By: Cristian Paredes
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
It’s a great opportunity to play the sport we love and a unique experience playing against people from different cultures and countries
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
For me, it was stepping into the Eagles’ stadium and playing there: that’s something that I would never thought I would ever do.
How did your team come together?
The first year of the Unity Cup, we heard about the tournament and I was really motivated to play on it. Most of my friends didn’t know about it, so they did not join the team. But I just spread the word, and by luck I found Danny, who recruited most of the people on the team.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
They are hardworking people. Most of them work 6 days a week and devote Sundays to soccer. For them, soccer is where they socialize the most and make long-lasting friendships.
What does soccer mean to your community?
I grew up in the Kensington area, and soccer is not the main sport we play. But thanks to Kensington Soccer Club, many people that usually don’t play soccer are now playing, and it helped create unbreakable bonds.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
In soccer, you meet people from all over, and the love for the sports is what matters.
What places or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about the culture of the country your team represents?
Kensington Soccer Club is a nonprofit organization that helps keep kids off the streets by providing a sport to play and a place to be. They also help mentor kids.