Reid: US World Cup roster reflects diversity of America

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wished the U.S. soccer team the best Monday, ahead of their first game in the 2014 World Cup, which will be against Ghana.

Reid said he enjoys watching soccer partially because there are fewer commercial breaks, but also because it reflects the diversity within the United States.

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“Our country is a melting pot and you can see that in our athletes, soccer in particular,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “The roster is the reflection of America itself. It is diversity, yet unity. 

“We are after all a nation of immigrants.”

Senate Democrats have been pushing Republican House leaders to take up comprehensive immigration reform legislation. 

The Senate passed a bill last year that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States, increase the number of student and worker visas, and spends more on border security measures. The House has refused to consider the bill.

At 6 p.m. on Monday, the U.S. team will take on Ghana in the first round of matches.

“I wish our team all the best against Ghana,” Reid said. “Americans of all background will watch and cheer for team USA. … I think we see a bit of ourselves in the team.”