Mexico's gold medal sparked a joyous frenzy south of the Rio Grande.
In el Norte, it ignited a Twitter frenzy of reactions. There were plenty of congratulations from US national team players and fans, but also a bit of hand-wringing about what the larger meaning is for the US soccer scene. After all, the US and Mexico are massive rivals, and they renew their senior side rivalry in next Wednesday's friendly at Azteca Stadium.
Congrats to Mexico in winning the gold.Way to represent CONCACAF. Soccer is really improving in north America and central America.— Eddie Johnson (@eddie_johnson7) August 11, 2012
Felicidades a México.— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) August 11, 2012
Turning tv off now..— Joe Gyau (@JoeGyau36) August 11, 2012
Bravo Mexico. Salud.— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) August 11, 2012
The coolest acronym in the world of acronyms, CONCACAF, is owning the Olympics in soccer. That is all.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad_com) August 11, 2012
Congrats to Mexico!!! A stellar tournament from a very talented team. What will this do for the rivalry??— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) August 11, 2012
Of course, it wasn't just players. Journalists got into the act, doing their best to use just 140 characters to give the result context, especially as it relates to the US national team.
Mexico is now 3-0 vs Brazil in world-tournament finals, also winning at 2005 U-17 WC & 1999 Confed Cup.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) August 11, 2012
In case you're wondering, Mexico's rise in global soccer is only a good thing for the United States& mdash; Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) August 11, 2012
We'll see what happens in next 2 years, but it's not crazy to think Mexico could win World Cup 2014& mdash; Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) August 11, 2012