What is your name and home field?
We are Team Mexico, and our home field is FDR Park.
How did you hear about Unity Cup?
We heard about it through Mayor Kenney when he was a candidate. We were very excited about the project because he presented this idea so early on as a way to make immigrant groups feel welcome into Philly.
What were your initial impressions of the Unity Cup?
We thought it was an amazing idea. Soccer is important for everyone in many different countries, so it was a great way to create commonality to make people come together.
Why are you passionate about soccer?
Everyone plays soccer — it is like all of these different groups of people having one common language — all you need are body signals
What is your connection to the team you are playing for?
Our team members were born in Mexico and have played their whole lives. They have passion for the games. It is part of our culture. Every Sunday, we either play a game or watch one, and after we often have family and friend gatherings where we have lunch and hang out. Often this happens on Sundays at FDR field. It’s usually informal: Soccer first, lunch second.
What do you love about living in Philadelphia?
Philly has lots of different festivals, and that’s what we love about the city. There is always something happening on the streets. For example, September 18 is the Cultural Festival at Penn’s Landing.
Do you participate in other leagues or tournaments?
Corona is a league we play on in NJ. Azteca is another league members play on.
There are now about 23 members on the Unity Cup team.
Can you provide a tagline or quote for your community/team?
“Always united, always Azteca.”
How are you promoting your team? How are you bringing the team together?
We use Facebook and Univision to share information about the Unity Cup. Also, Al Dia is a station that could maybe spread news.
To choose the Unity Cup team, we had tryouts a few weeks ago. Team members for the different Mexican leagues tried out to make up the Unity Cup team.
The Cultural Center will also be sharing news about the Cup on social media and on their community calendar.
If someone wanted to learn more about your team and cultural heritage where they go?
-The Mexican Cultural Center hosts many events (29) around the year. These include festivals, Mexican Week, etc.
-Mexican Consulate at 9th and Washington
-Best restaurants: Blue Corn, Taquitos, Mole Poblano