Hell, since I know you don't follow soccer, I was reminded of this issue that bugs me amongst many insofar as that hypocrisy concerning a very popular Mexican team, Chivas (Club Deportivo Guadalajara):
C.D. Guadalajara - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This concerns US born people of Mexican parentage or descent who have or currently do play for them:
.:: Yanks Abroad ::.SALGADO LEAVES CHIVAS OVER US U-20 TEAM
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, July 8, 2010
With the US U20 national team winding down camp in San Jose, one of the players who has most helped his cause moving forward in the current cycle is forward Omar Salgado.
Salgado's path to the joining the US U20 team is one that has required great sacrifice. Salgado has been playing within the Chivas de Guadalajara system in Mexico, which is well regarded for its policy of only employing players eligible for the Mexican national team.
When he was invited by US U20 head coach Thomas Rongen to take part in a camp for the US, it would put him directly at odds with the policy of his club. Being unable to play for both the US and for Chivas, Salgado accepted the call from the US and has permanently left Chivas. He now wants to return to the US to play.
"There was a conflict with [Chivas]," Salgado told YA. "Unfortunately we had to discuss that and I am now looking to come back to the US in MLS. I am looking for the move right now for this coming season."
With his recent departure from Chivas, Salgado has yet to talk to any US teams but his father has been helping him in this matter.
"Right now I haven't been in talks with any team personally," he said of his club status. "But my father has been in touch with some of them. He's trying to work it out."
For Salgado, his choice to represent the United States marks a change in international plans. He had been taking part in Mexican U20 camps but he insists the US has always been in top choice with Chivas previously acting as a barrier to US participation.
"I wanted to come to the US but because of Chivas, I wasn't able to," Salgado discussed. "I decided I was going to tell them anyway that I was going to come over here."
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Chivas' Ponce could have US-Mexico choice | MLSsoccer.comChivas' Ponce could have US-Mexico choice
SAN DIEGO – For years, the left-back position has been a point of contention for US National Team fans, with a number of candidates failing to lock down the vital position.
But just south of the border, a young left back is excelling at the highest levels of Latin American soccer.
Miguel Ángel Ponce, a 21-year-old native of Sacramento, Calif., has shone in his rookie year for Chivas de Guadalajara, starting in five of six of the club’s Apertura matches as well as both legs of the Copa Libertadores final.
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Ponce follows in the footsteps of Chivas USA’s Jesus Padilla, a striker whose American lineage led to great controversy for a club that had historically that accepted only Mexican citizens.
The question over Padilla’s American birth became so heated that Chivas owner Jorge Vergara had to specify that foreign-born players born to Mexican parents can feature for Guadalajara. While foreign-born players are allowed on the squad, Guadalajara maintain a long-standing rule that their players can only be Mexican National Teamers.
This rule complicates Ponce’s potential choice of national teams greatly. Should the 21-year-old decide to represent the United States, he would immediately lose his spot at Chivas, the club he has supported his entire life. For Ponce to turn his back on Guadalajara would require a lot of thought on the young man’s part.
“If the US is interested, then I haven’t noticed," Ponce said, "but Chivas de Guadalajara is a Mexican team and Mexicans have to play there. If I was to play for the US, then I can’t play for Chivas, so if they call me, then I would need to really think about what to do.”
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This policy of this popular Mexican club--that you must be Mexican citizen to play--always pissed me off. As you can see, they had to scrap over whether or not US born players of Mexican blood could play for them, and decided they would allow it so long as they were 1) dual citizens with Mexico via descent, and 2) did not choose to play international soccer for the US rather than Mexico. In short, if you want to keep your job and you are a US citizen with Mexican citizenship, you have to play for the Mexican national team. Play for the US, and you're fired immediately. If you're not a Mexican citizen, you don't even get the chance at a job.
And yet, on the flip side, Chivas has an MLS subsidiary club in the US, our own major league:
C.D. Chivas USA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chivas USA, of course, has to follow our laws about non-discriminatory hiring practices so it's made up of a myriad of USCs and lawfully admitted non-US players.