It’s clear to two SEC girls that the passion of sports cannot be rivaled. Both of us attend the University of Georgia, so we know how intense grudge matches are between fans of American football. What we didn't know, however, is how tame the passion for our brand of football seems in comparison to the raw emotion of fútbol.
On May 28, we experienced the emotional journey of a soccer game as Mexico took on Paraguay at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta during the Mexican National Team U.S. Tour. But before the match started, we got the chance to share in the celebration with fans at the Fútbol Fiesta fan activation.
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Then we headed toward the front of the crowd to take our spots in some of the best seats in the house. We were so close that we didn’t even have to use the zoom on our cameras. The U.S. national anthem played over the speakers and fans all around stood with their hands over their hearts and sang along.
The next moment we realized that almost everyone in the stadium was rooting for Mexico as barely a soul joined in to sing the Paraguay national anthem. But when the first cord of the Mexico national anthem played, the entire stadium cheered before joining in to proudly sing the song of their homeland.
And with that, the game took off. The energy of the crowd never died as wave after wave of the wave continued to circle around the bleachers. Fans laughed and cheered and cried as Mexico battled Paraguay, scoring the only goal of the game in the first half. At the end of halftime, we received another surprise when we learned that the fans’ love for
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