U.S. and Mexico players make statement of unity before World Cup qualifier

11/12/16 The Washington Post 

Soccer StadiumThe U.S. men’s national soccer team has no fiercer rival than Mexico. But before Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, players from both sides came together to make a statement of unity.

The unstated context, of course, was the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency earlier in the week. Trump began his campaign last year by making derogatory remarks about Mexicans and Mexican Americans, and his promise to build a wall between the two countries was a staple of his rhetoric.

On Friday, U.S. and Mexican players built a different wall. After each side had posed for its traditional pre-match team photo, an unusual photo was taken, featuring the on-field antagonists standing alongside one another, putting their arms around each others’ shoulders.

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