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Mexico 1, Panama 2: “three strikes, you’re out”

Panama smashed Mexico’s hopes twice in one cup (USA Today)

 

Mexico was at one of its top peaks in recent history at the finish of 2012. Still toting the well deserved Gold medal, the boys in green were walking tall. The future was bright; continue demolishing the region in WCQ, and finish it off with some pizazz during the two upcoming tournaments.

However, after a disastrous start to WCQ and flop out of the Confederations, the Gold cup was supposed to be the last chance to cleanse ourselves of this summer of hell.

The tournament kicked off just as bad as we could have imagined. First, beaten in a Mexican backed Rose Bowl by our Panamanian foes. Followed by two victories which, in short, were snoozers.

After sneaking past Trinidad in the quarterfinals, it almost (keyword) looked as if Mexico would finally wake up to take on Panama for a revenge date. Yet again, Chepo de la Torre did anything but lead this team into the semifinals.

Not only did the game start off identical to the first game, but Chepo still didn’t budge on the changes needed. The two striker failure continued; Rafa Marquez Lugo was slow, lethargic, and looked lost. Chepo started him knowing full blown that he hasn’t scored, or caused any problem for opponents.

Mexico had a mix up on a set piece early in the second half and it was the nail in the almost inevitable coffin. Mexico couldn’t find the second goal…close, but even if they scored, Panama was the much more hungry side.

Mexico is leaving the Gold cup in complete disappointment. As two time reigning champs, the semifinal bow out is the cherry on the top of this summer of failure. The players do not trust Chepo, the tactics look off, and the brakes have given out on this ride. We have seen where it goes from here.

Unfortunately, Mexico fans (like myself) will most likely not get our wish. There will be little chances of a coaching change. There are a plethora of excuses the FMF will use. Injuries, out of form players, not the most crucial of tournaments etc. Are they valid? To an extent. But looking back on this cup, it was predictable.

But is it really hard to see?

  • WCQ
  • Confederations cup
  • Gold cup

Not one, not two, but three major failures.

That’s three Chepo…you’re out.

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Quick El Tri headlines: June 25, 2013

JDS may be on the move to a new club. Belgium? Italy? (Getty)

 

  • Chicharito was able to reach 35 total goals for Mexico after his three in the Confederations cup run. He is now only 11 goals behind leader Jared Borgetti.
  • Mexico’s U-20 fell to Greece after a late goal for a final of 1-2. Mexico will need to recuperate quickly as they face Paraguay in a crucial match on June 25h. The game will start at 11:00 A.M. ET.
  • It appears Chepo will remain Mexico’s coach until the Autumn. Apparently there is a must win ultimatum against Honduras. If unsuccessful  it will leave Mexico without a coach just days before playing the USA in Columbus.
  • The Dos Santos brothers have Euro clubs eyeing them. For Jonathan, Anderlecht in Belgium, and Fiorentina are two major names. As for Giovani, Valencia may be a possible destination out of second division Spain with Mallorca.
  • Mexico will be headed to the Gold cup in just two weeks. Their first match will be against Panama at the Rose Bowl (July 7). Be sure to check Pancho Villa’s Army to see if there is a watch-party near you!
  • Due to injury, Hugo Ayala and Fernando Arce will miss the Gold cup.

Vamos México!

Quick El Tri headlines: April 8, 2013

With his current form with PUMAS, Javier Cortes deserves a call for the Peru friendly (Getty)

 

 

  • Copa Libertadores update: Club Tijuana continues their run by advancing out of group stages. They collected a draw on the road against San José of Bolivia. Toluca had a very poor showing in this years cup. They were routed 4-0 by Uruguay’s Nacional. Toluca will not advance, claiming third in their group.
  • Both Monterrey and Santos both won their CONCACAF Champions league games. Santos got a 1-0 victory over Seattle on the road, with a late goal by Herculez Gomez. Monterrey came back to beat the LA Galaxy with a final of 2-1. Goals came from Chupete Suazo and Aldo de Nigris. Santos Laguna will return home to play Seattle on April 9th for the second leg of the semifinals. Monterrey will play LA at home in Mexico on April 10th.
  • Chivas youngsters and Mexican nationals Marco Fabián and Chaton Enriquez suffered injuries during last weeks match against Club América. Fabián was taken off with an ankle injury, and should be out for 2-3 weeks. Chaton suffered an ugly knee dislocation. Thankfully no serious damage was done, and he may be able to return within a month.
  • Mexico will face Peru on April 17 in a Non-FIFA date friendly. All players called will be from Liga MX. We will give you the roster call ups once they are released for the game. Who do you think deserves a a spot against Peru?
  • The CONCACAF has decided to change the format of the Gold cup. Now the winner of the 2013 and 2015 versions will have a playoff to see who will represent the region in the 2017 Confederations cup (Russia).
  • Mexico’s U-17 opened World cup qualification with a monstrous 5-1 drubbing of Cuba. Mexico is in group D with Cuba and Honduras. Their next match will be on April 11against the Hondurans.
  • Lastly, our friends at Pancho Villa’s army continue to make strides in fan networking. Many chapters/veiwing parties have already been set up around the country. A Los Angeles chapter in currently in the works. You can follow PVA on facebook at www.facebook.com/PanchoVillasArmy and on twitter @VillasArmy.

Vamos Mexico!

What Mexico can prove at the Gold cup

Pulido could be a great addition to the Gold cup side (Getty)

 

This summer will give us another edition of the CONCACAF Gold cup, and Mexico will do its best to regain the regional crown. Granted, there isn’t much reward for winning (as the 2011 edition was for a Confederations cup birth) other than bragging rights. However, Mexico has an opportunity to do things many critics may say they are unable to do/show.

The domestic league players can compete with any regional foe: 

In 2012, Mexico won its first Gold ever at the Olympics…and not a single player on the pitch played with a club in Europe. Of course, Brazil is a much more difficult squad than your average CONCACAF side, it does not mean that there isn’t going to be a lot of pressure on the Gold cup squad. Many, if not most players for Mexico will be from Liga MX, and just like in London, they can show that the league produces a tough group of players.

The younger players don’t need backup:

This is a great opportunity to get some of the younger players exposure (who won’t be in the Confederations cup), but Mexico will be looking to demonstrate it can win without the big-guns. There is almost no chance of Chicharito or Gio heading into this cup, and the younger players will be hungry to show they can keep the rhythm going. If we look back at the Copa América roster, they were filled with predominantly U-22 players (after suspensions), and only lost their games by one goal each. This was even against the eventual champions Uruguay. Imagine what Mexico can do with boosted confidence, coaching, and will to win.

Mexico has more than one competitive squad:

Best of all, Mexico will be able to show it can fill multiple rosters. We are heading into a new era of Mexico fútbol, and the Gold cup is a perfect opportunity to wake up the doubters. The depth that is evolving isn’t just hype…it is reality. I am confident that Mexico will send out a completely new squad this summer and claim a major result against the CONCACAF rivals. 2011 may have been a little pre-mature to say we could check this wish off the list at the Copa América, but two years was all the time we needed.

Vamos Mexico!

Off topic: Projecting Mexico’s 2013 Gold cup squad

The Gold cup could be a great time for Davila to show his talents (Reuters)

 

2013 will be a crazy year for Mexico. From Hexagonal matches, Gold cup, to the Confederations cup. El Tri will have a lot on its plate. Many fans may not even be thinking about the Gold cup, but it can be a great time to try out some up and comers for Mexico. Here is a prediction for how the roster could look like…

Goalkeepers: Talavera, Michel, Jose Antonio Rodriguez

Defenders: Joel Huiqui, Darvin Chavez, Vidrio, Diego Reyes, Nestor Araujo, Miguel Ponce, Hugo Rodriguez, Efrain Velarde

Midfielders: David Cabrera, Ulises Davila, Javier Cortes, Carlos Salcido, Christian Bermudez, Edgar Andrade, Manuel Viniegra, Daniel Ludueña

Forwards: Aldo de Nigris, Alan Pulido, Edson Rivera

There are a lot of young names I am predicting for this roster. I think many who participated in the Olympic qualifying tournament will be on the team for the Gold cup. Many might be a little shocked to see Ludueña on the roster, as he is Argentinian born (and never played internationally). However, he could add experience to Mexico, and has shown interest in being capped as a Mexican. In addition, I feel Corona, Ochoa, and Orozco will be in Brazil, so Talavera could be a great addition as keeper.

How do you all like this prediction? It is a little hard to make a roster like this, because many names could pop up as favorites for the Confederations cup over night. Although, this is a solid roster to defend the reign as Gold cup champions.

Vamos Mexico!