If you're wondering who Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig is rooting for during the 2014 World Cup, we may have received our answer on Friday. Puig posted a pair of photos on Twitter sporting the No. 22 jersey of U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando, which apparently was a personal gift.
— yasielpuig (@YasielPuig) June 13, 2014
How nice it must be to be Yasiel Puig.
— Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) June 13, 2014
Puig's home country of Cuba failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. In fact, Cuba hasn't participated in the tournament since 1938, when it advanced to the quarterfinals. That leaves him as a free agent in terms of a rooting interest during the World Cup, and perhaps this can be viewed as a commitment to the U.S. team.
If so, that may be a little surprising considering Puig shared a fun moment with Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo at Dodger Stadium last July. Ronaldo was on hand with his Real Madrid teammates and even threw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game. Before that, Ronaldo and Puig engaged in a little hacky sack style routine with a baseball, with Puig matching the soccer great kick for kick. Puig even presented Ronaldo with his own replica Dodgers' jersey.
Yasiel Puig presents Cristiano with his jersey: https://t.co/jX4gGsmSap
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 1, 2013
If Ronaldo reciprocated the gesture and presented Puig with a jersey, he might want to have it handy. The United States' and Portugal's paths will cross in the opening round as both are a part of Group G. They're scheduled to meet on Sunday, June 22 in Manuas, Brazil, so that could be a good day for Puig to decide his true World Cup allegiance.
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