Remember those three Cuban national soccer team defectors from a few months back?
Well it turns out things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for them, according to this article in the New York Times. After a couple of months filled with tryouts, no MLS team has picked any of the players up, as yet. Thankfully, the Cuban (and soccer) community has got their back:
For now, they are relying on the largess of a network that runs through Cuban and soccer communities in Miami, New York and Los Angeles. They have received food, clothing, transportation, a cellphone and lodging. They also have the opportunity to stay in shape by playing several semiprofessional games each week. They earn $40 to $50 each per game, which Miranda said was about five times their monthly salary at the national soccer academy in Cuba.
“The Cuban community is very tight knit and very good at taking care of their own people,” said Alicia Molina, a lawyer for the nonprofit International Institute of Los Angeles who is representing the players in their applications for work permits. “This is not a typical experience of an immigrant, but it is typical of a Cuban.”
That final sentiment is one that I’m sure many Caribbean immigrants can relate to, athletes or not. Check out the full article here.