For immigrants in US, a soccer world cup of their own

During Bawitha Tling's tumultuous journey fleeing war and forced labor under Myanmar's dictatorship — first to a Malaysian refugee camp, and eventually to Philadelphia — one of the few constants in his life was soccer.

"We played every day in our country at school ... in recess time or after school," Tling said. "I came here, and play every day, every weekend. Soccer is my favorite way to relax myself, to escape depression."

Tling, 18, now a business major at a community college, is one of around 800 players participating in a newly created soccer tournament for immigrants organized by the city of Philadelphia. The first match, between Vietnam...