Tour of a Lifetime : Burma (Myanmar)

At the time the Dallas Tornado traveled to Burma (now Myanmar), the country had tense relations with the U.S. and the borders were closed to outside populations. When the team arrived, they were greeted with a wonderful reception. They played and lost two games, took tours of temples, and enjoyed the positive reception they received.

Clipping, Samyukta Karnataka Kannade Daily
Clipping, The Vanguard
The Banner,  Burmese newspaper
“Deep in the heart of Rangoon,” Steve Perkins
Burma Football Federation flag
Burma flag pin
Strand Hotel luggage decal, Rangoon, Burma

Kap believed that soccer was a powerful tool for global outreach, and was excited about the possibilities for American soccer, as he states in his article “State Department says ‘We need soccer here.’” The power of soccer proved to be true in the case of Burma, which had tense relations with the U.S. prior to the teams visit.

After the Dallas Tornado played in Burma, the Burmese inquired about sending their national team to tour the U.S., which is described in this letter from Don Becker, Commissioner of the National Professional Soccer League.

“State Department says ‘We need soccer here,’” North American soccer and World Sports News
Letter from Don Becker to P.K. Macker regarding Burmese soccer relations