What is your name and your home field location?
My name is Diana Ramirez, and we are currently practicing at Wissonoming Field at Cheltenham and Frankford Avenues.
How did you hear about the Unity Cup?
My family heard about the Unity Cup on KYW News Radio, and we decided to join.
What were your initial impressions when you heard about the Unity Cup?
I felt very excited because we would not only be representing our country but our local community as well.
Why are you so passionate about soccer?
Our team is passionate about soccer because it is an unspoken international language, and we love competition.
What is your connection to the team you are playing for?
Our team is mostly comprised of families with uncles, cousins, brothers who were mostly all born and raised in the same small, soccer-loving town of Guaranja, Guatemala and neighboring towns.
Is there someone you identify as the biggest influence in your community, either through soccer or in some other way?
Many of our players look up to “El Pescado Carlos Ruiz,” he played for the Philadelphia Union in 2011. Many players did not miss a home game for the opportunity to see him play. He is still playing for the Guatemalan national team and is one of our country’s most experienced (38 years old) goal-making strikers who just retired after his last game with the Guatemalan national team this week.
Is there someone in your community you look up to?
I cannot really think of one particular person in our local community. The community as a whole is very tight knit and we always help each other out when they are in need. On a motherland level, I would have to say Rigoberta Menchú. She is a very famous Guatemalan civil rights activist who has taught many people until today about working together as a global community for the good of humanity.
What do you love about living in Philadelphia?
I, myself, was born in Philly. Although I have traveled a lot, I could never imagine about living anywhere else. It is a city filled with many international communities and rich history, especially that of our country’s beginnings.
Do you participate in other leagues and/or tournaments other than the Unity Cup? If so, which ones?
We have played in other leagues both in Philadelphia and Upper Darby. Our most recent victory was for the Friends United Soccer Club on 8/14/2016. That was playing out of Max Myers Playground in the Northeast; we won first place and were undefeated.
Is there a tagline or quote that best describes your community?
United we are one.
Where do you get your information/news from?
We get our information from the local news Channels 3, 6, 10, Univision 65, 402 on DIRECTV and channel 429 Centro AmericaTV, KYW News Radio 1060, La Mega radio, Al Dia and El Sol News Papers.
How are you promoting your team? How are you bringing the team together?
We are promoting our team as an opportunity to represent our country at soccer stand point and meet new people, mostly having fun doing it! We have been together for several years, even before playing in this country.
To learn more about your team and cultural heritage, where can someone go?
To learn about our team, come watch us play or play in a scrimmage against us! I also recommend visiting the country or at list googling it to get a small taste or visiting the Guate en Philly website. And for a gastronomic tour, visit Guate Gualan restaurant in the Olney section of Philadelphia.