Kunhui Yi didn’t speak a word of English when his family moved from South Korea to Houston four years ago, but on the football field, where positioning, passing and scoring came naturally, it didn’t matter. Whipping the ball with his new teammates, the 18-year-old has found a common language beyond words. The same cross-cultural connection was exposed on a recent Sunday evening as Yi watched her father’s Korean amateur team take on a Vietnamese contingent at Cullen Park.
Many believe America is lagging behind the rest of the world in its enthusiasm for the sport that Pelé called “the beautiful game,” but this characterization seems out of place in Houston, which is home to immigrants from many countries and a football ecosystem. dynamic amateur.