By: Edgar Britto
Do you have a home field where you practice or play regularly?
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
The idea of playing on a team to represent a country, much like the World Cup, and especially with friends, is very appealing to us. This is the closest thing most of us will ever get to playing in the World Cup, so we want to take advantage of it.
How did your team come together?
Most of us have already played with each other in other leagues, so it was very convenient for us to form this team.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
The majority of the team is very young, with our youngest players only 18 and 19 years old. I believe our team has some of the most passionate players participating in the Unity Cup. Everyone shows up to practice and puts all their effort into them, as well as at the friendly matches so far.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Speaking on the team’s behalf, soccer is one of the greatest things that has happened in our lives. This isn’t just a sport or a good workout. It’s where we relieve stress from the outside world, where we block everything that might not be going right.
For 90 minutes, the only thing occupying our minds is the ball, our feet, and the goal. The most important part is that it’s also where we meet other like-minded individuals with whom we can create and build long-lasting friendships on and off the field.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
It is the most popular sport globally, with over 4 billion followers and fans. Unity Cup is the only organization that I have witnessed that has brought so many different communities and backgrounds together on a local scale. 52 different teams joining the Unity Cup this year is the definition of inclusivity.
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?
Amada (217-219 Chestnut St.) is a classy Spanish restaurant in Center City, with one of the best authentic Spanish cuisines in Philadelphia. Barcelona Wine Bar (1709 E. Passyunk Ave.) is also great Spanish restaurant, which is local and more affordable.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about your team’s country?
Spain is one of the most affordable and easy-living places in the world! Everyone loves to have a good time. A fun fact about Spain: we are the only place in the world to have an international zipline– yes, you can zipline from Spain to Portugal!