What They're Saying: Olivia Jimenez

"In my humble opinion, I believe that it's absurd to be able to represent my country, but not be able to play in it. [The league] is a great project and I hope in the future they change [the rule] and I can play in my beloved Mexico."

-- Mexican national team midfielder Olivia Jimenez, who was born in the United States but raised in Mexico, on the new Liga MX Femenil's rule that requires players be born in Mexico, excluding many Mexican-Americans, even those who play for Mexico internationally. (ESPNW)
7 comments about "What They're Saying: Olivia Jimenez".
  1. R2 Dad, July 21, 2017 at 4:32 a.m.

    Olivia, you sound like a thoughtful woman. Unfortunately, you are just a gringa in the eyes of the club owners who run Liga MX. If there is anything that makes Mexicans unhappy it's relying on their northern neighbor. My MexAm customers here in California were unbearably grumpy after the US saved El Tri's bacon in October 2013, and that is crow Mexicans don't want to eat again. They're using you now because it's convenient for them while they build up the sport in Mexico--in a way you can't blame them. Sorry for your disappointment, hope you get a professional contract elsewhere and this setback doesn't detract from your love of the game and country.

  2. Ric Fonseca replied, July 21, 2017 at 2:36 p.m.

    R2D2: First and foremost and I am sure you've probably deduced by now, I was born in MexCity thus a citizen of Mexico, was brought here before even turning ten, I am a veteran (Navy-Army) and a US naturalized citizen, college grad and retired College Emeritus Prof of History, former WCUSA '94 Historian, youth, high school, and college retired coach, former referee and ref assessor, so I know of what I speak. I must say that I find your comment a bit perplexing, even more perplexing than LIGA MX Femenil's ruling (which I find very patronizing and full of stupid machismo, a rule that was more than likely written by a bunch of guys and maybe one or two ladies!) I gather that you live in SoCal (where?) and you assume that she is nothing but a "gringa in the eyes of the club owners (sic)" well amigo, you've probably put too much salsa verde on your burrito, though I will admit that there is SOME validity to what you say, but I can tell you that this crazy-assed ruling was more than likely as a result of another FIFA ruling, and I predict it will not last long because the number of young women, from all over the world is increasing incrementally - I see it on a daily basis, and more and more young Latina ladies living here - this side of the border - are getting better and better. Mark my words, pretty soon groups such as the ones that put together that SUENO contest, geared for identifying young Latino or Hispanic or Mexican American males, will also see that they must remove their gender blinders and begin to also include female futbolistas. Oh and BTW, I also hold dual nationality/citizenship. Anyhow, for whatever my comment is worth, to Senorita Olivia Jimenez; ANIMO!!!

  3. Ric Fonseca replied, July 22, 2017 at 12:09 p.m.

    R@D@: You know, I forgot to tell you a little bit about my also being called and seen as a "gringo" by by own family - cousins, aunts and uncles - whenever I went to visit, so I know only too well what she feels, in fact as recent as ten years ago, an uncle and a cousin (may they RIP) would always, I mean ALWAYS would refer to me as "El Gringo Fonseca", and I can also tell you that Olivia may be "seen as a gringa in the eyes of the club owners...(sic)" so WTF and so what, and I will tell you folks that am a few years past my 70th birthday! Lastly, Olivia if you read this, consider it to be their loss nd your gain and I strongly encourage you to pursue a college education back here in "gringolandia," even if you start out at the community college level. Recuerda que esa luz al otro lado del tunel es la salida, no un tren que viene del contrario!!! ANIMO!!!

  4. :: SilverRey ::, July 21, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.

    This seems pretty insane to me. By that logic a player born in Mexico but raised entirely in the US (or elsewhere) - obviously with less Mexican culture and values - would be better than Olivia. In this global era we all need to accept that citizenship has become a little more complicated than just 'where you were born'.

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now, July 21, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

    I could understand the rule if it were limited to players with Mexican citizenship, or players eligible to represent the national team but what difference does it make where you are born? I don't see how preventing foreigners from coming to their league helps anyway. Some people want MLS to have restrictions like this which doesn't make sense to me.

  6. David Mont, July 21, 2017 at 12:46 p.m.

    But it's Trump who is a bigot...

  7. Craig Cummings, July 23, 2017 at 10:48 p.m.

    Does Olivia still carry a USA passport.

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