The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is underway, and you know some of the players who are wearing red, white and blue—Hope Solo, Tobin Heath, Sydney Leroux, et al. But do you know the footballer who once wore orange and blue, who made this tackle on Alex Morgan in league play last year?

One of two things will happen . . .

That’s Bianca Sierra, who plays professionally for the Boston Breakers, and is a defender for the Mexican Women’s National Team. She is the first ever Auburn Tiger to compete in the World Cup. Sierra was a substitute, and did not appear, in Mexico’s first game of group play, a 1–1 draw against Columbia. With Sierra on the field, they would’ve won.

Sierra played 85 games for Auburn. She scored five goals, and registered seven assists. She was the starting center back for Auburn’s 2011 SEC tournament championship team.

Auburn’s first World Cup representative isn’t the only Tiger to play for Mexico. Recent graduate Ashley Kotero—also a member of the 2011 SEC championship team, and an intergral part of Auburn’s 2014 NCAA tournament team—played for the U20 Mexican National Team at the 2010 CONCACAF Championships and the U-20 World Cup. Even more recently, Kotero has been working with Auburn Athletics Media Relations. You may have seen her getting the scoop at Auburn football practices.

Such a better interaction with Jonathan Jones than I can claim.

Now, these connections to the Mexican National Team raise a question (or do they?). They’re not in the same group; so they may not play each other. But, what if the U.S. faces Mexico—with an Auburn Tiger on the roster—in the 2015 World Cup? For whom will you cheer?

A treasonous question, perhaps. But, remember—we’re talking World Cup, not a war. My loyalty to country is deep; so is my loyalty to alma mater. My connection to Auburn Athletics—any sport—is stronger than my connection to U.S. Women’s Soccer. If two teams are competing, and I don’t have a strong connection to either team, but one of them has an Auburn Tiger . . .

I guess I crossed this line several years ago, cheering for Auburn swimmers in the Olympics.

Report me to the authorities if your conscious so compels. Let’s hear from the People.

Now, if you think you voted like a patriot, take a look at this.

Regardless, Mexico plays England Saturday on Fox at 3:00 CT. Let freedom ring, and War Eagle!

**UPDATE** Yes! Sierra is in the starting lineup for today’s game!

War Eagle!

**POST-GAME UPDATE**

Sierra started the game, but was replaced at halftime. The score was 0–0 when the second half began. But, without their Tiger on the back line, Mexico gave up two goals before scoring just one of their own very late in the game. Sometimes we have to learn lessons the hard way. I hope Leonardo Cuellar learned one today. If you’re fortunate enough to have an Auburn Tiger on your team, you better keep her on the field!

Mexico’s final game of group play is Wednesday, against France. I hope we see Bianca Sierra shutting down the French for 90+ minutes. War Eagle and Vamos Mexico!