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Premier League passion in the US: Hector's story

22 Oct 2020
PLUSA, Hector

A proud Mexican from Milwaukee explains his shared passion for Chelsea and his country of birth

This season, the Premier League's US Instagram account, @PLinUSA, has been highlighting the passionate, diverse PL fandom from coast to coast.

Meet Hector, a Milwaukee educator whose passion for Chelsea is only matched by his love for the Mexican national team.

Hector

"I bleed blue, green, white and red. I have an English beer in the morning and a Mexican beer at night.

"My Chelsea fandom started when I was eight-and-a-half years old. The one image that always comes to my mind is John Terry lifting the Premier League trophy after so long. That really stuck in my mind.

"My favorite players are him, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech and Eden Hazard.


"I was born in Mexico in '95, and I'm actually a 'Dreamer', living in the US for the last 25 years.

PLUSA, Hector

"My parents have taught me everything you need to know about Mexican heritage, and I've been following the national team for a long time.

"It doesn't make any sense to me to not support your national team and your club team. The greatest memories I have are with my club and with Mexico.

"I'm pictured here at the old Nomad Nacional pop-up in Milwaukee, and I have so many memories in this parking lot watching the World Cup.

"I cried here after Mexico beat Germany and that's tied for my greatest memory ever, with Chelsea winning the Champions League.

Bittersweet moment

"Seeing Mexican players in the league, it's great to see too, even if it's not for my team.

"Chicharito was the first Mexican to play for Manchester United, but it was so bittersweet to see him score against Chelsea.

"A part of me was like, 'Yes, great job,' and another part was like, 'Man, why you gotta do this to me?'

"Raul Jimenez, too. I definitely root for him. He's scored a couple against Chelsea and it's like I get to feel spoiled no matter what.

"Football is more than a sport for me, it's a way of life."

Also in this series

Part 1: Max, Chicago, IL (LIV)
Part 2: Aaron, Portland, OR (EVE)
Part 4: Pamela, Atlanta, GA (LEI)
Part 5: Mel, New York City, NY (ARS)
Part 6: Valeria, Los Angeles, CA (MUN)
Part 7: Claudio, New York, NY (EVE)
Part 8: Rafael, Indiana (WOL)
Part 9: Scott, New York, NY (LEE)

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