“During the parade, it was really cool. We were walking by the cheering people and that changed what I think people perceived of us. They were cheering for us. It was kinda crazy. We were like celebrities, people really look up to us, we have responsibility. People respond to us just being around. There was one that stood out to me about the Opening Ceremonies, the leader of the Norwegian Salvation Army said, ‘Let’s play some soccer and change the world!’ ” Sergius, 33, San Francisco, HWC 2017
“I thought about joining a team, I think that would be fun. If I found one, since I haven’t done that before.”Annie (left), 13, Sacramento
“Yeah, I was nervous because the first time we came all the other girls had played and were on teams” Nika (right), 13, Sacramento
This was Nika and Annie’s first time trying soccer. Annie scored 3 goals in the 2017 Bay Area tournament.
“I think a huge highlight of this practice was listening to the “shout outs” from the players on the second and third grade team. A majority of the players of that team gave shout outs to their teammates for passing the ball to each other and working together to score goals. I especially enjoyed the comment from one of the players about how although at the beginning they weren’t passing the ball to each other, that as the scrimmage progressed they were all passing the ball when their teammates called out to the player with the ball.” – Josh Rodriguez, Coach at Street Soccer USA Bay Area
“I am forever grateful. To put this all into perspective, I have two huge passions – clothes and the environment. Uniqlo covers both of these areas. I am currently aiming to work on their Creative Team and take in as much information as I can.” -Devin Quezada on her new job working for SSUSA Sponsor UNIQLO
Read more about Devin on her player of the month spotlight here.
Hudaifa (MJ) was born in Yemen and came to San Francisco as a child. He is actively involved in the SSUSA Tenderloin community and loves Street Soccer USA’s ability to help connect him with friends and interact with new people who share his same passion for soccer. One of MJ’s favorite things to do when he is not studying business management in college is to polish up his goalkeeping skills and learn to be an all around better player on the field. MJ believes that through Street Soccer USA he has learned how to always be respectful to both his teammates and opponents, while still enjoying the game of soccer. “My favorite soccer skill is kicking the ball through people’s legs. And Street Soccer is unique because you get to have fun and play with different teams.”
“It was my first time playing Street Soccer. It was so exciting because of the fast pace.”
-Carlos, Coach from KSC
Carlos, a coach for SSUSA partner Kensington Soccer Club ‘s favorite street soccer highlight so far was playing in the 2016 Street Soccer USA National Cup Philadelphia on the Art Museum steps.
Sebastian, who is “7 and three quarters” is a member of our NYC Sunset Park location. What is his favorite thing about Street Soccer? Collaboration and having fun!
“We get to work with other players to accomplish good things like scoring goals and passing. My favorite move is called Maradona. It’s named after the best soccer player before Messi. You have the ball and you put your foot on the ball and turn around and do a drag back and then turn and go forward. It’s to trick the other players. One of the biggest things about soccer is to trick other players. I try to charge towards players and then turn and I go back the other direction. It works almost every time.
[One time] I was charging up the field with the ball and I dodged 2 players, and scored into the corner of the goal. I ran down the field with my hands up screaming GOOOOAAAAL!”
“Street Soccer USA for me has always been about looking forward with excitement and optimism. The next play or upcoming practice, the next chance to reach a goal you are working towards. That thread has run through all my years at Street Soccer USA, maybe every day of my life. A bright outlook on what we can do next to make ourselves, our teammates and our community a little bit better started within me from the people I met and continue to meet through Street Soccer USA and that feeling has never left.” -Rob Cann, Co-Founder and CIO #PlayersofSSUSA
“There is nothing more rich than working and struggling as part of team with other people, striving for a goal together. If you are part of something positive and have a purpose every day, life has meaning. Soccer can create that richness out of nothing for anyone–it helped me through tough times as kid and so Street Soccer USA has always been about sharing that.” -Lawrence Cann, Founder/President #PlayersofSSUSA