Ep. 218: CantinaMX Podcast – Mati News, El Tri v TnT & LigaMX!

Joel and Albert have another daytime podcast! We discussed the Matias to Rayados news, the Young Squad Tata headed vs TnT. We also went over the latest LigaMX news as well as the big games coming up this Saturday!

Ep. 217: CantinaMX Podcast – Boy out! Clasico Nacional!

Joel and Albert discuss the latest drama over at Chivas. The Boy firing, Tena hiring and what is needed to qualify for Liguilla. We look at latest LigaMX results and talk the upcoming Clasico.

We also look a bit at the San Jose Quakes and how Carlos Fierro is doing along with Marco Fabian in their recent game against each other.

Quakes fall to Union, An evening in San Jose!

SAN JOSE, CA: Let’s talk a little bit of MLS, mixed with some Mexican flavor. Now normally we delve into Mexican club football and the Mexican National Team. A trip to northern California, brings us to a game that involved two Mexican players on opposing teams. Marco Fabian and Carlos Fierro.

Before we get to the game, let’s talk Venue and ambience. Avaya stadium is very nice. It has a huge bar on one end line, as well as a grassy area for vendors and “puestos” for pregame festivities. The stadium is small enough to get easy access to seats but still plenty large to hold up to 18,000 fans. There is a section on the opposite end line where the San Jose Ultras are present and during this game, suspended forward, Chris Wondolowski was in attendance cheering on the team. The fans were supportive during the game, but were quieted once Philly took the 2-1 lead. But not entirely quieted. The ref, with some horrific calls, riled up the fans and they let him have it with whistles and jeering. It was an fun, controversial game with entertaining ups and downs.

As far as our fellow Mexican players, it started off with a greeting at midfield, between Carlos Fierro and Marco Fabian, during pre-game warm ups. They both got the start for their respective teams. Initially San Jose took control of the game and went on the attack. Fierro had a couple of chances during some offensive cuts into the box and even got some shots on goal, only to get them blocked by the goalkeeper. Fierro was on the right flank and was only dangerous when he was able to use his speed and get behind the defense. When that didn’t happen he was forced to cut back into the middle but his left foot is not his strong suite, which resulted in some errant passes. I thought, if only he were Carlos Vela, making those cuts and having a perfect left foot shot targeting the far post. The wrong Carlos was on the pitch for SJ. It may be worth a shot, putting Fierro on the left side every now and then. Sort of how the NT does, with Chucky and even Gio Dos Santos. That way vs a good defensive team, he can cut back and have his right foot useful for those mid range shots.

As far as Marco Fabian, he wore the #10. He started in the middle slotted a little bit back, but pushing forward when needed. You could sense he was dangerous on the field, but didn’t get the ball with enough frequency. He did get one shot on goal, but it ended up bouncing to the goalkeeper.

Aside from the two Mexicans and Wondolowski cheering with the fans, the game seemed to have been soured by poor referring. Several odd offsides calls, controversial VAR decisions and some goals/pentalty called back.

Overall, it was a fun time in Avaya Stadium. Fierro is struggling with support and confidence from the fans and most likely in himself as well. Fabian is having a fun time. Post game he met with fans, took pictures, signed jerseys and even gave away his jersey and even his shorts! A great evening of Futbol!

Ep. 216: CantinaMX Podcast – Cruz Azul Champs!

In this episode, we discuss the #LeaguesCup final where Cruz Azul beat Tigres 2-1 in Las Vegas. Our host, John Jagou, was onsite and recounts the details. We discuss the future of this cup and how it will impact Mexican soccer. We discuss the Libertadores and the desire for entry into South American competitions.

The Goalkeeper chant persists in San Antonio

San Antonio, TX, 10 September 2019: The site of the Mexico vs Argentina friendly in the Alamodome. Recent news and talk indicates that more stringent action could be taken to eradicate the P*to Chant from Mexican National Team matches. Even to the extent of suspending the match if it keeps occurring. While watching the previous Mexico friendly in New Jersey on the TV, I could faintly hear the chant. Now I was in the stadium and kept a keen ear out for the fan behavior.

The game consisted of two incidents. There may have been others, but were smaller in noise and impact. The first “grito” came and immediately after an announcement came on the big screens in the stadium, along with a vocal announcement over the PA system.

The game resumed and later on another instance where the Argentinian goalkeeper would put the ball in play, the “grito” came in loud and clear.

As perviously done, the message came on the big screen and an announcement over the PA system

This time I immediately turned around to view the Pancho Villa’s Army section. PVA has recently announced that they want no part of the chant in their membership.

As I turned around I noticed that a few fans in or around the PVA section had their hands up in the air with the pre-grito, “eeeehhhhhhhh”. Immediately after, I noticed a couple PVA members waving their fingers and telling people to stop. Perhaps some members did not get the message or they were telling other fans in the section to not perform the goalkeeper chant.

In the end, the game continued and the referee did not stop or suspend the game. It is unclear what type of instruction the refs are given in these situations.

So it looks like the chant will persist.

It was also noticed that while the PA announcement and message on the big screen appeared, the fan noise increased. It is hard to tell if this was a response of rebellion against the announcement or not.

Ep. 214: CantinaMX Podcast – US v Mex preview!

We discuss some LigaMX but since the US v Mexico game is upon us we dive into the lineups, Tata news and details of the two friendlies coming up.

We also touch a bit on the Cruz Azul news as it was breaking as we were podcasting!

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