Why Americans should support Mexico at the World Cup

I understand that for some it’s hard to embrace the idea that Americans will cheer for their biggest rivals, Mexico, at the World Cup – particularly after the US missed out on this month’s tournament in Russia.

If American fans see a great player, if we see a great team, if we see somebody winning a World Cup, we’re going to support them. So it’s a matter of the respect of the sport and the appreciation that the players are getting better and they’re growing.

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While Mexico missed the World Cup in Italy because of cheating and the United States failed to make Russia 2018 because of athletic shortcomings, the result is the same: no national team to cheer for.

The US failed to qualify for Russia 2018 after playing in every World Cup since 1990, leaving the sport’s ever-growing American fanbase searching for someone to root for. As soccer fans prepare for the start of the World Cup on Thursday, the United States will be on the sidelines.

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