'We all live in one world': Coach says Unity Cup is meant to bring people together

Justin Udo
August 17, 2019 - 11:15 am
Unity Cup

Philadelphia International Unity Cup

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia's most popular soccer tournament is back.

The Unity Cup is all about bringing the city together, through competition.

For the last four years Massimo Musumeci has coached the Italian team in the Unity Cup.

"Soccer is my life, my existence, the reason I live," Musumeci said. "It certainly can't be marriage, so it would have to be soccer."

Musumeci says the Unity Cup, which brings Philadelphians from different ethnicities and countries together in a World Cup style tournament, is a chance to learn about their neighbors, who they otherwise may never talk to.

"We are being reminded by the city, and we should be, of the real reason this [tournament] exists, which is to promote unity, to promote the fact that we all live in one world," Musumeci said..."Every culture has something to teach. There is no such thing as right or wrong, different. We all have preferences. That's human."

Musumeci says the Unity Cup shows how homegrown citizens and immigrants can work together to help themselves and the city thrive.

"It puts together my love, my beliefs of togetherness," he said. "That's what the Unity Cup does for me."

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