovan, one of the greatest American soccer players of all time. A great film needs some comic relief right? I would cast Ben Stiller to play Landon Donovan.

So you’re probably asking yourself “Why Ben Stiller?” In my opinion this would be the perfect match. Ben Stiller is not just a comedic actor. His dramatic roles have been exceptional as well. For instance, in the film Greenberg Ben Stiller delivered an exceptional and emotional performance. It would make more sense for someone of  his caliber to play a person as complex and dynamic as Landon Donovan. Moving right along, we have American goalkeeper Tim Howard. I would cast Keegan-Michael Key who is best known for his roles on MadTv.











The resemblance between the two is uncanny. I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if they switched places between the goal posts.

These are a few of my picks for the cast of a USMNT movie. Who do you think should appear in a film about the team? Post your picks in the comment section below.

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