CHICAGO – Pavel Pardo, soccer legend from Mexico, who helped the North American team qualify for this year’s World Cup, joined hundreds of Mexico fans at a viewing party here June 11. On opening day of the world’s most popular tournament, Mexico competed against South Africa in the much-anticipated Game One of the 2010 World Cup, which is being hosted in South Africa. In Chicago Chi-Town Futbol, a large indoor soccer gym located in the predominantly Mexican community of Pilsen on the city’s southwest side, hosted the viewing party. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Pardo played in the 2006 games and is an active player with Club America in Mexico City.


Pepe Lozano
Pepe Lozano

Pepe Lozano is a Chicago native and has been a writer with the People's World since 2005. He comes from an activist family and has lived on the city's southwest side in a predominantly Mexican American community his whole life. Lozano covers a range of daily local and national stories, mostly in the Chicago area, having to do with progressive political campaigns, workers and immigrant rights, youth and student struggles, as well as the fight for affordable health care and other social justice initiatives and grass-roots people's movements. Lozano also frequently writes about people's culture, such as sports, music, films and entertainment. He's also a big Chicago White Sox, Bulls and Bears fan.