Maybe the Mexican soccer team should keep Santiago Rios around a little longer in Moscow.
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.