Michael Bradley, US soccer captain, on Wednesday insisted that this week’s crucial World cup qualifier against Mexico has extra layer of significance following Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election.
The Rivalry between both the countries has a unique place in the soccer world due to the huge number of Mexico supporters living within the U.S. This is the first major competition for any national team since the election of Donald Trump. Mexico was at the heart of Trump’s campaign. His bid for the White house launched with a call to build a wall along the entirety of the U.S. border to keep out Mexicans, who according to the president-elect were “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
He keep insisting that Mexico will pay for the wall throughout his campaign, while decrying that the country is “Killing us” on trade.
Now that Trump will have the power of the presidency in just a couple of months’ time, and the opportunity to carry out his call for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, the time for humor has arguably passed.
Still, U.S. team captain Michael Bradley doesn’t expect the rivalry between the two nations on the field to spill over into unsavory behavior in the stands.
On the other hand, Tim Howard, who didn’t vote, was on the other side of coin.