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Philadelphia Unity Cup

2019 winners of the Philadelphia Unity Cup : Liberia!!!!!!! Great game, 3 to 0. I knew Liberia had the edge when they danced into the stadium, and those with dreads tied them up. Goal keepers and strikers were never on their own, always backed. Magnificent team work, and enthusiastic crowd. The crowd was in there with them every step.

Beautiful game. I recorded it. Not sure when I will post it; probably when Delaware Valley air is cold, the ground is damp and all signs of leaves and flowers have gone.
The game below is only 30 minutes of the final championship game in the 2018 PHL Unity Cup played at the soccer stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game went into extra time, and the winner was.... You can find out if you look for it below.
Sat Oct 12, 2019 championship day schedule click here
No, I am not being paid to advertise Goya Foods. They paid for every uniform in the 54 teams of 22 players in the 2019 Philadelphia Unity Cup. And also  2018, 2017, and 2016.

We know that the final teams are Liberia and USA. And that 54 teams started; the teams in the chart below are only those who advanced to the knockout rounds. Well done all teams who participated!
The best thing about Philadelphia is that I came here in 1978. In February 1978 I completed the requirements for my PhD at the University of New South Wales, and started writing letters to scientists whom I thought might like to hire me. I really wanted to go back to Great Britain, and in my twenty-one years of being away from it had become very good at writing cheerful letters especially to English and Northern Irish grandparents and uncles. I sent a hand-written airmail letter to a scientist who had been awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He replied quickly, he told me no money was available for research in Great Britain, all the money was in America. Go there!

I sent more handwritten airmail letters to scientists across the US, describing my focus on gas handling by blood. I received invitations to work as a post-doctoral fellow in laboratories in Northern and Southern California, in Texas, and Florida, which I visited in my trip to Philadelphia where I happily settled into a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. I left as a research associate professor in 1996; since then I have worked as a health science information provider and educator, with a four-year stint as a full professor of biomedical writing at the university formerly known as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. I continue to be obsessed with gases in the air, the sea, and in our bodies. I am currently working on an opus on the origin of flight.

In the 1980s I gave birth to three sons in Philadelphia and in the 1990s, a daughter in New Jersey. They all are scientists of some sort, and have scattered. Two are the children of a Yale graduate who was born to a Pennsylvania coal-miner. Two are the children of a Holocaust survivor who was born illegally to a Jewish woman in Nazi Germany.

The Philadelphia Unity Cup is for Americans like me, who came from somewhere else, have relatives who think we are crazy staying in the United States, and are always sad that our parents died when we are so far away.
Below is the complete game of Ireland v Ivory Coast played at South Philadelphia Supersite on Saturday September 21st 2019.
I have been volunteering throughout the tournament since the first weekend in August 2019. I probably watched about 25 games, however more than 200 games were played, starting with 54 teams playing under a flag of the nation they came from, or their parents came from, or they have friends from that nation. Some of the players were professional in other nations, they are all really good and most, if not all, belong to soccer leagues all over Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

So why, as a descendant of Quakers who settled in Ireland in 1680, as a convinced Quaker since 1991, why do I see this as a huge peace-making exercise? Because it is. It brings communities together, a game is like a small part of the perfect life. The teams begin with clean slates and aim for goals; team-mates encounter obstacles and get help from friends; the referees make sure all the rules are followed; the game lasts 90 minutes; and then everyone shakes hands.

The first round matches were played in groups of four, with every team playing three matches. All beautifully dressed in uniforms that were all supplied by Goya Foods. I loved watching games that were played with no possible hope of progressing to the next round, the players really enjoying the beautiful summer day and putting everything they could into getting goals within the rules. Magnificent.