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Dual Citizen Mayra Pelayo Flexes On Home Country

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Dual citizen Mayra Pelayo scores the game winning goal against the USWNT while representing Mexico and Karina Martinez, co-founder of Drafted, tells us what to keep an eye out for the rest of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup
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Jenny. Are you into sports at all?
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What do you like to watch?
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I like to watch.
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OK. I like to watch the World Cup when it's in
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season or like when like intense soccer games are like when they're
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competing for something, not just for fun,
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you know. I like to watch baseball,
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basketball gets cool. Super Bowl has to be like,
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like, like the more 10 matches games,
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the US women's national team and Mexico played against each other earlier
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this week. Right?
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And the US women's national soccer team lost to Mexico for the
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second time in history.
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Like you can see them so happy,
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the look of defeat over here and then the happiness over here
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So women's soccer is currently in the group stages of
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the gold Cup which determines which country in the Americas has the
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top team. Although both the US and the Mexico teams are
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both moving on to the next stage.
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That clearly didn't stop either team from giving it their all
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during their most recent match.
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So Mexicans game winning gold was scored by none other than
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a player that actually used to play for the us as a
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kid. Interestingly enough,
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Mea Pallo was born in Florida,
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but her Mexican roots also allowed her to claim dual citizenship in
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Mexico. And once you reached a more senior level,
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Pelayo decided that she was gonna represent Mexico instead of the US
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And thus the seeds for this historic moment were planted.
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Did you happen to watch this game?
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I did it. And I'm so sad that I didn't even
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know about it. Just I believe that I,
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and I don't think they amplify women's soccer enough.
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Like I would have loved to watch it.
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Like I wanna, yeah,
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like I'm bummed. Same girl.
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And the worst part is they played here in L A.
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What dude, I would love to see the person I know
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Well, you know what,
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we actually have someone who went to the match and she's gonna
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get to talk to us about what happened,
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the energy. Like what that was like we'd like to
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welcome, of course,
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Karina Martinez, co,
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founder of drafted and fellow sports fanatic.
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Welcome, Carina. Hello,
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nice to be here.
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Nice to meet you.
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Nice to meet you.
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Thank you so much for joining.
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So you, you were at the game,
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right? Like what was the energy like when Pelayo scored that
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second goal? Oh my gosh.
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So from the get it was so clear that there was probably
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an overwhelming amount of Mexican fans versus United States fans,
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which I've gone to a lot of friendlies and I think this
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is the first time that I've ever seen a non us team
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have more fans in person.
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So I knew already from the get it was gonna be just
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a magnetic game. And so I think the best way to
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explain it was electric.
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I mean, I think the,
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the tension was there,
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the excitement, you know,
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they scored fairly early on.
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so it was 10 and then when Belay made that
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Clint, that game clinching win,
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I think that the crowd just erupted.
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And I think it was one of those moments where as
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a fan and I know that this is gonna be a thing
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that will go down in history for the first time.
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Not just because they won and they're making,
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you know, they're the first team to break this kind of
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long withstanding triumphs of the US.
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But I think it's a marker of how far Latin America
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and Mexico and other teams have come in the progress of women's
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sports. So, I'm so bummed that you both weren't
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there, but it sounds like we might get another opportunity later
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this week as the competition unfolds so exciting.
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And I mean, the US women's team is like,
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was the team to beat for so long?
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Oh, yeah, I mean,
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I think that's what's been exciting is I think for the longest
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time, you know,
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the United States was kind of the mark of excellence for women's
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soccer and sports. And I think now,
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like you mentioned, the World Cup really changed that,
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you know, we,
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they didn't even make it to the I think,
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semi finals and quarterfinals.
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And you had other teams like Colombia and Spain really for the
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first time making a global announcement that there is a new wave
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and a new movement in women's sports and it is just so
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exciting to see. I know that your work with drafted
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you kind of help amplify Latinas in sports,
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right? So, would you say that the landscape of
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women in sports has been changing?
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Oh my gosh. Yeah,
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I think there's a global investment.
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not just financially for women's soccer but you have,
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you know, leagues like Liga MX coming up and getting some
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incredible names coming out of those teams.
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You have ESPN and CBS are finally covering these sports live,
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which we know is important to create that next generation fan and
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be able to build,
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you know, our messi in the world,
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our lebron James. And so I think it's,
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it couldn't be a better time to be a woman athlete,
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it couldn't be a better time to be a fan of women's
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sports and it's just going to get bigger and better.
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I feel like women in sports too,
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they're so much more committed.
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Like, you know,
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like we hear about men's soccer and it's like,
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ok, cool, all dramatic.
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They'll fall like these women,
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I've been to a match myself and it's dude,
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like they hit hard like they take some serious.
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So it's about time to get the recognition they deserve for
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all of their hard work.
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Carina lastly, who are you rooting for?
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Like who should we keep an eye on?
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That's tough. So I'm Cuban and Paraguayan Cuba didn't make it
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And I think Paraguay is on their way out as
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of today. So that leaves me.
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I by default,
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I, of course,
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I've always gonna triumph for and when want the US to win
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But I think as a,
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as a Latina and somebody who just loves the progress of women's
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sports, I would love to see Colombia take the win.
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I would love to see Mexico really use this momentum and make
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their, their global stamp on the progress that they had.
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or even Brazil.
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I mean, I think they've also made big strides and so
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I'm rooting. I'm,
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I'm keeping an eye on those three teams and I'm hoping that
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one of them makes a,
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a really strong contention for the title.
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OK. We'll definitely keep an eye on them as this
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cup finals as everything continues with these.
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Thank you again,
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Karina so much for joining us.
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Where can we find out more information about what's happening in sports
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Yeah, you can find out through on social media.
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So on. We are drafted co are on tiktok through
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we are drafted where we're covering all of the stories of
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Latinas in sports and of course,
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taking a big interest right now in the,
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in the Gold Club.
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Thank you so much.
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Thank you. Thank you,
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dude. We're definitely going to have to make it to the
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next. Honestly, like I said,
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I got FOMO just hearing about it.
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I'm like, I would love to be there.
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I'm gonna look at the schedule.
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I know that you can buy these ticket.
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Hm.