Love, peace, soccer: Unity Cup returns to Philadelphia

Justin Udo
August 18, 2019 - 4:00 am
Phong Huynh, a coach for Team Vietnam

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The world's game is in Philadelphia, as people from different neighborhoods and ethnicities unify by facing off against each other.

The Unity Cup is a soccer tournament where Philadelphians from other countries, or who have family ties to other countries, compete against each other. 

"This is like the World Cup to us," said Phong Huynh, a coach for Team Vietnam. "I'm very excited, not just for sport, but to meet other people."

Huynh migrated to Philadelphia from Vietnam when he was a child.

He says playing for the Cup has shown him the city in a way he's never seen it.

"We never had this kind of life before," he said. "We were just us, Vietnamese, Cambodian and now we have so much diversity here, and we get along so well."

Huynh says there are lessons to be learned from watching players from different countries compete against each other.

"They work hard," he explained. "They deserve a chance to live the American dream like everyone else."

He adds there are also lessons for players in the game to use as they work toward their American dream. 

"We may look different," Huynh said, "but we have the same passion."

Click here to find match times and locations for the Unity Cup.