When the United States and Mexico play next week, it will be the resumption of the most intense rivalry in CONCACAF. As the two most powerful and successful nations in CONCACAF, the two have long been rivals. But at the same time, they are also closely connected, and nowhere is this more true than along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In the lead-up to next week’s game, we are pleased to host our first ever XI Google hangout featuring two writers who have written about soccer on the border: Robert Andrew Powell, author of This Love is Not for Cowards: Soccer and Salvation in Ciudad Juarez, and Jorge Arangure, who wrote the recent longform story “The Americas’ Team: The Tijuana Xolos Bridge the Gap Between Mexico and America” for SBNation.
Robert Andrew Powell (left) and Jorge Arangure (right)
With connections growing ever stronger between the U.S. and Mexico (see, for instance, our recent interview with Marcos Garces, head of scouting for Pachuca on his team’s efforts to find players north of the border), we anticipate a fascinating discussion. Nowhere is the connection between the two countries more visible than in border cities such as Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, and in our wide-ranging discussion we will ask our guests to reflect on how next week’s game will be seen from these unique places.
We also want to engage you in this discussion. What questions do you have for Robert Andrew Powell and Jorge Arangure? Do you live in the border region? What does next week’s game — and the U.S.-Mexico rivalry in general — look like from where you sit? Please put your questions in the comments below or tweet them to us using the hashtag #XITalks.
The Google hangout will take place at 7:00pm Eastern on Sunday March 24th, part of a series of events coordinated by the Denver Post in the run-up to the next two World Cup qualifiers, and will be streamed live on the XI website. Check back closer to Sunday for more information.