US and Mexico form ‘unity wall’ before match
THE UNITED States and Mexico national teams made a pointed statement prior to kickoff in their World Cup qualifying clash on Friday night.
Instead of posing for separate team photographs, as per convention, the two sets of players came together and mixed to form what many have interpreted as a ‘unity wall’.
The gesture follows the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States earlier this week.
During his divisive election campaign, Trump infamously pledged to build a wall along the two countries’ shared border to curb immigration from Mexico to the US.
The President-elect also promised to make Mexico pay for the erection of the wall and labelled Mexican migrants as “rapists” and “murderers”.
Trump’s rise to prominence in US politics has strained the country’s relations with Mexico, but there was little evidence of animosity between the two rivals at the Mapfre Stadium in Columbus.
The only flashpoint came in the final moments of the World Cup qualifier, which ended in a late 2-1 win for Juan Carlos Osorio’s Mexico, came when tempers flared between the US’ Christian Pulisic and Mexico’s Carlos Salcedo.