When the US and Mexico Battle it Out on the Soccer Field, Families are Devastated
When the U.S. and Mexico face each other in a soccer match, the ultimate battle is in Mexican-American households where families becomes divided. This Saturday, when the decades-old rivals plays in the CONCACAF Cup at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, it will be no different. Take the Brambila family for example. José Sr. will be cheering for Mexico while donning his green jersey while his son, José Jr. — who has a U.S. soccer tattoo — will be cheering for the U.S. Ayayay!
Makes sense since fandom usually starts with your birthplace. Parents, who were born in Mexico, support the team of their patria. But for those of us born in the United States, we can’t help but cross our fingers for the US to score those goals.
At least everyone can rest easy is when U.S. is not playing Mexico. “The U.S. is everyone’s team now too,” says Juan Carlos Rodríguez, president of Univision Deportes, in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. “For second- and third-generation Mexicans, it has become their No. 2 team at the very least. So you have a first-generation Mexican cheering for Mexico. And you have a second-generation Mexican struggling over whom to cheer for.”
Cheer for whatever team you like, the important thing is that fútbol is now becoming a much more popular sport in this football-loving country.
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