What is your name and home field location?
Raed Nasser (Ray). We play at Penn Field.
What is your connection to Venezuela?
I was born and grew up there until I moved to the States to attend Temple University.
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
For the love of the sport and to support Mayor Kenney’s views about immigration and unity.
How did your team come together?
By word of mouth and Facebook advertisement.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
Most of our players are new to the area, they moved here because of consequences that are occurring in Venezuela. 70% are educated/professional members.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Simple feeling of happiness.
Why is soccer important to you personally?
Because it is a great sport that is played everywhere and is the best team sport that I know. It doesn’t require much, and it brings people together from everywhere.
How has soccer made your life better?
It keeps me fit, and it helps me make new friends and teach others.
Why do you think soccer is so popular around the world?
In my opinion, soccer is a sport that can be learned and taught anywhere. It’s a team sport, healthy, and isn’t expensive.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
It is a great venue to bring people together from all over the world and make them feel at home.
What places (such as restaurants or cultural centers) or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about Venezuelan culture?
Sazon, Puyero, and Tartareperia restaurants.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about Venezuela?
We are all new to each other, but we are Venezuelan and that makes us feel like ONE. We are dedicated bunch of guys that love this sport. We eat and breathe soccer.