Mexico’s First Loss to U.S. at Home, on a Mexican American’s Goal

Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2012

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On Wednesday night, Mexico was defeated by the United States in a friendly match at the cavernous high-altitude Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, 1-0, the first win for the U.S. on Mexican soil in 75 years of a storied and often bitter rivalry.

The only goal of the game came from U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal, 26, a Mexican American native of Orange.

When it happened, in the 79th minute, utter silence seemed to befall the entire Mexican capital for a second or two. The United States had not won a single game at the Azteca, and Mexico had barely lost there against any opponent, in official matches or friendlies.

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But U.S. goalie Tim Howard delivered crucial saves for the Americans, despite being battered with harrasment from the stands, a custom relished by fans at the Azteca. (At least one pesky person Wednesday was distracting the U.S. goalie with the light of a green laser.)

There was surprisingly little bad blood for Orozco in Mexico’s media the next morning and among armchair analysts online.

Where could an ardently nationalist fan draw a line on criticism anyway? The U.S. friendly roster is rife with border-blurring athletes, a reflection of the complex historical migration patterns between the  countries, and maybe a little of that free-trade spirit that has defined the binational relationship since 1994.

Edgar Castillo, a defender born in Las Cruces, N.M., has played for both the Mexican and U.S. national teams. Midfielder Joe Corona — half-Mexican, half-Salvadoran and born in Los Angeles —plays professionally for Tijuana. And Herculez Gomez, born in L.A. to Mexican American parents, plays in Mexico for Pachuca.

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  • mobilebay

    I’m sure Mexico will demand a recount, an apology and will send 50 million more Mexicans here.

  •  That team that beat mexico was without a doubt the least “american” U.S. National team I have ever seen take the field.

  • JackKrak

    Ok, fair enough – the guy who scored grew up speaking Spanish at home & all the rest of it, BUT…..

    At least he plays on the right team now. I’m a boxing fan & it seems that half of all fights on tv lately feature a guy born somewhere in the US that fights with a Mexican or Puerto Rican flag on his trunks. just recently, Danny Garcia – born in Philadelphia – beat Amir Khan for two light welterweight titles, a pretty big deal. And what did he say after the match? That it was a victory for Latinos everywhere.

    Latino first, American second. The guy who scored for the US at least appears to be American first – at least give him that.

    •  Oh PLEASE!  He’s only playing for the U.S. team because he is too crappy to play for the meixcan tri-colores. 

  • IstvanIN

    So Sur de Mexico beat Mexico Norte, and this concerns us how?

  • BernieGoetzFan

    I have not seen the U.S. soccer team for a few months. In 2010, they were very white – often starting 8 whites among the 11 players. But within a year they were about half black, half white. I noted that very few Hispanics played for the team despite the fact that they love soccer.

    In any event, the U.S. team is pretty bad and I hope they do not qualify for the World Cup given the racial dynamics of “our” team. Better Mexico win than this affirmative action squad.

  • I am surprized that the Mexicans did not riot when the Americans won.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    The libs keep screaming that “borders” are imaginary, but they would be if they had their way. Race is really the only thing that give borders any meaning.