Posts Tagged ‘Homeless World Cup’

Street Soccer L.A. Brings Home The Street Soccer USA Cup Championship Trophy

August 18, 2014

Over this past weekend, Street Soccer USA held its national tournament in San Francisco at the Civic Center. Street Soccer is a tournament held once a year where several states are represented in teams made up of current or former homeless individuals. Their is a men’s tournament and a women’s tournament. This year Street Soccer Los Angeles took a men and women’s team to San Francisco and both teams won their championship game, making it the first time that Street Soccer L.A. are crowned the Street Soccer USA National Champions. Some members from the men and women’s teams will now have the opportunity to represent Team USA in the Homeless World Cup in Santiago, Chile later this year. Congratulations to both teams for their hard work and for making history.

Here is an article about the weekend’s street soccer tournament in San Francisco.

For those who want to know how the USA Homeless World Cup team started, here is an article. The first team was back in 2003. The article shares stories on how people came to being homeless and the type of players that make up a team. Great read.

Street Soccer LA started in 2008 just in time when Street Soccer USA held its 1st National tournament (formerly known as Homeless USA Cup) in DC. During our first year, Street Soccer L.A. went undefeated and lost the championship game to street soccer twin cities. Youth from Jovenes,Inc have represented Team USA in the Homeless World Cup in the past couple of years going to countries such as Melbourne,Australia, Paris,France, Rio de Janeiro,Brasil, and Mexico City.

For those who are interested in learning more about Street Soccer LA, click on the link below. You also find a very inspirational video about street soccer Los Angeles.
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Copa Midwest on KFAI

August 29, 2013

Today, we had the opportunity to be guests of Northern Sun News, a local radio show on KFAI 90.3 in Minneapolis to promote Copa Comunidad Midwest.
Thanks to Don for allowing to be guests on his show and for Emmanuel Ortiz for making it happen.
The guests of the show were Jimmy, Jessica, and Emmanuel of Leftwing TC and myself from LA Futbolistas.
You can listen to the podcast beginning on the 3rd minute.
For more info on the Copa Comunidad go to:

8/29/2013 Northern Sun News | KFAI

Mexico vs Chile Women’s Homeless World Cup Final 2013

August 18, 2013

Mexico was looking to defend its cup against a great Chilean team. The beautiful thing about Homeless World Cup is that at the end of the day, everyone is a winner.

For a lot of these women, who come from difficult life situations just to be representing their country in another country, is amazing.

Homeless World Cup is a movement that has used Sports, in this case, Soccer, to be a vehicle for social change. Soccer is a language that everyone understands and that is why its beautiful to see these games being played.
To learn more about the movement go to:

Now, check out the women’s homeless world cup final to see who won. By the way, As a Mexican, I have emotional ties to both teams. I lived for two years in Chile so I hold a special space in my heart to this amazing country who made me fall in love with Salvador Allende, Violeta Parra, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda and Victor Jara. In my book, they both are champions!

Brazil vs Mexico Homeless World Cup Final 2013

August 18, 2013

I was fortunate to attend last year’s 10th annual Homeless World Cup in Mexico City. Last year, the final was between Mexico and Chile. Chile won. This year, in Poznan, Poland, will be a great final match between two great teams. When Mexico and Brazil play, you can be sure that it will be an amazing game.

Check out the game to see the amazing final between these two teams. I will just say this. It took Penalty kicks for the team to win. Find out how they got to PKs.