By: Mathew Varughese
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
Getting to know other cultures and people from different nations in the spirit of soccer.
As a returning team,what was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
Last year’s Parade of Nations through Lincoln Financial Field was amazing.
How did your team come together?
We have an Indian club, which formed in the early ‘80s and continued to keep it together for almost 30 years now.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
We have folks who play regularly with our club playing in the Unity Cup, as well as other players we play outside of the club. It’s a mixed crowd with folks from different nationalities.
What does soccer mean to your community?
To us soccer is the most beautiful game in the world, and our community enjoys watching and playing it. It gives our community a chance to come together in the name of the game and enjoy each other’s company.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
I think the Unity Cup level of competition in every aspect gives a chance to include everyone in soccer.
What places in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about the culture of the country your team represents?
Karma Indian Restaurant in the city of Philadelphia (246 Market Street) is a great restaurant where you can experience a taste of India.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about your team’s country?
There may be more bad than good that folks hear about India in the news. But I wish more people knew it’s a nation on the rise with more good than bad. It’s one of the most caring countries in the world.