A number of U.S. Men’s National Team players will return to their Lone Star State roots when the USA meets Mexico tonight in San Antonio.
Four players from the roster are Texas natives: Greg Garza (Grapevine), Omar Gonzalez (Dallas), Lee Nguyen (McKinney) and Brek Shea (Bryan). For these players, knowing that they are getting ready to face archrival Mexico makes this already a huge game. But to also do it while in their home state, in front of their family and friends, is the icing on the cake.
“This rivalry is very important,” Gonzalez said. “You never want to lose to your neighbor. In the past, these games have been awesome to watch and they’ve been really tough games and important games. I’m Mexican-American and that has a lot to do with it as well. There’s just a lot of history in these games and they’re always exciting to be a part of, and it’s a little bit extra for me this time because I’m in my home state, my family’s here and I’m just excited to play in front of them.”
Gonzalez will have an arsenal of supporters in the Alamodome tomorrow night with his mother and father in attendance, as well as his brother and sister and their families. Additionally, the match falls on his father’s birthday and he said a U.S. win would make for a nice gift.
“Maybe I can score my first goal for the National team as well,” Gonzalez said. “I think that would be the cherry on top.”
Tonight the U.S. MNT will look to continue its five-game unbeaten streak against Mexico and preserve its 20-game unbeaten streak on U.S. soil.
Lee Nguyen is looking forward to experiencing the classic matchup from the field for the first time in front of his dad, sister and friends who will be there to watch.
“This is probably the biggest rivalry in international football, I think,” Nguyen said. “USA-Mexico goes back a long way and this will be my first time being a part of it so I’m very thrilled and excited to be here. It’s always great to be back close to home where [my family] can come and watch live.”