Soccer Shops And Spongebob the Musical

Soccer leagues have kicked off across the city and that means it’s new-boot season for thousands of New Yorkers. Sure, you can buy from Soccer.com or Amazon, but nothing beats browsing irl. Especially since soccer shops look like Spongebob the Musical. About 90% of the boots are neon, the balls are Patrick Star pink and… Continue reading Soccer Shops And Spongebob the Musical

The multicultural soccer vehicle experience

The major function of DearGyan.com is to showcase cultural identity as expressed through soccer in New York City and beyond. I like to consider how we use soccer to help define ourselves and to find community, especially in a place like New York City where it’s easy to feel anonymous or lost. I always get excited when I find a quirky… Continue reading The multicultural soccer vehicle experience

¡Eso!

The Match: Colombia v. Uruguay The Date: Saturday, June 28 The Venue: Cafecito Bogotá on Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn Was fourteen a tough age for you? I was a freshman in high school and because of a knee injury, I couldn’t play on my high school’s freshman team with most of my friends. I missed out on… Continue reading ¡Eso!

La Pequeña Quito

The Match: Honduras v. Ecuador The Date: Friday, June 21 The Venue: El Pequeño Coffee Shop in Jackson Heights, Queens. Actually, all of Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights where pumped up Ecuadorians celebrated their win. I wrote the first draft of this post while I watched Ghana draw Germany and put serious pressure on the USA in their… Continue reading La Pequeña Quito

Greece and a plea: TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WAY WE TAKE FREE KICKS NEAR THE OPPONENTS’ PENALTY AREA

The Match: Japan v. Greece The Date: Thursday, June 19 The Venue: Athens Cafe in Astoria, Queens Yesterday featured two exciting matches stuffed with international superstars: Drogba! Rooney! Gerrard! Suarez! Cavani! Toure! Gutiérrez! Then there was Japan v. Greece and their relatively obscure lineups. The match was controlled by the pulverizing Greek defensive machine. Greece seemed to play even better once their captain Kostas… Continue reading Greece and a plea: TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WAY WE TAKE FREE KICKS NEAR THE OPPONENTS’ PENALTY AREA

The Hooligans of Hrvatska

The Match: Cameroon v. Croatia The Date: Wednesday, June 18 The Venue: Cafe Bar Scorpio in Astoria, Queens Croatia won yesterday, but you probably heard. At least you did if you live within a few miles of Cafe Bar Scorpio in Astoria. After Croatia scored their first goal, the DJ jumped on the mic and belted Croatian… Continue reading The Hooligans of Hrvatska