In 2002, when the United States knocked Mexico out of the World Cup, Mexican President Vicente Fox tried to be reassuring but instead captured the national mood. ‘‘This won’t hobble the country,’‘ he said. ‘‘This won’t sap the energy of each and every Mexican.’‘
It did, of course, sap the energy of most of them. As one fan told the New York Times that day, ‘‘I think that the United States always has seen us as inferior and it always has tried to humiliate us … And now they’ve really gone and done it.’‘
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