Mexico soccer fans from across the Metroplex rejoiced twice on Sunday as they celebrated Father's Day and Mexico’s first victory in the 2018 World Cup.
“We won and it was very nice, this gift they gave to us,” said Juan de la Rosa in Spanish. De la Rosa and his family joined more than one hundred Mexico soccer fans at La Gran Plaza in south Fort Worth for a free watch party of the match against Germany.
The De la Rosa family sat in the front row, wearing matching Mexico team jerseys. Like many other fans, they were on the edge of their seats during the game. Live mariachi music and dozens of Mexican flags waved across the plaza, celebrating the team's 1-0 victory.
“Viva México,” (Long Live Mexico) the family chanted as they celebrated the team’s win and what De la Rosa considered his Father’s Day present.
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"This is the third World Cup that La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth hosts, but it’s the first time Mexico plays on Father’s Day, adding another reason to celebrate," said Miguel Calera, Marketing Director for La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth.
Yet, this celebration had a far bigger meaning for some soccer fans and dads who were present.
Jose Montenegro and his wife took their 18-month-old son to watch the highly anticipated game, introducing him to what Montenegro calls a cultural tradition.
“I brought my son here so he could watch the game and so we can continue with our people's traditions,” he said, as he held his son in his arms. “Our tradition is to always watch every game,” he said in Spanish.
La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth will stream Mexico’s next match against South Korea on Saturday, June 23.