Inaugural Soccer Tournament In Philadelphia Set To Kick Off

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Competition begins this weekend in Philadelphia’s Unity Cup soccer tournament.

The city’s first Unity Cup tournament has teams representing 32 countries with 800 Participants who live in Philadelphia.

It was organized by the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Parks and Recreation to promote inclusiveness among Philadelphia’s varied communities.

“It doesn’t really matter where you are coming from, what is your culture, what color skin,” says Mexico’s team captain, forward Adan Lopez. “It’s just about one word: soccer. I think it’s amazing. It does not really matter where you are coming from.”

The unity cup was the idea of Mayor Jim Keneny:

“I encourage everyone to check out a match, because there will be many great matches over the next few weeks. This tournament is just one way we are working to make sure newcomers feel that they are a part of the social, cultural and civic fabric of our city.”

The tournament will take place at city sites and school district fields over the next couple of months. All are invited to attend the free matches.

The championship game is November 5th at Citizen’s Bank Park. Updated match information is available here.

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