06/10/2010 11:19 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Watching The World Cup in New York

The World Cup is undoubtedly the Greatest Global Party. 32 teams from the around the world, competing in a game that is simple yet beautiful, the very definition of sublime. This year's cup is even more poignant, the first world cup on the African continent.

It will be watched by billions around the globe. Offices will shut down, entire villages will crowd around small television sets, fighting will be postponed.

In many multi-cultural cities the energy is palpable. Londoners, for example, come from all over the world, and many will be cheering for their home country teams. But many will cheer for England as well. The English actually believe they could win the cup, so cheering against the Red and White is a tad treasonous.

New York is different. Most Americans don't think their team can win, and very few are emotionally invested in Team USA. In fact, many of my Italian Americans friend are pulling for Italy even though they have never been there.

New York, stands out as a multi-cultural city where cheering against the home team is acceptable, perhaps even "cool". And with every community represented, every team has it's own venue for the faithful to congregate:


The World Cup in New York will be a unique experience.

If Team USA does well, it could be transcendent.