Morristown’s Santi good luck charm for Mexico in World Cup?

Morristown's Santiago Rios, second from left in the yellow Jersey, with Mexican team at the World Cup in Moscow, June 17, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Rios family.
Morristown's Santiago Rios, second from left in the yellow Jersey, with Mexican team at the World Cup in Moscow, June 17, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Rios family.
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Maybe the Mexican soccer team should keep Santiago Rios around a little longer in Moscow.

Santiago Rios, 10, of Morristown is heading to the FIFA World Cup in Moscow. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Santiago Rios, 10, of Morristown attended the FIFA World Cup in Moscow. The Alexander Hamilton Elementary School 4th grader won a McDonald’s contest with a video of his original soccer handshake. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The Morristown 4th grader, winner of a U.S. contest, was a player escort in ceremonies prior to Sunday’s 1-0 Mexican upset of Germany, the 2014 champion, in the opening round of the FIFA World Cup.

“Santi was ok at the game… but a little sad because he likes Germany,” said his mother, Paola Guarin, who watched on TV from Morristown.

Final scores aside, Santi and his dad, Geovanni Rios, have been “enjoying every minute” of their visit to Russia, including a tour of Moscow, Guarin said.

The 4th grader from the Alexander Hamilton Elementary School and his father had submitted a video of their original soccer handshake to win a McDonald’s contest for young Spanish-speaking fans.

Was Santi a factor in the Mexico victory?

“Yes, I think he was the lucky charm,” said the proud mom.

Santiago Rios, a 4th grader at the Alexander Hamilton Elementary School, won a contest to attend the World Cup in Moscow. He was a player escort for Mexico, before its 1-0 upset of World Champion Germany. Photo courtesy of the Rio family.
Santiago Rios, a 4th grader at the Alexander Hamilton Elementary School, won a contest to attend the World Cup in Moscow. He was a player escort for Mexico, before its 1-0 upset of World Champion Germany. Photo courtesy of the Rio family.

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