World Cup fever: Yasiel Puig dons US jersey in clubhouse
LOS ANGELES — Dodgers fans are accustomed to seeing right field sensation Yasiel Puig in his customary No. 66 Dodgers jersey.
But he, just like the rest of the world, has caught a dose of World Cup fever.
Friday he walked into Dodger Stadium as the team got set to open up a six-game homestand with a U.S. Men’s Soccer National Team No. 22 kit on.
Before heading out for batting practice, Puig tweeted out a picture of him inside the Dodgers clubhouse wearing the soccer kit and thanking U.S. backup goalkeeper Nick Rimando along with sending his well wishes to U.S. soccer.
The 34-year-old Rimando, a native of the Southland, attended Montclair High School before playing for two seasons at UCLA. He’s on his first World Cup team.
The U.S. Team will open up their 2014 World Cup Monday against Ghana. In addition to Ghana, Portugal and Germany are in Group G with the USA in what has been dubbed the "Group of Death."
Cuba, meanwhile, hasn’t participated in a World Cup since 1938.
So, Puig’s allegiance, for the World Cup at least, appears to be with the Americans.