USA-Mexico: Hex opener takes on new meaning

If there wasn't enough at stake in the USA-Mexico match that will open the Hexagonal on Friday night, Tuesday's election results added a new dynamic. Players woke up on Wednesday to the news that Donald Trump whose rhetoric had inflamed the passions of many Mexican-Americans had won the presidency in a shocking upset.

U.S. captain Michael Bradley, who followed the election closely, hopes Friday night -- Veterans Day -- will be a special day.

“I would hope that our fans do what they always do, which is support our team in the best, most passionate way possible,” he said. “I would hope that they give every person in that stadium the respect that they deserve, whether they're American, Mexican, neutral, men, women, children. I would hope that every person who comes to the stadium comes ready to enjoy what we all want to be a beautiful game between two sporting rivals that -- again -- have a lot of respect for each other."

Bradley, who scored both goals when the USA beat Mexico, 2-0, in Columbus in 2009 but was suspended in 2013, acknowledged Friday's game has taken on a new context, given the presidential campaign.

“Given the way everything has gone the last few months," he added, "there is an added layer to this game. But my general feeling is that we, as Americans, trust our system, we respect our democracy and, regardless of your beliefs, regardless of how you voted, we have an obligation to come together, get behind our new president and to have faith and trust that he will do what’s best for the entire country."
9 comments about "USA-Mexico: Hex opener takes on new meaning".
  1. Kenneth Gough, November 10, 2016 at 10 a.m.

    A "shocking" upset? Surprising, perhaps, but not shocking. Sport is sport, and politics is politics - or at least, that's the way it should be, and the way Soccer America should strive to keep it. The world is awash in problems enough from their confounding. No need to add to the list.

  2. Mark Muller replied, November 10, 2016 at 10:41 a.m.

    Even FOX News used the term shocking upset. Get over it.

  3. don Lamb replied, November 10, 2016 at 2:24 p.m.

    If you simplify things to the point of saying stuff like "sport is sport, and politics is politics," then you are probably missing out on a ton of details and nuance that are out there in this world. I hope that we can all be a bit more aware, honest, mature, etc.

  4. Melvin Howard, November 10, 2016 at 11:08 a.m.

    So much for keeping politics out of a soccer article (and an extremely ignorant statement as well!).

  5. Rusty Welch, November 10, 2016 at 11:22 a.m.

    Jake -
    That was one of the dumbest, most ignorant and uninformed comments I've seen this year. Congratulations on winning your prize for spewing lazy, generalized, political attacks on 1/2 of your countrymen - on a soccer website. I hope it made you 'feel better', man.

  6. Bob Ashpole, November 10, 2016 at 11:28 a.m.

    It will probably be difficult to find any forum today without political comments. I think I will just ignore the comments and try to stay on topic. I don't think either team needs a political controversy to get them more motivated for this match than they are already.

  7. Wooden Ships, November 10, 2016 at 11:56 a.m.

    Paul, how about your player selections for tomorrow? That is a more interesting and fun thread to initiate.

  8. :: SilverRey ::, November 10, 2016 at 1:08 p.m.

    Please, no Wall tifos - that's all I ask.

  9. Brian McLindsay, November 11, 2016 at 12:11 p.m.

    The report points to the reason Bradley is the team Capt. He is not only a steady personality but is also aware of the broader environment which the team competes. If an unnamed keeper had half his sense, we would not have heard a soccer crowd chant ZZZZIKAAA every time she touched the ball.

    Last, painting 45 million + plus people as racist is very simple minded. I know many who voted for our current president and then voted for the president elect, very ignorant to call them racist. But then again maybe you were referring for the the 7 million + additional voters who took the time to vote for our first black president but didn't go out and vote for the first front running woman in history. Point is a lot of people vote or don't vote for many reasons not your own, but that does not make them racist or any other thing other than holding a different opinion than your own.

    Thanks for showing just how complete Michael Bradley really is and how insightful his remarks can be in a politically charged period.

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