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

Chicagoan Pepe Lozano was a staff writer with the People's World through 2014. 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 now works as a union organizer.