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Soccer Fans React to #WorldCup2026 Bid Win With Too Much Excitement To Handle

This is not a drill. Mexico, Canada and the United States are hosting the 2026 World Cup. The three countries all banded together like the three amigos to give us one heck of a stadium lineup in eight years and people are pumped up. The three countries defeated Morocco for the highly coveted soccer event.

For those fans who struggle over supporting Mexico or the USMNT during the World Cup, 2026 is going to make it mush easier.

No more picking sides because you can celebrate both of them.

Fortunately you have eight years to start saving that cash so you can partake in #Mundial2026.

Now would be the time to start reevaluating all of your subscription services. Maybe you don’t need all of them.

People are excited for the opportunity to see their favorite teams battle it out on their home turf.

It will be the first time Canada will be hosting the event, the U.S.’s second time and Mexico’s third—an unprecedented number for a host country so far. It will also be the first time the playing field is expanded from 32 teams to 48. 

In order to figure out how to get to each host country, people were already planning out their travel itineraries and some people didn’t. ???????? come. ???????? to. ???????? play. ????????

Make sure you save those vacation days so you can really spend time traveling to all of your favorite games.

All three leaders reacted to the news and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s tweet is standing out.

Will Mexico be able to pull its weight in hosting its fair share of 10 out of the 80 games that will be played?

Of course, there are already some savage memes calling Mexico weak.

That’s just low.

It is a pretty amazing moment for North America. All three countries coming together for on global sporting event.

Pique, the jalapeño mascot from the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, is starting to get a lot of loving.

The ’86 World Cup was the last time El Tri hosted the world for soccer’s biggest tournament.

Of course this epic and iconic gif started making the rounds again.

Who can forget this moment from former Mexican national team coach Miguel ‘El Piojo’ Herrera during the 2014 World Cup.


READ: 20 Things You Should Know Before The World Cup This Year

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you for North America to host the World Cup?  Please share your World Cup moments using #WorldCup2018 #ShowUsYourColors.

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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In the town of Ayahualtempa, Mexico, in the state of Guerrero, reporters see a shocking image whenever they visit. Children armed with guns, trained to defend themselves. The disturbing scene is meant to be shocking. The village of Ayahualtempa is under constant attack. A prominent heroin “corridor”, they are the victims of violence and carnage at the hands of gangsters and the cartel.

In order to gain the Mexican government’s attention, the Ayahualtempa villagers dress their children up as soldiers. Then, they invite the media in.

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When reporters arrive, the children of Ayahualtempa dutifully line up and put on a performance. They march, they show how they would shoot a gun from one knee, or from flat on their bellies. They tell reporters that their mock-violent performance is “so the president sees us and helps us,” as a 12-year-old child named Valentín told the Associated Press.

Because the Mexican government doesn’t protect Ayahualtempa, the display of child soldiers is a form of protest for the small indigenous village. The people of this remote region of Guerrero want protection from the National Guard, and financial help for widows and orphans who have been made so from organized crime.

The villagers don’t trust local authorities, and for good reason. Guerrera is the Mexican state in which 43 teaching students were abducted and killed in an event that is known as the “Iguala mass kidnapping”. Authorities arrested 80 suspects in connection to the event. 44 of them were police officers, working in conjunction with a network of cartels.

Although the demonstrations function largely as a publicity stunt, violence is very much a part of these children’s lives.

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Parents train their children to walk to school with loaded guns, ready to defend themselves against violent gangsters.

The attention-grabbing antics have, to some extent, worked. On one occasion, the government donated some housing material. On another, benefactors gave the community’s orphans and widows scholarships and houses. But as soon as the periodic media storms die down, the federal government continues pretending Ayahualtempa doesn’t exist.

The hypocrisy of the government’s response is frustrating to many. “We’ve normalized that these children don’t eat, are illiterate, are farm workers. We’re used to the Indians dying young, but, ‘How dare they arm them!’” said local human rights activist Abel Barrera to the AP, with a heavy dose of sarcasm.

As for now, until the government moves to protect the community, they say they will continue their demonstrations. “They see that the issue of the children is effective for making people take notice and they think: If that’s what works, we’ll have to keep doing it,” said Barrera.

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

Pokémon fans in Latin America are mourning the death of Diana Pérez, the Spanish-language voice of Jessie of Pokémon’s Team Rocket. The voice actress has been voicing the character since 1997.

Diana Pérez, the voice actress of Team Rocket’s Jessie, died at 51.

Lalo Garza, a famed voice actor in Mexico, confirmed the death of the Pokémon voice actress.

“Rest in peace Diana Pérez, a strong, cultured, intelligent, and very talented woman. You are good now, friend. Nothing hurts anymore. Have a good trip,” reads the tweet.

Pérez has been a staple in the Spanish-language Pokémon fandom for decades.

Pérez was more than just he voice of Jessie. The voice actress was the voice of multiple anime characters including Luffy in One Piece and Kagura in Inuyasha. In recent years, Pérez had started branching out to directing, producing, and other branches in the entertainment industry.

Pérez’s death is being mourned by Pokémon fans outside of the Spanish-language fandom.

Sarah Natochenny is the English voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series, Jessie’s mortal enemy. The death of Pérez has impacted the larger Pokémon community. Pérez was a pivotal part of the Latin American Pokémon community for decades and her loss has devastated fans.

Descansa en paz, Diana.

There have been no plans announced for a replacement to voice Team Rocket’s Jessie. No official cause of death has been released either. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pérez’s family and the greater Pokémon community mourning her passing.

READ: I Was Today Years Old When I Found Out This Mexican Pokémon

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