Mexico’s complex rivalry with USA divides Mexican-American soccer fans

Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera celebrate Mexico’s victory over Croatia in the World Cup. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera celebrate Mexico’s victory over Croatia in the World Cup. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

The Guardian

There are few, if any, rivalries in international soccer in which the home team’s fans are as frequently and heavily outnumbered as when the USA hosts Mexico.

The Rose Bowl will be packed with 93,000 fans when the two neighbors meet in Pasadena, California on Saturday, the majority of them Mexicans immigrants or Mexican Americans born and raised in the United States but whose family ancestry makes them die-hard Mexico supporters.

Some will speak no Spanish and others will have never set foot in Mexico, yet they will cheer their side as hard as they jeer the Star-Spangled Banner. This is the nature of the complex and often heated rivalry that Pasadena native Pablo Miralles believes is “more dynamic and more important to more people than any other international football rivalry.”

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/oct/08/mexico-usa-rivalry-soccer

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