June 27, 2011
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Arlington, VA – Dave Louden, executive director for ProEnglish, the nation’s leading advocate for official English released the following statement regarding Sunday’s Gold Cup Soccer match between Team USA and Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
“It’s bad enough that in our own country, the crowd at a Gold Cup Soccer match isn’t cheering for the home team, but having the public awards ceremony in Spanish, a foreign language, is just plain disrespectful and offensive. USA goalie Tim Howard said, ‘I think it was an [expletive] disgrace that the entire post-match ceremony was held in Spanish. You can bet your [expletive] if we were in Mexico City it wouldn’t all be in English.’ This is America, and we proudly speak English!”
“Congratulations to Team USA for persevering in a hostile environment in your home country. Despite this humiliating event at the conclusion of the match, America is proud of you.”