Once a generation for American soccer fans there’s a Mexico national team star that emerges as the face of their team and thus is targeted for ridicule. For this generation, that player has to be Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.
Jermaine Jones is just like us and appreciates the rivalry. Earlier in his career, while playing against Mexico, the German-American says he once pulled the prolific striker aside at halftime of a match and told him he cries to referees too much.
"... He's always talking, like, 'Referee here! Referee here!' and I told him ... 'My small boy, come here. We have to talk.' And I told him, 'Stop always explaining.' But I think after the game was everything cool."
However, Jones does admit that Chicharito has an innate ability to toe-the-line between being annoying and being effective as a striker.
"I think anyone who knows Chicharito knows he's playing always on the line," the 35-year-old said. "And he's always, I'm not saying a dirty player, but he's always on that edge to offside."
The El Tri talisman is one of the best goal scorers in the world when he’s in top form. Perhaps Jones would be smart to just leave him be and not give him a reason to get angry and motivated.