This One Tweet Shows How Diverse The U.S. Soccer Team Is Right Now

credit: Alejandro Bedoya / Instagram and Omar Gonzalez / Instagram

When you watch the U.S. men’s national team face off against Mexico tonight, you’re going to see many children (and grandchildren) of immigrants on the field. And most of them will be wearing a U.S. jersey. You’re also going to see several players who have roots from all over the globe.

This tweet, fired off hours before the first match of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, shows just how diverse the U.S. men’s team is at the moment.

 

Here are the players highlighted in the tweet. There’s Alejandro Bedoya, a Colombian-American born to Colombian immigrants.

Omar Gonzalez, a Mexican-American born to Mexican immigrants.

Game day!! #USAvCUB #GoldCup2015 #isiphotos

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Jozy Altidore, a Haitian-American born to Haitian immigrants.

Good first day. ?? ⚽️?? #USMNT #USAvCUB

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Christian Pulisic, the grandson of a Croatian immigrant.

Bobby Wood, the son of an African-American man and Japanese-American woman.

#OTD last year, @bwoody22 scored in the 87th minute to give the #USMNT a 2-1 win against Germany.

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Deandre Yedlin, who is African-American, Native American, Latvian and Jewish.

Gameday vs Bolivia! #usmnt #USA #isiphotos ????????

A photo posted by DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny) on

Jermaine Jones, who was born in Germany to an African-American father and German mother.

Mood.

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Fabian Johnson, who was born in Germany to an African-American father and German mother.

John Brooks, who was born in Germany to an African-American father and German mother.

Tim Howard, the son of an African-American father and Hungarian immigrant mother.

And finally, Michael Bradley, who was praised in the tweet for wearing a rainbow armband to honor the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando.

?Hat and gloves kinda weather today in Columbus. Two days until #USAvMEX. #USMNT ??⚽️??

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And that’s just 11 of the 23 players selected for the match. The team will only continue to get more and more diverse over the years, which shows that America is made stronger with diversity, not without it.

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