The movie premiered on July 7, 2006 in the New York City area. Miramax distributed the film only in limited release.
The movie combines the narration of veteran actor Matt Dillon with interviews with many of the team's legendary star players (with the notable exception of Pelé) and footage of the team in the North American Soccer League in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The film was released in conjunction with a companion piece book, Once in a Lifetime: The Incredible Story of the New York Cosmos (ISBN 0802142885), written by Gavin Newsham and released in 2006.
The soundtrack released on CD includes many of the songs listed below.