SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — Soccer may be growing increasingly popular on televisions across city bars and workplaces, but for a few soccer enthusiasts at the South Street Seaport, it became a part of lunch hour, too.
“Suits and Boots” a three-on-three winner-stays-on pickup game attracted local office workers as well as people who had come ready to play. Participants Thursday shed their dress shoes for a complementary trial of Puma cleats — or played in bare feet, socks, flip-flops or sneakers.
If there was anyone who doubted how competitive a lunchtime tournament could get, they were quickly disabused as players limped off with twisted ankles, sweaty shirts and took rifle-fired balls in their backs.
“These guys are obviously working hard,” said Rose Lee, a 23-year-old who helps lead soccer clinics for children in the mornings at the Seaport and stuck around to keep the games going.
The event was part of a month-long celebration called Puma City NY. To celebrate the World Cup, Puma, a popular sporting clothing brand, set up numerous foosball tables, ping pong tables, trailers full of merchandise and more for the entire month of the tournament.