What is your name and home field location?
Gin Mun Sum. Our home field is Murphy Park, and we would also go to FDR Park sometimes. Both are in South Philly and very convenient from where we live.
What is your connection to Myanmar?
I was born in Myanmar (also called Burma) and came here only a few years ago.
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
Getting a chance to represent the country I came from, playing friendly matches with other nations, and soccer is a big deal in my country, too.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
Winning the Fair Player Award within our group, and the final match was a very exciting game.
How did your team come together?
I don’t even remember how it started, to be honest. It’s very hard trying to bring everyone together because of the work schedule, it takes time, but it worked.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
Every player came from Myanmar a few years ago; we are the first generation group of Burmese refugee youths here in Philadelphia.
Why is soccer important to you personally?
It’s my favorite of all sports, followed by table tennis and chess. I’ve grown up playing soccer shoeless on the sidewalk with friends from the neighborhood. I also like the sport because it teaches you how teamwork functions and how to be closer to teammates.
How has soccer made your life better?
It makes me happy, and I love watching Leagues, too. I would say that it feels good to be away from the surroundings for a moment and enjoy the show.
Why do you think soccer is so popular around the world?
Maybe because you can never guess or know who the winner would be and it’s thrilling.
What places (such as restaurants or cultural centers) or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about the culture of Myanmar?
I would recommend Rangoon Restaurant (112 N 9th St) and Golden Triangle Restaurant (610 S 5th St).
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about Myanmar?
It’s a small country located between Thailand and India, down from China.