Considering the U.S. team's track record in Mexico City, the U.S. commander in chief is probably making the smartest bet of all by declining to wager anything.President Barack Obama didn't reach the exalted position he's in by making poor calculations. Which goes a ways to explaining why the leader of the United States refuses to wager that the Americans can get a win against Mexico in next week's World Cup qualifying, regardless of how patriotic he might be.
"I wouldn't bet any money on it," Obama told a group of reporters on Friday when asked about the game.
The president is due to fly to Mexico on Sunday for a two-day summit with Mexican president Felipe Calderon and Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper to discuss trade, energy, climate, and security issues. No word on whether he will stick around on Wednesday afternoon for the match at Azteca Stadium.
Obama is famously a big basketball fan, but his daughters, Malia and Sacha, play soccer, and Obama has become more involved in the beautiful game in recent months. He sent a letter of support to the U.S. World Cup 2018/2022 bid committee, and last month he met with FIFA president Sepp Blatter at the White House.
"Certainly we've improved," Obama said of the U.S. team. "We almost beat Brazil."
His reference to the Confederations Cup final certainly shows he is staying up on the latest with the U.S. team, as does his refusal to elaborate on whether the success in South Africa means anything for the Mexico game. After all, the U.S. has never won against El Tri at Azteca in World Cup qualifiers.
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