06/25/2015 01:21 EDT | Updated 06/25/2016 05:59 EDT

30 new Canadians welcomed at ceremony at BMO Field

It was fitting that 30 people from 16 countries took their oaths of citizenship at BMO Field, according to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.

"As Canadians, we welcome and are proud of the growing role soccer plays in uniting individuals and communities," Alexander said a citizenship ceremony on Thursday. "That is why it is so moving to welcome these new members of the Canadian family together with Major League Soccer's Toronto FC and here at BMO Field, which today is truly a field of dreams for these new Canadians."

Players from the Toronto FC were also on hand. "My parents immigrated to Canada from Guyana, so I can appreciate what an incredible day this is for each new citizen and their family," said former Toronto FC star Dwayne De Rosario.

The 30 new citizens will watch the Reds take on the Montreal Impact tonight. They will carry the Canadian flag during the national anthem.