What is your name and your home field location?
Massimo Musumeci (Team Coach). We play at Roosevelt Boulevard and Conwell (Conwell Park).
How did you hear about the Unity Cup?
Al Dia, the Spanish newspaper, wrote about it. Our team developed through Roma Cup Philadelphia.
What were your initial impressions when you heard about the Unity Cup?
That it was innovative, in the sense that it hasn’t happened in Philadelphia before. Now that it’s been thought of, it seems so obvious. It’s the perfect representation of the melting pot of Philadelphia and the USA.
Why are you so passionate about soccer?
It’s my reason to live. A means of survival for my marriage (I’m joking). I was born and raised in Rome, so it’s my second relationship. I am a language professor at the Community College of Philadelphia, so I believe that the classes should be recorded, not the match!
What is your connection to the team you are playing for?
I was born and raised in Rome.
Is there someone you identify with as the biggest influence in your community, either through soccer or in some other way?
Naming one person wouldn’t be fair. There are so many people.
Is there someone in your community you look up to (e.g., community leader, soccer coach, etc.)?
Doctor Nestico, the head of Filitalia International, to carry the name.
What do you love about living in Philadelphia? Or outside the city?
Philadelphia used to be less international than it is now. When you are in touch with more communities and more cultures, it’s important to stay in touch and listen. You will learn from them, they will learn from you. It’s a key way to evolve as a human being.
Do you participate in other leagues and or/tournaments other than the Unity Cup? If so, which ones?
I participate in the Roma League. I coached a lot in high school. Playing time is restricted, unfortunately. Players on the team played in Italy, and some played here.
Where do you get your information/news from (e.g., news outlet, newspaper radio, etc.)?
Italian sources, work and personal interest. News channels–Italian channels, Italian newspapers online.
How are you promoting your team? How are you bringing the team together?
Word of mouth
To learn more about your team and cultural heritage, where can someone go?
Our headquarters at Gran Cafe L’Aquila (17th and Chestnut). Made it in Italy, brought it to Philly.