When Mexican soccer fans that I run into find out that I'm a soccer writer, two questions are commonly asked of me:
- How can I meet Memo Ochoa?
- How can I meet Cuauhtemoc Blanco?
I can't help you on the first one, at least not yet.
But the second one, well, here goes:
Blanco's set to arrive along with his Chicago Fire teammates at LAX on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on American Airlines flight 55, a nonstop from O'Hare to Los Angeles International.
I guess the last time this happened was in June when I participated in a career day event at a local elementary school (I must admit, my presentation was cooler than the mortgage broker's). I showed a picture I took next to some baby-faced, curly-haired soccer player and it drew some ooooohs and aaaahs. Then the questions began.
Incidentally, I also showed a picture of Landon Donovan to the students. Many of the non-Mexican students did not know who he was, but all the Mexican kids did.