Throughout the NBA offseason VICE Sports and Carmelo Anthony are exploring street sport cultures around the world. In our premiere episode, Melo travels to Cuba to explore the rise of soccer in a nation synonymous with baseball, ride a 1950s drop top in the rain, and grab some fresh rolled Cuban cigars along the way.
If you aren’t already aware Carmelo Anthony purchased a NASL team team in Puerto Rico so his interest in soccer is readily apparent. He also traveled to Cuba for a New York Cosmo’s game against the Cuban national team (the first time an American club team has set foot in Cuba in a very long time) in the run-up to his purchase of the Puerto Rico NASL team. Therefore, it is nice to know that he is coming into this short documentary with an appreciation for soccer. What is even more impressive is the fact that soccer is growing so fast in Cuba. It has long been a country dominated by baseball so the fact that soccer is growing speaks volumes to the appeal of the sport. Only time will tell if this is a passing fad. If it isn’t though the USMNT will have some more competition to contend with.