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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that hes optimistic the league will return to Mexico City in the years ahead. Mens Air VaporMax 2018 .Speaking with ESPNs John Sutcliffe on Mexicos NFL Live, Goodell said the league will evaluate the entire experience before making a decision.its been an incredible success so far, Goodell said prior to Monday nights game. Im optimistic well be back.Were going to get to work right away on this ... This is a priority for us. We see the passion thats happening here and the fans interest in this game continues to explode. We want to feed that. ... We want to continue that relationship and be back for more.Goodell says the NFLs plans will not be impacted by President-elect Donald Trumps previous comments on Mexicans.I dont see that changing our perspective at all, Goodell said. For us, this is about the future and continuing to grow and to reach more fans. ... This isnt about politics.For us, this is about uniting people. I think youll see fans in Mexico enjoying Americas favorite sport, football, and thats a great thing for us to all come together behind.Goodell viewed Mondays game as another attempt to grow the sport both in the U.S. and internationally.We know that we have tremendous fans around the globe and we know the Hispanic fan base is particularly interested in our game. Thats why we were so focused on getting back here, Goodell said. We feel its a great way to build the support we want within the Hispanic community. ...This is really a big moment for us. And if were successful -- and were confident we will be -- we want to do more. Air VaporMax Sale . Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee — the third operation on the knee in nine months. Womens Air VaporMax 2018 . After taking two big hits this week -- losing at home and dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season -- Indiana struck back by playing its most complete game of the year. . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- The roar of "Tahiti" from 20,000 fans was as inspiring as it was unsettling for a group of footballers who struggle to attract 100 fans to their matches usually. Never before had they played in front of such a big crowd. Never before had they even made it to an international football tournament watched by millions around the world. But this was the tiny island paradise of Tahiti, more accustomed to the isolation of the Pacific Ocean, taking on Nigeria at the Confederations Cup. The record books will show a 6-1 drubbing by Nigeria, the four-time World Cup participants ranked 31 in the FIFA rankings that have Tahiti at 138. But in the Mineirao Stadium, Tahiti not only avoided humiliation by scoring that single goal but provided moments of menace to trouble the African champions. It wasnt even the teams only professional player who scored the Tahiti goal. Jonathan Tehau headed into the net from a corner early in the second half to reduce the teams deficit to 3-1. "Its just huge," Tehau said. "Already, coming here to Brazil, and then scoring the goal, Im very happy for me, for my family, my friends and my teammates." "My first thoughts are for my family and my parents because they give me the opportunity to play football when I was a kid and today I scored," he added. The team then gave its rowing boat "Paddle" celebration its biggest audience yet, with 20,187 in the stadium, and millions watching on television including Tahitis government, which interrupted its weekly cabinet for the game. "Its not easy for us," defender Nicolas Vallar said. "We needed to be supported by all the world and all the supporters in the stadium. "Its very, very exciting to hear Tahiti, Tahiti. Its not usual because in Tahiti we usually play with 100 people and 20,000 today -- thats amazing." Even more amazing is the fact Tahiti landed among the eight teams at the 2014 World Cup warm-up event despite having just one professional player in the squad: striker Marama Vahirua "Weve shown the world theres some real quality in Tahiti," said Vahirua, who is currently at Greek club Panthrakikos. Yellow Air VaporMax 2018 Outlet. "Just our presence here is a victory and it was fantastic to be adopted by the Brazilian public." The expectations were that Tahiti would be overawed but it managed to claim the first shot on goal after just two minutes, when defender Vincent Simon struck a low effort. But a mix-up in the defence allowed Nigeria to go in front three minutes later. A shot from Uwa Echiejile from 20 yards pinged off Alvin Tehau, and took a final deflection off Nicolas Vallar which wrong-footed goalkeeper Xavier Samin as the ball landed in the net. A misplaced Tahiti pass allowed Nigeria to double its lead in the 10th, with Nnamdi Oduamadi beating two players before scoring. Oduamadi was on target again in the 26th after Samin spilled Ahmed Musas cross. Nigeria appeared to be taking the game too casually, missing a succession of chances. And although there was never any threat of anything but a Nigeria victory, Tahiti showed adventure throughout, managing five shots. The goal came in the 54th minute when Vahirua floated a corner in and Tehau rose above Efe Ambrose and headed in home at back post. "They came out to fight like lions and it was a little bit difficult to up our game when you know you are playing against them," Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said. "You think everything is easy but they showed us they can play football and ... I was worried because we had clear chances, 100 per cent chances and you need to bury the goals." But having avoided conceding again, Nigerias nerves were steadied in the 69th when goal-scorer Tehau turned the ball into his own net from Oduamadis cross. Oduamadi completed his hat trick when he turned in the ball from close range from Brown Ideyes cross and Echiejile slammed in the sixth in the 80th. "The last 15 minutes were really difficult for us physically because weve never experienced such a tough game before," Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta said. It will get even tougher. 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