Cosmos Copa Qualifying Weekend Kicks Off This Saturday In Brooklyn

New York’s melting pot of races and cultures will be divided to their roots for the start of the city’s premier amateur soccer event, The Cosmos Copa. This weekend, New Yorkers will be taking the pitch representing their respective countries of origin in a battle of ethnic bragging rights to qualify for this classic World Cup style tournament.

Twenty four teams will be competing this weekend for eight spots to the tournament, hoping to begin the road towards the finals. This two day elimination round starts at the Brooklyn Parade Grounds at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and will continue through Sunday at the College of Staten Island. The final eight teams will then join the Cup Proper come July 9th as they will face the eight teams that have already gained qualification to the tournament. They include: 2010 Champions Poland, Haiti, Jamaica, Ireland, Greece, Mexico, England and Ecuador. The final round matches will be taking place in the soccer bastion of Flushing Meadow Park, Queens.

To find out more information on the event, check out and follow the latest tournament news on Twitter at @CosmosCopa.

Meanwhile, here is an example of the kind of stories you can expect coming out of this tournament. The proud members of Team Kosovo are in a unique situation; they are the only group representing a region that is not recognized internationally as a country. Here is their story:

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