The City Where Soccer Never Sleeps

American interest as a whole in soccer may seem to peak every four years, coinciding with the World Cup. But in New York, the sport is hardly defined by a quadrennial tournament. Originally aired on June 11, a day ahead of the World Cup’s inaugural match, CUNY-TV’s Independent Sources heads to the pubs, offices, fields and classrooms where soccer maintains a daily presence.

First, Irish immigrant Jack Keane traces the crescendo of New York interest in the sport, something gauged simply by being a pub manager. Then it’s over to Little Brazil in Manhattan before the first match between host country Brazil and Croatia.

Attempts to rally interest in the sport date back to the ’70s with the New York Cosmos and the help of some soccer legends. Financial woes, however, shut down the team. Decades later, it’s reemerging.

‘Cosmos’ also refers to another tournament, the Cosmos Copa, in which semi-professional teams in the city representing over 40 countries compete against each other, akin to the World Cup. Reigning champion France is looking to defend its title when the games kick off in July.

Then it’s off to the soccer field and classroom with the South Bronx United after-school program, which uses soccer to keep kids in school and off the streets.

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