Picking a national team? Mexican-Americans have it tougher than you think
For most people around the world, you don't pick a national team.
For Mexican-Americans, it's a bit more complicated than that.
The United States and Mexico share one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports, and for many Mexican-Americans that means a choice has to be made. Do you root for the country of your birth, or the country of your heritage? Do you follow in the footsteps of your parents, or carve out your own path? If you come to the US for school or work, do you leave your allegiances at the border? Should you?
The decision is not easy for Mexican-Americans, and gives them all the more reason to thoroughly think it through - especially ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier (10:30 pm ET; ESPN & Univision, LIVE chat on MLSsoccer.com). From feeling a deep connection to their heritage to appreciating the lifestyle the United States can provide, there are plenty of understandable explanations as to why any fan of dual-nationality would be torn as to which team to support.
FutbolMLS.com surveyed Mexican-Americans to see where their allegiances lie when it comes to international soccer, and the results may surprise you.