These Honduran footballers-for-hire are playing for the Mexican Dream
After escaping violence and discrimination back home, a group of young men is building a home together in Mexico — and putting their talent to the test.
High up on the plains near Mexico’s iconic Popocatepetl Volcano, Theo, a Honduran migrant, prays before a match. He and his cousin, Misael, have been hired for one game only by a team in the local Amecameca league; they play for a small fee, with the promise of additional payment if a goal is scored. They are talacheros, footballers-for-hire in Mexico’s regional football leagues.