Copa NYC – Week One Report

Friday, July 31, 2009

copaAmericans may not be too big on soccer, but New Yorkers sure are. And for the proof, head to Maspeth this weekend for the final rounds of the inaugural Copa NYC tournament.

Here’s how it works. Immigrants from 16 countries, living here in New York, are donning their other national colors and representing their homelands on the pitch.

Here’s a taste from the opening round last weekend in Flushing Meadows Corona park, in the shadow of landing planes at nearby La Guardia Airport. Adi Narayan  pulled aside a few players to chat about this local tournament with a global feel.

And here is a conversation between host Jami Floyd and Spencer Dormitzer, co-founder of Copa NYC, about this weekend’s line-up and other curiosities of the tournament, like how much does the Albanian team actually have in common with real Albanian national team?

For times, locations and match results, go to the Copa NYC website


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Comments [2]

oliver papraniku

I'm sorry you have been misinformed about our rosters ethnicity, we infact had 20 Albanians and 5 non-Albanians (who also play for the Albanian Eagles Champions of the NESSL for a few years now) and we did not have any Bosnian, Macedonian or Montenegrians on our roster. So be proud of our accomplishment and our community involvement...
Albanian member of our roster are as follows:
Talat Papraniku
Altin Haxhiari
Aleksander Haxhiari
Roland Dembo
Elis Llegami
Ervin Makishta
Zef Kabashi
Krist Kabashi
Restjal Agolli
Rigels Qjosa Albanian under 20 Captain
Abdullah Begai
Urim Bibaj
Argent Duka
Fadil Duka US under 20 National Team Captain
Oliver Papraniku
Ervin Xheneti
Aleks Shkrelli
Rilvan Mehmeti
Oliver Papraniku

Aug. 03 2009 04:58 PM


I am an Albanian soccer fan, and I traveled to Maspeth to see the final match between Albania and Ireland. Instead of being happy though for the 4-1 win of Albania over the Irish, I felt ashamed instead.

The Albanian team had only 5-6 Albanians, out of the 20 or more players in the squad. I want my country to win, but I do not want Bosnians, Macedonians, Montenegrians, Colombians, Ecuadorians and many other nationalities, representing my country.

That was not my Albania, that was a team made up of mixed nationalities, that was wearing the Albanian colors. Id o not know what the rules of the tournament are, but


Aug. 03 2009 12:39 PM

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