Mexico captain Rafa Marquez started his evening in a show of solidarity with American players, but and finished it not just with his match-winner, but with comments aimed at supporting Mexicans in the United States.
President-elect Donald Trump made waves with controversial and anti-Mexican statements during the United States presidential campaign, which he won on Tuesday.
In addition to saying that he’d build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and force Mexico to pay for it, he described a group of Mexican immigrants as “not their best” people.
So while Marquez refrained from going all-out against Trump after heading in the match-winner of a 2-1 win over the United States, he acknowledged the week that was for the many people of Mexican heritage inside and beyond the borders of the U.S.
“I don’t know about bad time, but a time of intolerance,” Márquez said after the match of Trump’s incendiary comments.
“But now, with this win [Mexicans] can forget a little bit about what happened here in the United States.
“It was a long time that we haven’t had a good game here. We are very happy and this is very important for us. It was the best opportunity to change the story here and tonight was what we had hoped for in the last couple of days.”
Mexico next heads to Panama with a chance to score a pristene six road points from its first two matches. Panama won Friday in Honduras by a 1-0 score.