What is your name and your home field location?
We are Tim Hampson and Andrew Sinclair, Germany’s co-captains, and Andrew Renuart, an athlete from the team. We play at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Northeast High fields.
How did you hear about the Unity Cup?
Tim and Andrew S.: We heard about it through the grapevine. We are very involved in the Philadelphia soccer community, so this is something that we found out about very easily.
Andrew R.: The first time I heard about the Unity Cup was through Tim and Andrew S., when they started going about fielding a team for the tournament.
What were your initial impressions when you heard about the Unity Cup?
Tim and Andrew S.: We saw it as an opportunity for the growth and development of adult amateur soccer. We were very excited about soccer being able to take center stage in Philadelphia, a city that has a rich soccer tradition.
Andrew R.: I was also very excited when I heard about the tournament. The first thing I did was read up on it and research it. I loved the scale of the project as well as the idea and motivation behind it. For me, this tournament was unique and new, but yet seemed so obvious for a city in a country built largely by immigrants.
Why are you so passionate about soccer?
Tim and Andrew S.:
We volunteer and play at Casa Soccer, a non-profit league which boasts around 6,000 players. We identify ourselves and the league as the pulse of soccer in the city.
Andrew R.: I am so passionate because I grew up playing soccer, and it’s one of those things that have been a love of mine all that time. I spent much of my early years living in Germany, and soccer was a mainstay in my life.
Why do you think soccer is so universal?
Soccer is the universal language. I [Andrew] spent time not only in Germany, but also west and South Africa. Everywhere I went, everywhere I lived, soccer was the common interest in every one of my friends groups. Soccer is a passport to communities.
What is your connection to the team you are playing for?
Tim: I’m ½ German. There are lots of German-Americans, lots of German connections here. Lots of people want us to win.
Andrew S.: By association, lots of German influences. I am representing the people of the German community.
Andrew R.: I am the son of a serviceman, so I spent a lot of time moving around. I was born in Indiana with German heritage, but in total I spent 8 years living in Germany, specifically Kaiserslautern, from ages 4-8 and then later during my high school years.
Is there someone you identify with as the biggest influence in your community, either through soccer or in some other way?
Tim and Andrew S.: The Philly soccer community, as well as Tim McDermott, CBO of the Union, and everyone in the Union front office.
Andrew R.: Locally, and soccer related, I’d say Tim for his tireless work in the Philadelphia soccer community. More broadly, I’d say former professional soccer player Thomas Dooley. Born in Germany where Dooley played most of his career, he had American heritage and therefore decided to play for the USMNT. He was an influence in that he was an ambassador of the game in America, but more personally to me, Dooley was a player I grew up watching and loving, as Dooley played for my hometown club of 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
What do you love about living in Philadelphia? Or outside the city?
Andrew S.: Everything, soccer leagues, restaurants, being able to get everywhere at any time, great jobs. I grew up in Philly.
Tim: I have never left Philly and don’t intend to leave. I work in Jersey and hate leaving the city.
Andrew R.: I love Philadelphia, for one, because it is the state that is the home of the Pennsylvania Dutch. For me, that is important because Philadelphia has a strong German history, so I feel a lot closer to my heritage. The Pennsylvania Dutch came here because they were fleeing religious persecution; this is still relevant today because of how diverse and open-minded the Philadelphia community is. It is a continuation of the diversity and open-mindedness the PA Dutch were searching for when they came here.
Do you participate in other leagues and or/tournaments other than the Unity Cup? If so, which ones?
Tim and Andrew S.: Casa League, amateur social leagues, but mostly Casa. Casa has many leagues; so we don’t need to play in others.
Casa has the only women’s soccer league in Philadelphia and it has been a challenge to grow it. A goal of ours is to spread support for the women’s game during the Unity Cup.
Andrew R.: I also play in the Casa league.
Is there a tagline or quote that best describes your community?
Tim and Andrew S.: “Prost.” Germans are very social people, and prost means “cheers.”
Andrew R: “Einigkeit, Recht, und Freiheit.” In addition to being the opening words to the German National Anthem, it really touches on what the Unity Cup is trying to do. It translates to “Unity, justice, and freedom.”
Where do you get your information/news from?
Tim and Andrew S.: KYW 1060. On Twitter, we follow UK people.
Andrew R.: I personally read the Bundesliga website and the BBC. Other than that, I stay informed with all the local news outlets.
How are you promoting your team? How are you bringing the team together?
Tim and Andrew S.: The team will be carefully handpicked by us. We want it to be selective so we can have a strong German team. We are waiting for scheduling info to reach out to the community, and we plan on having a strong social media push, mostly through Facebook and Instagram.
Andrew R: As a player, I am trying to achieve this through this interview and through social media.
To learn more about your team and cultural heritage, where can someone go?