World Cup Rivalry Rematch: NYC Immigrant Weighs in as His Countries Compete

Monday, June 16, 2014

U.S. midfielder Herculez Gomez (L) fights for the ball with Ghana's defender Jonathan during the 2010 World Cup. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty)

UPDATE: Ghana Vs. Team USA: A Misguided Prediction

Back in 2010, Ghana narrowly knocked the U.S. team out of the World Cup. Four years later, this rivalry will be reignited again when these two teams face off tonight.

Watching the game from a cultural capital like New York City presents an unique opportunity to experience global rivalries and passion up close. Some fans, however, have been left feeling divided, especially when the team they love goes up against the country of their origin.

Robert Asare-Akoto, a New Yorker and lifelong soccer fan, moved from Ghana to New York City seven years ago. He joins The Takeaway to discuss how he's gearing up for Monday night's rivalry. 

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Robert Asare-Akoto

Produced by:

Allie Ferguson and Kaitlin Roberts


T.J. Raphael

Comments [6]

Steve C from Boston, MA

As the son of immigrants, I know the feeling that Mr Asare-Akoto expressed about rooting for the "home" team. For my family it's Italia. If Italy and the USA were playing each other, we'd have some serious mixed emotions. It would also be a win win. As Americans more than excited for the USA to win and as Italian-Americans proud that our heritage can still represent. I agree with Cyndi from FLA, she offers the best example to understand the dilemma. Cheers to Mr Asare-Akoto, it's a win win.

Jun. 16 2014 08:25 PM
Christos from Palisades Park, NJ

Bring him back on the show on Tuesday. Let's hear what he has to say now that the U.S. won and defeated Ghana. BRING him back.

Jun. 16 2014 08:14 PM
Chris from McMinnville, OR

Would love to hear a follow up interview from your guest.

Who's dancing now!?


Jun. 16 2014 08:14 PM
Bill Caliendo from Massapequa NY

Damn! Bonnie beat me to it! Once we one I went searching for the takeaway site, but i was too slow, like Ghana.

Jun. 16 2014 08:14 PM
Bonnie Ciuffo from Charleston, SC

USA! USA! Guess Mr Asare-Akoto will be pulling for us now!

Jun. 16 2014 08:04 PM
Cyndi from Jacksonville FL

Play nice!!!

This is no different than when we move from our home state and to a state with an opposing team in our fave sport. I still cheer on the MN Vikings (and then did pick up the San Diego Chargers) but I never once cheered for the Redskins (when I moved there) and I'm not interested in cheering for the Jax Jaguars. I love living in Jax FL but the Jags aren't my team.

You should have seen how conflicted I was when we moved to a town with a minor league hockey team that fed into a hated rival of my MN Wild! I couldn't cheer for the boys when they got moved up there. I just couldn't.

God bless us sports fans!!!! Now give Mr Asare-Akoto a big hug!!!

Jun. 16 2014 02:39 PM

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