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Mexican Fans At It Again – Chants Overshadow USMNT’s Historic Three-Peat

CONCACAF’s Match Officials Had to Stop the Game Due to Discriminatory Chants

Mexican Fans At It Again - Chants Overshadow USMNT's Historic Three-Peat
Fans cheer on Mexico as they take on Panama | Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP

Mexico’s Fans Continue to Disappoint

“It’s unsafe and someone can get hurt…” -Gregg Berhalter

The USMNT once again won the Nations League final versus Mexico but it is fans’ behavior that is making the soccer news. Before the United States raised the trophy, the match was stopped twice in response to an anti-LGBTQ+ chant.

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FIFA and other football governing bodies continue to try to get the chant out of soccer. This is not the first time Mexico has been reprimanded for this chant. FIFA hit the Mexican Football Federation with $100,000 fines for two similar incidents during the 2022 World Cup.

It was yet another dos a cero victory for the USMNT over Mexico but all anyone is talking about is some of the fans’ behavior.

This could be an interesting preview of what the United States will face in Copa America and more importantly during the 2026 World Cup. This match did not take place in a brutal road environment.

It was at Jerry’s World in Arlington, Texas. Yet, it did not feel like a home match for the USMNT.

 

Not Every USMNT Match in America Is a Home Game

One of the things we love about America is that it is home to people from all over the world. Yet, this also makes it challenging to have a true home-field advantage in soccer games, especially anytime the team faces Mexico which has a large fan base in the United States.

United States players were pelted with objects after scoring the second goal of the game. There are also viral videos of fans fighting, and one USA supporter posted a photo after getting pelted in the head with an unidentified object.

That was unfortunate because we want a really competitive game, we want a great atmosphere but we don’t want to get things thrown at us,” USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter said, per ESPN. “It’s unsafe and someone can get hurt.

As for the match, USMNT supporters should not rush to get World Cup 2026 champs tattoos. The Nations League is hardly a brutal tournament.

Yet, last time I checked, winning is always better than losing. Winning a tournament, no matter what size, is a positive as the team looks towards Copa America.

 

Mexico Is Still Ahead of USA in the Copa America Odds

Mexico is still ahead of the United States at fourth in the Copa America odds (+1100), per BetUS. America is sixth among the countries at +1200. Both squads are well behind the two favorites Argentina (+175) and Brazil (+225).

There are sure to be plenty of soccer rumors between now and when Copa America kicks off on June 20.

For now, another edition of dos a cero will get USMNT fans through the next couple of months.

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