The U.S. ambassador to Spain on Tuesday paid tribute to the Spanish national soccer team during the embassy's Fourth of July party.
In remarks before the more than 1,000 invited guests, Alan Solomont and wife Susan emphasized Spain's "historic" triumph in Sunday's 2012 European Championship final.
"Viva la Roja" (Long live the Red) the ambassador exclaimed as he displayed a red national team jersey.
The party at the embassy was attended by the president of the Madrid autonomous region, Esperanza Aguirre, and several representatives of the central government, including Jorge Moragas, chief of staff to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Also on hand was the general defense staff chief, Adm. Fernando Garcia Sanchez, and the heads of the police and the Civil Guard, Ignacio Cosido and Arsenio Fernandez de Mesa, respectively, among others.
In addition to praising the Spanish soccer squad, Solomont emphasized the excellent diplomatic relations that prevail between Spain and the United States.
The envoy acknowledged the "difficult times" through which the Spanish economy is passing, but he also expressed a message of hope for the future.
"Spain's best days are yet to come," Solomont declared in Spanish. EFE