Fans in San Diego woke up early to cheer Mexico on to their 2-1 victory against South Korea Saturday.
Fans in National City were so excited that they temporarily blocked a part of Highland Avenue during their celebrations, and an MTS bus had to be rerouted.
“If you ain’t here, you’re missing out!” one fan at the Machete Beer House in National City told NBC 7. He said he thought it would still be difficult for Mexico to win the World Cup, “but it’s possible.”
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The National City pub was packed with anxious and hardcore fans Saturday morning who feasted on chilaquiles and craft beer as they watched the match play out.
Mexico earned its first win since their upset against Germany last weekend. The team scored their first goal just 26 minutes into the match against a struggling South Korea team who have now lost their opening two matches.
“I feel glorious, just the victory, so emotional,” another fan said as his elated friend attacked him with a hug. “You just feel it all over yourself – it’s just proud. We’re just so proud at the moment.” He said if you’re confident in your team anything is possible and they could make it to the final. “Viva Mexico!”
“To see everyone come together, it’s really great,” a female fan who was wearing the Mexican flag around her said.
Fred Sanchez, a Mariachi performer who had just come from a show at a restaurant said he was representing Mexico both in spirit and in attire. “Mexico has been doing great,” he added.
Mexico next plays Sweden on Wednesday.