As the Los Angeles Dodgers have worked their way to the top of the National League West standings, they’ve also taken an interest in the World Cup.
Among the more vocal viewers on the Dodger roster have been Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig. Gonzalez has taken to his Twitter account on multiple occasions to voice his support for Mexico and Puig joined his efforts, though by posting photos on his Instagram account.
With Mexico eliminated from the World Cup, Gonzalez and Puig are now backing the U.S., according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Gonzo, which team are we going for now?” Puig shouted.
“United States,” Gonzalez called back.
“United States,” Puig said.
As for manager Don Mattingly, he continued to express confidence in the U.S. despite their underdog status against Belgium and offered a prediction when asked how many goals they would lose by:
What?” Mattingly replied. “We’re going to win tomorrow.”
With the countries battling it out in the group play and now the knockout round, some Dodger players have held their own soccer matches in the Dodger Stadium outfield.
While the U.S. may face an uphill battle, the Dodgers used the month of June to make their climb. After falling behind the San Francisco Giants by as many as 9.5 games, the Dodgers finished the month with an 11-4 stretch.
It was a rather quiet month for Puig however, as he hit just .248 with no home runs and only five RBIs. He’s battled multiple hip injuries and acknowledged he’s playing through discomfort.
Gonzalez struggled through the first week of June, then appeared to break out of his slump as the month wore on. The Dodger first baseman has collected one RBI in seven of the Dodgers’ last 10 games.
The Dodgers were able to gain ground without consistent production from two of their biggest threats in the lineup, but they will certainly need them moving forward.
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