About Dear Gyan

I started this site in June 2014 as a way to document my experiences traveling around New York City during the 2014 World Cup. I dedicated the site to Asamoah Gyan, the striker from Ghana who sent the US home in 2010 with an extra time goal then missed a PK that would have beaten Uruguay in the quarterfinals a few weeks later. To me, he was the most memorable figure from the 2010 World Cup. Each day of the 2014 tournament, I visited a different bar, restaurant or cultural center in and around NYC. I hoped to find my new Gyan and I had an awesome time.

Since then, I have continued to showcase examples of cultural identity as expressed through soccer in New York City (and beyond). I’m constantly on the lookout for unique soccer experiences in the Big Apple. I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas as well as your own experiences.

Send me an email at dfbrand10@gmail.com and Follow me on Twitter @D4vidBr4nd

You can also check out my work in First Touch, New York City’s excellent soccer magazine:

“Around New York in Thirty Days” July 3, 2014

“Let’s Take A Trip — Across 116th St” July 10, 2014.

“Around New York in Thirty Days – End of the Line” July 17, 2014

The Hidden World Cup” June 18, 2014

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If you live in Brazil, maybe you saw me on Rede Globo. They interviewed me the day of the final:

My interview with Rede Globo, Brazil's biggest television station. Their question: What's the best part about the World Cup in NYC?
My interview with Rede Globo, Brazil’s biggest television station. Their question: What’s the best part about the World Cup in NYC?

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