Why Do Mexicans In the United States Root for Mexico Against the U.S. in Soccer?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are they so rude?

DEAR READERS: Ever since the Mexican national soccer team thrashed the American team, 4-2, in last month's Gold Cup final, Know Nothings have railed about how Mexis in the U.S. root for El Tri against the norteamericanos. They've invaded the Mexican's mailbox with preguntas sobre fútbol, so rather than answer them, I'll just reprint my two favorite soccer questions from the past—no need to reinvent the quesadilla, you know?

 

DEAR MEXICAN: Why do Mexican soccer fans chant, "Osama! Osama!" when their side plays the United States? You don't hear American soccer fans yell, "¡La migra!"

White Boy Dash

DEAR GABACHO: You think hurling bin Laden's name is tasteless? How about the Daily Mail columnist who, on the day England faced West Germany in the 1966 FIFA World Cup final, wrote, "If the Germans beat us at our national game today, we can always console ourselves [with the fact] that we have beaten them twice at theirs"? Or the hooligans who greeted Jewish fans during a Lazio-AS Roma Italian league match with a banner that read, "Auschwitz is your town, the ovens are your houses"? This is soccer we're talking about, not Wimbledon. Offensive jeers are part of the game, and anyone who can't take the heat should leave la cocina. Jingoism is the main reason fútbol is the world's most popular sport and a global Two Minutes Hate: Countries and regions can spill their aggression toward one another out on the pitch and in the stands instead of on the battlefield. That's why Mexicans love to trash the United States when the two countries play. Ustedes exploit us, humiliate us, dominate us in every socioeconomic category, even beat us in soccer—the United States has finally become Mexico's worthy adversary instead of perpetual whipping boy. So instead of wielding knives, our best revenge is the clever insult, the well-timed chinga tu madre whistle, and the beer poured upon Landon Donovan as he triumphantly exits the stadium. All the great soccer-playing nations draw rabidly nationalistic fans, and the United States will remain a third-rate country until Americans cry, "Tacos!" next time Mexico's squad invades el Norte.

 

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans HATE American soccer and "hate" (bolded, underlined and italicized) Landon Donovan?

Uncle Sam's Army Brat

DEAR GABACHO: Because Mexicans hate Americans—DUH! Geez, this is the literary equivalent of taking a penalty kick with no goaltender—but I also want to plug Gringos At the Gate, an upcoming documentary answering this very question with game footage and interviews with Mexican and American fútbol fanatics, former soccer stars, and your humble scribe. I gave your question un cabezazo over to director Pablo Miralles, who delivered a bicycle kick of an answer (okay, okay: a yellow card for me for too many bad soccer metaphors). "On the first part: The average American doesn't give a shit about fútbol, so how can they be as good or even better than us Mexicans, who are the most passionate and loyal fans?" Miralles asked the Mexican. "As for Donovan, Mexicans will say that the hatred comes from when, in 2004, he pissed on the field of the sacred Estadio Jalisco, home of the revered Chivas de Guadalajara. But the truth, I believe, is that when he won the Golden Boot at the 1999 Under-17 World Cup (being the first player from this part of the world to win such an honor) and later the Best Young Player at the 2002 World Cup, the realization for Mexican fans set in that, for the first time, the best player on the field when the United States played Mexico was NOT a Mexican. It's one thing to be beat by a bunch of overeducated, hard-working, physical brutos, but the talent, the technical skill, the style—these are the attributes of El Tri. 'So how can it be this güero is winning these awards?' think Mexican fans. Unacceptable!" Pablo, your answer was a GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

 

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: El Tri—DUH! ¡Viva México, cabrones!

 

This column appeared in print as "Special SoccerEdición."

 
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16 comments
Losangeles
Losangeles

just because mexicans are in the u.s.of a. dosent mean that theyy stopped being mexicans duhhhhhh!!!! so why the F*** would they be screaming for the u.s to win there still mexican DUHHHHH of course they are going to want for MEXICO to WIN!!!!

elchuntaroalegre
elchuntaroalegre

they also hate landon donovan because he speaks better spanish than a lot of those orange county mexicans like mi amigo gustavo

I Love soccer
I Love soccer

That BS, we dont hate USA its soccer nothing personal. And we dont chant "Osama" cause i was at the game. I was rooting for both USA and Mexico to represent at Brazil 2013

Rayjayrj
Rayjayrj

Why do Mexicans in the U.S. root for Mexico against the U.S. in soccer? Simple: they're not really Americans. Their allegiance does not lie with America. They only want the economic and political advantages that America offers. Though it's imperfect in some ways, I love this country and the principles it stands for, and would not give up my citizenship or allegiance to it. And, by the way, I am half Japones - so don't even try to label me as a gabacho racist.

mamaci
mamaci

Why Do Mexicans In the United States Root for Mexico Against the U.S. in Soccer?Because we carry in our vains the Malinche blood (the indigenous woman that helped the Spaniards with valuable info to conquer the Aztecs). That is, we bite the hand that feeds us. Because although this land gives us what our country does not, we are malagradecidos and traitors!Because we are never happy with what we get:

We call the gringos racist just because they expect from us to be good students, good citizens, because they want as to learn English (classes are free), and because they want us to clean our streets and our houses. Hey I can do that.

But what about the real racistas in Mexico? In our country if we are not white, semi-white or rich, right before us, we are called negros, prietos, indios, chuntaros, pinches indios bajados del cerro, and much more, and we are denied almost every social service from government or from people. Get in jail and complain for the crowded facilities, and you will see what you get. Good luch in getting a good lawyer (all of them are sell outs to the best bitter).Now, if you look poor or black (prieto), "do not be pretentious" and do not dare to go to a fancy restaurant dressed like a regular Joe, because even if you have your pocket full of money, you will not be welcome. "indios pulgosos" is how we are seen by "la high."

As good traitors, nos ponemos nuestros moños here in the States and demand to be treated nicely, yet we treat the americans with disdain, and we try to take advantage of them at any moment. "The gringos are stupid," we said. Not knowing who are the real stupid. That is why La Raza lives the way it does. We expect to be treated like angel, but we behave like devils against those that feed us.

Never a traitor and malagradecido has lived happily ever after. As we get what we deserve. Got it Raza!

Boring Old Guy
Boring Old Guy

"Why Do Mexicans In the United States Root for Mexico Against the U.S. in Soccer?" it's right there in the title. They don't consider themselves Americans. They are Mexicans living in the US. That is the difference between this wave of immigration and previous mass immigrations such as the Irish. The Irish joined the society and the Mexicans... well, not so much. Anyway soccer is the most boring sport on the planet, so who cares?

American
American

Like LENCHO said:

FYI: Mexicans in the U.S., Mexican-Americans, Canadians, Mexicans in Mexico, Peruvians in Peru, Brazilians in Brazil, et al. are all Americans.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Why do Americans in Germany root for the U. S. team instead of Germany? Why do Aussies in Italy root for Spain instead if Australia? One of the dimmest questions ever.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Actually, I believe that Aussies would be more likely to root for Ethi, uh, I mean Australia. I fumbled my proof read on that one, oops.

Proud Spanish
Proud Spanish

I am an American of Spanish descent. Yes of Spanish descent. It is insulting that the dirty Mexicans booed at our National Anthem, after we provide them with free medical care and welfare. VIVA LA MIGRA. Good Bless the USA

Pepe
Pepe

Gachupín gachupatas, lámeme las patas. Nosotros siquiera no ceceamos como maricones.

amedina
amedina

It is obvious you do not want to assimilate to myCountry. That's what is wrong with you Mexicans, you expect people to speak Spanish. If I lived in Mexico it would be expected for me to learn Spanish, but for you guys you do not want to learn English. By the way, I hate Soccer!! Soccer Sucks!!!

Fred
Fred

Lechon, read up on the soccer war between El Salvador and Honduras. Their armies actually attacked each other after a dispute on the pitch.

Oh and this has to be Gustavo's laziest effort yet. Recycling old columns because he too busy to write new material. Perezoso

Pepe
Pepe

¿Perezoso? Se dice güevón.

Na Yeli
Na Yeli

It's very simple. The U.S. dominates (or almost) in every single sport around the world for decades. Mexico is good ( in Latin America) in 1 sport. P.S. I think Donovan is hot on and off the field.

Frank
Frank

i can totally understand why a wab Mexican in the USA would cheer for Mexico against the USA, but when I see third generation Mexican-Americans rooting against their country, it really fries my ass.....

Having said that-my 11 year-old daughter (with a fanatical USA fan for a father and a Mexican-born and raised mom) says that she roots for both teams-"USA is my country, while Mexico is where my Mom is from"-I can live with that....

 
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