Gracias Usa? Why Some Mexican Soccer Fans Are Thanking Their Northern Neighbor

But did Mexico want US saving? By David Agren,Correspondent / October 16, 2013 Mexican newspaper front pages carry messages of thanks to the US in Mexico City, Oct. 16. Thanks to the last minute victory of the US team over Panama, Mexico has advanced to the intercontinental playoff series against New Zealand for a spot in next year’s World Cup. Dario Lopez-Mills/AP The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition The cheers erupted in restaurants and bars across the city after the US soccer team scored in extra time eliminating Panama and saving Mexicoshopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The irony of Uncle Sams squad saving Mexico from missing the World Cup wasnt lost on many Mexicans, some of who said their team didnt even deserve to advance and had hoped staying on the sidelines next year would bring about changes in the sport and its national governing body . A deep distrust of the United States dating back to the Mexican-American War, when Mexico lost half its territory could previously rally the country in ways only matched by perhaps the soccer squad and the national patroness, Our Lady of Guadalupe. It doesnt speak well of Mexico that it needed help from the United States, says Alejandra Apreza, a young deli employee in a neighborhood near the presidents residence, Los Pinos. She says the performance reinforced the old stereotype that Mexicans dont work well in teams. RECOMMENDED: How much do you know about Mexico? Take our quiz. But a potential sign of a changing Mexican attitude toward its big, bad northern neighbor, many today prefer to look at the problems at home instead of scapegoating the United States, which has long been a popular pastime in political, cultural, and academic circles here. The national soccer side used to be a unifying force beverage commercials even employed the slogan “Soccer unites us” but has since become a source of contention, Ms. Apreza says.

MARC USA Hires Jerry Thompson from Ketchum to Expand PR Discipline

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