America’s soccer migrants: the US footballers crossing Mexico’s border
America’s soccer migrants: the US footballers crossing Mexico’s border

When Mexico sends it’s people, they’re
not sending their best. Latinos are being stereotyped in the United
States. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing
crime, they’re rapists. Would I have liked for him to be president?
Umm, maybe not. There’s just a lack of respect. Oh, he’s a piece of shit eh? We will build a great wall. There’s already, like, a huge wall. An impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful,
beautiful southern border wall. The wall is already there. And Mexico will pay for the wall. Mexico will not pay a peso. Not one peso for
this wall. My grandparents went to the US for a better
life. I chose to be a soccer player. Mexico happened to be the place where I can achieve
it. I would tell people to come visit Mexico any
chance that you get, and you can make your decision for yourself. And not listen to this
fake news. I think that the Mexican league is attractive
because it’s well-structured. It has very competitive teams, and above all it is a league
that has money. For Mexican-Americans, I think that they still feel that playing in Mexico
gives them better experience than starting to play in the United States. Pachuca, the oldest club in Mexico, was founded
by immigrant English miners – who introduced the beautiful game to the Mexican people. Hello, how are you? Hold the T-Shirt tight.
Put the ball down. Thanks!
Hold it really tight. This is my home here in Pachuca. I’ve been
here a year now, we just moved into this house a month ago. Got some pictures framed from
the last year. Me hoisting the trophy. Omar Gonzalez moved to Pachuca after his former
club, LA Galaxy, brought in a Mexican, Giovani dos Santos. It came very close to me, you know, taking
a big pay cut just to stay in LA because I never thought I would be happy anywhere else.
Pachuca sent over a contract, they were paying me what I was making in LA, but here it’s
net, so it’s just a no-brainer, this is a game-changer, because you never know how
long your career will last. So I had to think about my family first. So right now I’m taking you upstairs. Five
bedrooms up here and a little play area right here so it’s not too bad for the girls here. I’m the proudest American but you can’t
forget about where you came from. I was born in the US, my parents are Mexican. When I
came down to Mexico I got my Mexican passport, I got my citizenship. I’m currently trying
to get my daughters Mexican citizenship, and also my wife. They’re actually downstairs. Isla, say hi. Hi. And hola. Hola. We couldn’t be happier that we are in Mexico
at this moment. To be able to raise our daughters in a different culture, getting to see a different
part of the World, is exactly what we want at this point and we’d like to stay here
for the foreseeable future. Gonzalez was a US international before he
arrived in Mexico and represents the pinnacle of success for crossover players. Most young
Hispanic footballers arrive as amateurs because the structure of US football doesn’t offer
them the same opportunities. They have hockey and they have baseball, and
football over there, soccer as they call it, it’s not a way out of poverty. Here in Mexico
it’s a way out of poverty, that’s why it’s ingrained in the lower echelons of
the social classes. We bring them in, very young, because they
have no opportunities. It’s like arrested development. In here, they can have education
and they can have a chance to develop as professional players. Most of these kids, they don’t
have a better chance. This is Torreon, home to Santos Laguna, a club that epitomises the modern face of Mexican football. It has been a club that has been concerned
with being at the vanguard of new things. They built a new stadium, new equipment, training
grounds. It has given a bit of continuity to youth players, providing all the conditions for development. Ways of thinking. That was a good turn. The Cruyff turn. Ways of professionalising the player, creating
a professional not only on the pitch, but also off it. Making
them responsible for themselves. Is he going to shoot it? I hope! I would! Every time I come here, it feels like Mexico.
When I was in the US, this is the vision I had of Mexico. Santos players are obliged to take part in
the club’s social responsibility programme, Guerreros de Corazon. It’s an opportunity
for American players to see the real Mexico… We all gather up, and we go out into the community
and try to help in anything we can possibly do. We dig some dirt and we help in the garden,
we play soccer with them, we just have some fun. Some of these kids are probably smarter than
me already. It’s very special you know, it kind of reminds
me of my childhood. Because I did school in Mexico for a bit too. So I kind of remember,
flashbacks, similar things like this, you know? What is your name? Jonathan. Jonathan? My twin! My name is also Jonathan. What language do you speak? English and Spanish. This is what represents me. Playing a little bit of Fifa, with my friend
right here. A little bit of Mexico versus USA. Goal. Goal right there. A Fifa rule places limitations on the global
traffic of minors to mainly European clubs who abandon them when they don’t make the
grade. Yes sir, that’s 3-3 right there. Despite this, players as young as fourteen
have been flocking across the border. To win it right here. You’ll miss. Yes sir. USA over Mexico any day. Mexican clubs are confused about how the ruling should be interpreted for these dual-nationality players. There is a lot of people crossing the border from Mexico to the US every day and from the US to Mexico. There is a lot of people, they were born in Mexico
but they live there, there is people, born in the US but they came to Mexico. We bring
players that want to be in Mexico because they’re part of Mexico. This is one of the things that is difficult
to understand in the league. Because these are things that if we go to a constitutional
level, the player can complain and say ‘wait, I’m being hired as a foreigner in my own
country. Even though I was born in another country, I have a Mexican passport. Here it
says Mexican.’ We go maybe eight or ten times per year to
try to find young, talented players, and one of them was Jonathan Navarro. He has the talent,
and he’s a Mexican, but he also has US nationality. So what do you think about him? He is Mexican?
He is from the US? We think more on the person, the player. Navarro arrived at Santos as a sixteen year
old, but with uncertainty around the FIFA rule, returned home to San Jose six months
and zero games later. He had to wait until he turned 18 to play for the club. I was a little bit depressed. Felt a bit unwanted.
I had some anger in me, you know, I just wanted to play. And the worst part was that I was
away from my family and basically on my own. Bit difficult, but that’s the sacrifice
you have to make in order to get somewhere. I see soccer a little bit different now because
I know there’s a lot of players out there with talent, and they just want to play, but
the opportunity has to be there. It wasn’t the time yet. Guadalajara is home to Chivas, Mexico’s
most famous club. Any Mexican that doesn’t particularly like
football or doesn’t watch much football ends up supporting Chivas because they are
all Mexicans. It’s the only team that plays with a 100%
Mexican team. It’s the best team in Mexico. It’s number
one in Mexico. Made by Mexicans for Mexicans.
I am 60 years old, I have been watching Guadalajara since I was 10. It has always been Mexicans. Even here, at this most Mexican of clubs,
there’s an exception – Alex Zendejas. He was born in Mexico, but grew up in the United
States. I had to resign from the USA, but it was something
I had to do to be here, and I want to be here, so there’s no other choice. It’s their rule, it’s what they’ve been
doing, and if they want to keep it that way it’s fine. Obviously everyone’s dream
is to play international football so we’ll see how it goes in the future, but right now
my mind is set on Chivas. I’ve actually got a picture of when he made
his debut for FC Dallas. And then I have this one too. Just gave him a big hug, congratulating
him. He made me a better player and a stronger
player. Every time when we were little he made me work out with him. He’s a big part
of why I’m here. Damn, the keeper didn’t even move. Take off the [table] cloth, yeah? Me and my brother get really intense into
it. We’re a sporty family. Hopefully we’ll play for the same team,
that’d be nice. But we’ll see what the future holds. My brother just got out of college, but he
played throughout his youth career. He’s looking for a team right now, and fortunately
we found him one. In a city called Tepa. It’s like an hour away from here but it’s a second
division team. There’s people here that already made it
and you’re coming here to take their spot, and they feel threatened so they’ll do anything
to keep their spot, you know? They’ll dirty slide-tackle, they’ll call you names, so
you’ve just got to concentrate on what
you’re here for, or else the country will eat you right up and spit you back out. Club Tijuana, the newest team in Liga MX,
are in town to play Chivas. Tijuana is so close to the US border it can exploit an exception
to the FIFA rule that permits movement of players within 50kms either side of the divide.
There’s a real derby feel to the games between these two rivals. Why is there a great rivalry? Maybe because
Tijuana is right next to the United States. One team, Guadalajara, that is one hundred
percent Mexican and the team of Tijuana, that are foreigners, with a lot of culture from
the United States, because it’s at the border zone. Maybe that why there’s this great
rivalry. Xolos started like this, bringing in Mexican-Americans. There it is! You can do what you want as long as you work
within the rules. And I think that Xolos saw an open door, a light, and said that’s what
I’m doing. And also to create identity with people in Tijuana. They created a connection
with Mexican-Americans and also from there to here as well, with American-Mexicans. The good thing about Club Tijuana is the relationship
that we have with American players. Nice shot. Who are able to get their Mexican nationality
and come down, and share the double – culture, you could call it. Oh, come on! In my case, living in one country and playing
in the other country, I get the best of both worlds, right? There it is. On the soccer field, there is no language. Beer! But still here in Mexico I think they’re
just more into soccer. They live soccer, they bleed soccer. They’re proud of being Mexican. Score a goal, score a goal, Chivas score a
goal! I’d definitely say that I’m 100% American
first. People have compared this match as Mexico v the US. We’ll have three Americans
on the field and people can call it a Mexico – US game as long as we win. The number nine appeared. 1 – 0. The approach of a club like Tijuana is emblematic
of the truth of a blurred border between two nations that depend upon each other for their
shared prosperity. I don’t think it’s everything. The United
States is not everything. Mexicans that go there, go to work. They go in search of a
better life. They don’t go to take anyone’s job. We will have to reach a middle point
and realise that both countries need each other. They need us as much as we need them.

100 thoughts on “America’s soccer migrants: the US footballers crossing Mexico’s border”

  1. Soul Vibess says:

    4:55 not bad

  2. ZeriMar ツ says:

    Sub to my channel plz will be thankful

  3. centenosparky says:

    Didn't Jamaica (MLS Players) beat Mexico (Liga MX Players) in this years Gold Cup?

  4. MrTachyon3000 says:

    As someone else pointed out, why did they put a yellow filter when they show Mexico? They do that in movies, but here it is stupid.

  5. Uncle Drew says:

    Liga MX > MLS

  6. Admin User says:

    why your video deliberately is in sepia color and yellow tones? obviously your trying to depict a dusty and poor mexico, all your images are shown from very poor places, even the interviews in the bar in guadalajara were in a seedy bar that the normal people don't go. why? what's the purpose to look only ugly images?

  7. A. H. says:

    I was these guys 19 yrs ago. Young kid trying to earn a spot on Nacional Tijuana.

  8. Lalo says:

    The Mexican constitution says that nationality can be obtained by being born in Mexican territory and also by being the son of Mexican parents regardless of where you were born …

  9. l An says:

    They all have that weird accent when they speak English.

  10. usteeler81 says:

    Why did they have to politicize a sports video? The world needs to get a grip

  11. Dr weed says:

    el mls vale verga comparado con la liga mejicana

  12. Dani Jay says:

    Jonah Gonzalez Eres El mujer

  13. Chris Flores says:

    Liga MX is not the pinnacle for American players, lol.

  14. Youtube want to kill me for stupid comments says:

    Mexico sending best mexican players to mls.

  15. Maestro says:

    Mexico will lift the World Cup before USA

  16. Nc de Libra says:

    All iknow is mls is a joke the worst legue in the world garbage

  17. alvaro f says:

    Si fueran muy buenos esos jugadores que va a México fácilmente brillarían en la MLS, el talento es lo que cuenta para encontrar una oportunidad

  18. helbert macedo says:

    Whats with the yellow fillter in every mexico video??

  19. Mr. Avocado says:

    Me as Mexican-American, I would choose to play with Mexico than USA

  20. Eze Mero says:

    Rivalidad chivas vs Tijuana no es cierto . Rivalidad chivas vs América chivas vs atlas

  21. Roberto Vargas says:

    Marco Money fuels these clubs. It's called money laundering.

  22. Raymundo Sanchez says:

    De dont want pochos!!

  23. ImReadyFor AscensionEvent says:


  24. Jose Zapien says:

    entoses si no nasiste en Estados unidos. no eres Americano.Ellos son Mexico estadonidenses

  25. Braian Tapia says:

    Chivas was not made by Mexicans lol

  26. Alex Star says:

    Arriba tigres

  27. Sergio Chavez says:

    Ese señor que nacio a los 10 años es un pendejo

  28. Abel Aguirre says:

    The flag represents them and me and not trump

  29. Cyber sight says:

    While i was visiting chicago back then. My friend who loved to play soccer. Told me that pachuca had a little school training them. Each saturday morning he would be train, him an a couple of other young teenagers. The one thing he said that would really piss him off was when the coach would tell them someone from mexico was coming to visit the academy on such date. Kids from the suburbs and other states would flock the academy about 50 players in total and play. While him and the regulars would only watch or play 5 mins. The next saturday it would just be the regulars only. I think they were about 15 teenagers. Of course pachuca would charge them if they wanted to play. After 2 years he lost hope for the academy and left. He said there was nothing special. Just possers and wannabees. Funny he would have the word messis to indicate them.

  30. Gabo jz says:

    I like gringas

  31. Nevermore says:

    We want the players from Argentina…. not Mexico. They come by airplane.

  32. Rafa Rafa says:

    Chingen su putA madre UNITED STATES!

  33. Eduardo Tapia Álvarez says:

    Y porque no.le dan oportunidad alos jovenes mexicanos a ustedes nadamas buscan el negocio, seriamos mejores exportadores de futbolistas mexicanos si se les diera mejores oportunidades

  34. Ana Barahona says:

    USA soccer team needs to look at many Latin players that are really good but they don't get them in USA team because they are not white with blue eyes and blond hair. They need to make a good team but get good dedicated players.

  35. Leo Rivera says:

    Un Mexicano que viene a trabajar Si Le cuita El empleo a un americano, es menos vhance para que ellos encuentren una. Daca se necesita ir. O acomodarlo pa que no viven aqui.

  36. IT'S XXXMOo YT says:

    Sign me

  37. Antonio Bautista says:

    "Chivas echo por Mexicanos" yea right.

  38. fertex Garc says:

    Tijuana quiere una rivalidad con Chivas para llamar la atención….

  39. Necho 1 says:

    Soccer sound like suckerass es Futbol

  40. belto ramos says:

    Hahahaha mexico-americanos??? Son unos pendejos vende patrias
    Solo los buscan por el bussines como dice ese tio aca los educamos pueden salir de pobres..
    porqie aya solo son unos corta pasto.
    Y llegan aca creyendo ser de la realeza

  41. Matías Sosa says:

    Quieren ir a estados unidos a robar, quien quiere ir a una liga de estados unidos?. Yo me quedaría en la liga mexicana que ya de por sí no es la mejor pero me iría a usa a robar nada mas

  42. Lidia Cerpa says:


  43. The0to1smell says:

    Adios muchachos…if it was not for the cartels everything would be diffrent ..but Mexico is beautiful..Sonora has half of my Hart..but I'm American born..and .mexican so America don't want us and Mexico don't want us ..stuck in the middle..ill stay in America is were the other half of my hart is and will go with Tijuana 101 percent ..

  44. catalino sanchez says:

    so much for the american dream lol american citizens have to leave the U.S. to succeed in life in a third world country haha

  45. Versatil Style On the Phukkin Map says:

    Chivas was founded by french people lmfao no que muy mexicanos hahaha

  46. axel Lopez says:

    Esto vale verga, si deporsi no hay oportunidad para los jovenes mexicanos con tantos extranjeros jigando en la liga mx, ahora van por pochos mal agradecidos

  47. luis renteria says:

    America it's not a country.
    America it's a continental.
    To Brazil to Alaska that America continental.

  48. Richard Holdings says:

    FYI Chivas is NOT, say I again, NOT Mexicos most popular, loved or whatever club. That would be their daddy Club America!

  49. MIGUEL RUBIO says:

    Santos el mejor club!!

  50. Friedrich Kass says:

    Lovelly and charming Mexican people!

  51. Trevor Estrada says:

    I want to live in Mexico at least once in my life

  52. Victor Chavez says:

    Wow stop with the politics man …

  53. calito2011 says:

    They had to make this political

  54. Adan Vera says:

    you do know Mexico is actually a 2nd world country.

  55. trey mo says:

    wow a team that only has Mexican players? How racist, wheres the diversity? If there was a team in America like that lefty freaks would be all over them

  56. Eze Games says:

    Omar Gonzalez is funny

  57. Rodri S says:

    You can keep omar gonzalez. That guy is a lanky liability in the back.

  58. Leroy Levett says:

    Soccer sucks .

  59. WhatTheH says:

    The English did NOT bring soccor to Mexico!

  60. Alejandro Rodriguez says:

    Now that I have a nephew that's born in the us . Just realize I hate chivas lol he can't play for them off some racist rule lol bofo still coo tho

  61. Paulo Ferrer says:

    Damn! They hot!

  62. ENZ H says:

    Leave politics out of football…US players go to Mexico because they can’t go to Europe….

  63. Lorena Ledger says:

    I hate the comment " Real Mexico" when they see a poorer area of Mexico

  64. kaziabir1 says:

    Mexicans need to stop pouring over into U.S. there are legal ways and there are way too many Mexicans already here. Live in your own country please.

  65. Yup Yup says:

    Guardian is so biased it’s so funny. There is not wall you idiot the Mexican government is so corrupt and they always play the good guy. You can’t just demand entry into a country and scream at anyone who wants to enforce laws

  66. Wizard says:

    Por que ponen la. tonalidad como si fuese un desierto, putoa

  67. Johnny Diaz says:

    It's a fk soccer dicumnentry and they make it political lmao morons

  68. Andrés Manuel Lòpez Obrador says:

    Im 20 and my dream is to play for a Mèxican team some day.

  69. gerorozco says:

    As a Mexican born coach In the United States, I love this video. I love seeing the struggle between both sides. That's what will make Mexico and USA a stronger team in the future. This will also make us a better country. We are all humans and we should love each other. My team has Mexicans, Whites, Blacks and players from Europe. I love the diversity of my team. We are a world team.

  70. gio132050 says:

    Great video! Interesting to watch! Mexican-Americans can identify.

  71. Deklan T Smith says:

    trump iq negative 100

  72. Sharon common says:

    I love Mexico and Mexicans –

  73. jc dova says:

    Excellent stories!! Omar congratulations on your success! The Pachuca executive has the coolest hair and a great attitude. Jared Borgetti was one of my favorite el tri players.

  74. estupidowario says:

    It is sad when things don't workout, like özil

  75. estupidowario says:

    Foreign folks, learn this "Que chingue a su madre el América!!" There's no better way to get into Mexican Football, 😀

  76. Bowser 1233 says:

    They should represent Mexico instead of United States

  77. Francisco Albarran says:

    i like both countries i was born in Mexico but i left Mexico when i was 17 yrs old in 1993.

  78. EDeeire says:

    Demarcus Beasley revived his career in Mexico when the MLS basically gave up on him. Worked his way back to the USMNT

  79. Evolvst says:

    US football is so shittyyy, i’m 16 and in NC and to play for Pachuca is my dream ! 😭 all time fav time and is in Hidalgo where my parents come from 🙂

  80. Gym's Server says:

    To be fair, I would rather MLS, cuz I wanna play with retired European players. Like I wanna play with Ronaldo and Rashford when they are about to retire.

  81. Br! 17 says:

    I am13 and I want to go to the professional soccer player.

  82. B. Nainggolan Channel says:

    Chivas=Mexican version of Athletic Club

  83. StevenyGabby Perez says:

    Liga MX knows MLS is coming for them even if fans dont see it yet. Basic finances of the two countries makes it obvious MLS will surpass the Mexican league now that MLS is growing in popularity.

  84. W. says:

    As long as mls has "pay to play" model they ll forever remain second class league

  85. Jorge Castillo says:

    Now I have a lot of respect for Mexican soccer.

  86. ant says:

    What's the process for this.. I want to go out to mex and try out for their teams.

  87. Mike Alvarez says:

    The MLS is very boring, not that it is uncompetitive, but it lacks soul.

  88. OKC Finest says:

    Santos Laguna 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬

  89. Virginia Cates says:

    If you dont want to be American….dont come here. Dont come just to work, or play sports. Become American, or stay home.

  90. southtxxbox says:

    OK, I'll say it…the girl on the left at 04:55 is a babe…it's not even fair how hot she is…jeez!

  91. Hayden R. says:

    America should invade Mexico and remove the drug cartel govt and rebuild it to not be a hellhole.

  92. Choice Williams says:

    stay in your country

  93. Aditya Raj says:

    Why the colour of mexico a slight yellow or dull in American Medias.

  94. leo verdusco says:

    y arriba las chivas desde Hermosillo Sonora ,que no soy wacho para irle al América

  95. Kevin Topete says:

    Jonathan Navarro can play now

  96. APJunior says:

    4:00 Verga, encontre al Paco Palencia 😂😂💀💀💀💀💀💀

  97. Blinky Montreal says:

    MLS has a long way to go

  98. Bernardo Hernandez says:

    Mexicans and Americans need each other. We really aren’t that different, the media just wants to portray us that way.

  99. matt18m18 says:

    I stopped one minute in. I wanted to watch a video about soccer, not politics.

  100. Alexander Vazquez Aguilar says:

    PURO Mexico

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