The Gold Cup final today features a fantastic matchup beween the United States and Mexico -- without question the two best teams in CONCACAF. The continental championship game will be played tonight in the Rose Bowl, meaning there will be thousands of fans in attendance supporting both sides. Support for both teams should be fantastic. . .as long it doesn't veer into questionable territory.
Yesterday, Jeremiah Oshan wrote an excellent piece on SBNation that included this advice to U.S fans:
Don't fall into this trap. Don't let jingoism be mistaken for patriotism. Don't allow yourself to blur the line between sport and life to this degree. Don't turn this into an opportunity to break out tired, hurtful and lazy stereotypes.
Jeremiah went on to correctly state that just because someone roots for a different country does NOT mean that they don't appreciate the United States. It's a simple truth, but one that for some reason is completely overlooked by certain U.S. fans.
It goes without saying that the United States vs. Mexico is a fantastic rivalry, and one that makes both teams better. There's also tremendous fan support on both sides. U.S. fans continue to grow in numbers, but unfortunately there's always those on the U.S. side who use the game as an excuse to air their own racist nonsense. And it is these fans that give the entire population of U.S. supporters a bad name. This needs to end.
Here are a few of the dumbest postings found on Twitter as of midday on Saturday (warning: racist idiocy and possibly offensive language below):
soo are Rose Bowl workers asking fans for green cards? if so there wont be any mexicans in attendance tonight #USMNT
any mexican attending the USA vs Mexico game tonight will be arrested for being an illegal immigrant simply because they all look suspicious
Fuck Mexico soccer, stupid spics #USA
USA! Fuck the mexicans. Every single one of you. Go to hell.
Not legally at least RT @Adam_Jacobi: USMNT-Mexico at the Rose Bowl Saturday. Luckily for us, there are no Mexicans in Southern California.
Someone call immigration! I know where 90,000 mexicans will be! The gold cup at the Rose Bowl
@FutBrando Also 90,000 people will be at the Rose Bowl tonight. 75,000 of them will beaners
I think immigration should be at the front doors of the rose bowl tonight so maybe we can get homefield advantage