Arizona has been facing a significant backlash from professional athletes and athletic organizations to its passage of the anti-immigrant SB-1070. The Major League Baseball Players Association called for repeal or prompt modification of the profiling law, the Phoenix Suns wore Spanish-language jerseys on Cinco de Mayo, and San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said that they may boycott the 2011 All-Star game in Phoenix. Now, two of Mexico’s top soccer teams — Club America and Pachuca — have pulled out of an exhibition match scheduled for July 7 at the University of Phoenix Stadium:
“Club America would like to inform you that due to the latest developments regarding the new immigration bill…our team will not participate in any friendly match during the preseason 2010 within the state of Arizona,” the team said in a statement it gave to the UOP Stadium and the promoter of the game, World Entertainment Sport Promotions LLC.
One of the players Arizona won’t get to see is Jose Francisco Torres of Pachuca. Torres has both Mexican and American citizenship. While he plays for the Mexican First Division, he will also be part of the U.S. team at the World Cup. “I was born in the U.S. and my dream was always to play for the U.S. national team,” said Torres.
The AP reports that MLB commissioner Bud Selig is resisting calls to move the All-Star game.