What is your name and home field location?
Andrew Sinclair. We play all over the city in various school districts and neighborhoods.
Note: Andrew was one of the co-captains last year and will resume his role as co-captain this year, too!
What is your connection to Germany?
We have a handful of players from Germany that play in the CASA Soccer League. Doug from Brauhaus Schmitz and Councilman Al Taubenberger from the City of Philadelphia were very passionate about bringing together the German community. They wanted to get as many German players together as possible.
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
The Unity Cup is the vehicle that brings all the different immigrant communities together. I’ve played soccer my whole life and loved the idea behind the Unity Cup.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
Making it to the semi-finals and playing at Citizens Bank Park.
How did your team come together?
We have played together for about three or four years now with the CASA Soccer League.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
We are all pretty similar – the majority of us were born and raised in Philly. Some of the players lived in Germany because they came from a military family.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Soccer means everything to our community. Soccer is a great driver in bringing people together. This sport serves you in any scenario – whether you win or lose, you still come together and support one another.
Why is soccer important to you personally?
Soccer has been the only constant thing in my entire life since I was two years old.
How has soccer made your life better?
The list is endless: a lot of my best friends are from the soccer community. My relationships in business are from soccer. I got my education from soccer. You can say my life is based on soccer.
Why do you think soccer is so popular around the world?
Soccer is a sport that anybody and everybody can play at any time. You just need a soccer ball, or something similar to a soccer ball to get kicking.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
No matter where you are, you can play soccer.
What places (such as restaurants or cultural centers) or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about German culture?
I recommend the United German Hungarian Club in Northeast Philly. For food, of course Brauhaus Schmitz, because we like to drink beer! Honestly, any place that is proud to show off their German pride is the place to go.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about Germany?
There is this impression that Germans are angry and heartless people. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We are a community that is loving and caring.