Ep. 78: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Mexico vs Costa Rica preview and LigaMX talk!

This episode, we talk the upcoming Mexico world cup qualifier with Los Ticos in El Azteca. Main highlights: Mexico is treating this as an away game. Mexico should play cat and mouse game by conceding possession to counteract the inevitable Tico bunker. Azteca need not be an option with mostly Euro based call ups.

We also discuss the last LigaMX week, where Chivas continues to impress and win over members of our panel. Lavolpe even got some love and I mentioned that they should keep him and resign over the summer. Pelaez or whoever got rid of Sambu and Oswaldo Martinez should be questioned for not bringing back equivalent talented players.

Enjoy the show!

Ep. 77: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Referee strike, CopaMX and CCL Action!

Woah! This episode had some heated and argumentative discussion and it was all Juan Carlos Osorio’s fault. Luckily, here on the CantinaMX podcast, we don’t get our feelings hurt. Unlike Jesus Corono who was crying because the refs bully him and make him sad with their inults and burlas. LOL. We discuss this as well as CCL action. We neglected the CopaMX talk, probably because we were missing our resident Chivistas.

The heat came when the JCO hate came. We also had passionate discussion on the reffing situation and how they are not angels themselves. We also talked about the Brazilian criminal who got out of jail and was still able to sign with a Futebol Club!

Enjoy!

Ep. 76: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Injuries, Cards, Refs and controversy!

This was a fun episode. We had phone lines open, a couple listeners called in. We discussed the recent injuries, hard tackles and deserved discipline. Can the violence be fixed, are refs doing a poor job in protecting the players?

All the while, in CopaMX action Toluca were given 3 red cards and Pablo Aguilar from America head butted a ref. Things are getting crazy.

We also take a rare look at Europe and the UEFA CL game between Barca and PSG. Historic comeback and blah, blah. 😀

Thanks for tuning in!

Ep. 75: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Special Guest Steve Graff!

This episode we had another guest, Steve Graff! He joined us for the entire discussion as we had loads of fun talking LigaMX. We discussed the Veracruz/Tigres/Tuca sanctions and basically how corruption continues. We talked the Chivas meltdown and how Jaguares continue to play up to their competition. We also discussed the Cruz Azul loss to America. Steve mentioned he is an America fan so we played his special Aguila theme song. Ron was tearing up for his Wilas as well. We also discussed the U-20 Mexican team who loses to US but still beats El Salvador to qualify for the U-20 World Cup.

Thanks for listening!

Ep. 74: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Special Guest Jason Marquitz!

Another show, another special guest. Jason Marquitz aka @soccermexicana joined us to talk Cruz Azul and his history following the club. We talked about their current woes as well as those of Club America. Sad times, but we had some good discussion.

We had good participation in the live chat as well. Thanks to all those that participated. One topic of discussion that came up was the personal rumors and speculation of Chicharito and his break up with Lucia Villalon. I attacked Cheech, while others defended San Chicha! We also discussed Tuca’s behavior and out of line statements during the Veracruz fiasco. I was hating on all fronts and the chat group labeled our show “Primer Impacto” like. 🙂

Have a listen here, or on iTunes!

Ep. 73: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Special Guest Nate Abaurrea!

An exciting episode, this one! 😀 We had a special guest with us, Nate Abaurrea, who covers Xolos out of San Diego and does English broadcasts of Xolos games. We had some very interesting talk about Xolos, MLS in San Diego and other LigaMX items as well. We also talked about the recent announcement from Univision to broadcast English commentary of LigaMX games via Facebook. We talked about how pros and cons and how English commentary will work out and help grow the sport in the US.

It was a fun show everybody, don’t miss out!

Ep. 72: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Live Chat: Mexico v Iceland

LAS VEGAS, NV. We had a live chat episode this week. We chatted as we watched the Mexico v Iceland friendly. In a “molero” of games, Mexico had good possession throughout. Chucky played with ganas, Orbelin impressed, Gio was out of shape and Pulido scored the game winner.

We also had fellow panelists, Joel and Juan, onsite and they called in to report their thoughts on the game.

Twas a fun episode!

Ep. 71: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Dan goes to USMNT v Serbia

Our very own Dan makes his appearance at Qualcomm stadium and covers the USMNT. He provides his report on the podcast. Some rare USMNT talk on the CantinaMX podcast.

Then Chivas talk takes over, as they win in CopaMX. Drama on U-20 players is discussed and lots more. Check us out the audio on iTunes or your preferred podcasting app.

Ep. 70: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Almeyda works 2 or 3 times harder!

Matias Almeyda is praying that he can do great things with Chivas, even though he is at a disadvantage as he is restricted to only use Mexican players. Others can bring in Argentinians, Brazilians, but not Chivas. We discuss the Chivas coach’s comments and much more on another episode of CantinaMX!

Foreigners in Mexican Soccer, why?

Why is the Mexican League is full of South American players from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and other countries? Recently Matias Almeyda made some comments about this, so lets analyze and expound.

Matias Almeyda, Chivas head coach, stated what we have all heard before and what we have specifically talked about on the CantinaMX podcast. That foreign players are brought in and take the starting spots of up and coming or even established Mexican players. This in turn hurts the National team and Mexican players in general. There may be Mexican players that don’t get a chance and get passed up from making it big in Mexico and even ending up abroad.

Almeyda faults the Foreign coaches in Mexico that are hired instead of Mexican coaches, who in turn look to bring in foreign talent.

A great example is just recently Club America brought in a 19 year old Costa Rican player, Gerson Torres. Is he a big name? An impact player that will change America for the positive? Many may not even have heard of him. Could a Mexican player have been given a chance? Possibly.

When I think of America, I think of big signings. They could be South American or Central American, but big names, who would start and be expected to score goals and even win titles. The supporting players can be Mexican, with a few star Mexican players as well. No need to flood Mexico with subpar foreigners, when there are plenty of Mexican players already that need the chance to play so they can break out and hopefully do good things.

Why does Mexico go for foreign coaches and then players?

So this is the question. I believe that the mindset in Mexico, is that of looking at history and World Football. Argentina, Brazil and CONMEBOL as a whole is a powerhouse. They have won World Cup titles, there are coaches out of these countries who are highly praised. If one is to learn soccer and how to improve, we must emulate and follow these countries. Mexico has done this. Fans emulate and copy Argentina fan chants and songs. Mexico execs, see this as well and try to bring in the biggest names from South America as they can. If it were easier to get European coaches or players, that would be the same case. A flood of Europeans would be welcomed to help improve our Mexican soccer.

Take Andre-Pierre Gignac for example. He is beloved and brought titles to Tigres. Mexican’s name their kids after him. Tigres went further and brought in fellow frenchman, Andy Delort, into Tigres.

The point is clubs are out to win and confidence is held in foreigners and not the Mexican. Foreigners from Argentina and Brazil know how to win in soccer and have loads of good players. Mexico has won nothing. Mexicans are just barely breaking into Europe on a larger scale.

Take even the press for example. We have the wanna-be Spaniard heading up shows like Futbol Picante and cracking jokes on the other panelists. One of the biggest targets and butt of jokes is Hector Huerta, if you have ever watched the show.

In summary, there is a mindset in Mexico that has to be overcome. The Mexican player has to overcome and play through these obstacles. Chivas is a huge part of it. Chicharito broke through via Chivas and may not have in another club where foreigners were in place.

Hopefully some rule changes can help push this change along. The National team may depend on it after this “golden generation” passes.

 

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