He has gone a long way from being a Manchester City cone-setter to coaching Mexico’s national team.Newly minted coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, fresh off a weekend of seeing a handful of Liga MX games, has jetted of to the Old Country to have a chat with the players who will likely form the Tri’s base as they take the field in a game that really matters next month. Mexico will open Russia 2018 qualification with a home game vs El Salvador before traveling to San Pedro Sula a few days later.
This episode was a big one. Full of good info and discussion. Probably the most highlighted tidbit was the discussion on the huge trend that Europe is the place to be for Mexican players to improve and thrive. A point was given that this is not necessarily the case. What is your take? Is Porto an ideal destination, or should players instead stay in Mexico.
This discussion stemmed from the comments Juan Carlos Osorio made about Mexican coaches being comfortable at home and not coaching/learning abroad.
We also discuss LigaMX/CopaMX, and the U17 World Cup and Mexico’s participation.
We even were read from a book a few sentences talking about player athleticism. Very informative stuff for all you footbal junkies.
Have a listen below and on itunes!
Disappointing draw for Mexico against Joeys
Mexico’s encore performance much more sobering for squad, coach, and fans. With the draw Mexico has virtually guaranteed control of their own destiny, a possible rematch of the 2013 U17 looms large.
The Mexican coach Arteaga remarked “Australia knew our style of play and how to stop us.” Hoping to outflank them, he made 3 critical changes which appeared to deliver in the opening minutes. The first was swapping winger Magaña with central midfielder Lopez. The second was swapping the backline of 3, which hand seen off the Argentine strikers, to a backline of 4 where the Mexican backs seemed less comfortable. The third, and which allowed the squad down under to approximate Mexico’s possession of the ball advantage, final tally of 48% to Mexico’s 52%, in allowing the Mexican squad to be stretched vertically.
Mario Arteaga might be questioning his adjustments to this game as having the Mexican defense sitting in their own half of the field while punting 50/50 balls to striker Aguirre against 3 defenders led to Australia enjoying more possession with plenty of time and space to pick out a pass. The success against Argentina was in part due to the advancing of lines allowing quick combinations and rotating of positions, Total Futbol with a jalapeño flavor.
With 20 goal attempts, and 0 goals to show for it, there is no question the Mexican strikers will be wondering if they’d be able to hit the side of el burro on this day. Their best chance coming in the first half as the striker Aguirre hit the goalpost. Arteaga commented, “we were unlucky in the first half, when we had good chances.”
Unlucky in the first half and superb keeping in the second half. The Australians might be wondering if the Mexicans had Superman or Abraham Coronero, LA Galaxy Academy Prospect, under the sticks. As he snuffed out their best chance of the night off a direct free kick. Earning himself a fan in Australian coach Vidmar, “the Mexican goalkeeper had a remarkable match.”
The Australian squad may still qualify and relished the opportunity to face an Argentine squad that is down and probably out, “We kept our options of qualifying open and now it’s in our hands.” Australia will be looking to keep the number of cards they draw to a minimum as FIFA has introduced a Fair Play Points system, which serves as a tiebreaker, for advancing into the knockout stages.
Noting that the light is not out, door has not closed, jello has not jiggled and the butter isn’t hard, Arteaga offered these final thoughts “in the end, it’s a fair result, and it’s not bad because we have one more point.” Not bad. Not good either, if they continue playing poorly.
The proposed Copa América Centenario, to be hosted in the United States, is looking for a new rights holder after football’s governing bodies for South America and for North and Central America and the Caribbean announced they have ended their relationships with the marketing company Datisa.
CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American Soccer, announced that Argentine company Datisa no longer will be involved in distributing sponsorship or broadcasting rights for the tournament.
According to ESPNFC one of U.S. Soccer’s conditions to hosting the tournament was the removal of Datisa from the tournament, a process complicated by the fact that some sponsors and media rights already had been sold with Coca-Cola and Mexican TV giant Televisa.
Concacaf said it will select new partners to sell the commercial rights along with Conmebol and local operating partners, who Concacaf did not identify. Concacaf also said the new partners will be selected in a “new and transparent process.” It did not announce any details of the process.
It’s turning out to be a good year for Mexican striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez who recently bagged a brace in Leverkusen’s 4-4 draw against Roma in the UEFA Champions League to reach 101 career goals.
Hernandez, who began his career at Chivas Guadalajara, scored 29 goals with the ‘Goats.’ The Little Pea then crossed the pond to play at Manchester United where he managed to score on 59 occasions. Last season whilst on loan with Real Madrid ‘Chicha’ managed to score 9 times despite limited playing time.
Since joining Leverkusen, this summer, Hernandez has already registered 4 goals with the German club: 1 in Bundesliga and 3 more in Champions League action. Hernandez, who has bagged 42 goals with Mexico, is four goals away from becoming the national team’s all-time goal scorer.
I wonder if Rob Schneider knows that Tigres will be playing tomorrow in the CONCACAF Champions league vs Herediano. Either way, Rob is a Tigres fan and wears the jersey proudly.
However, this reminds me of the quote from the movie, My big fat Greek Wedding:
The man is the head, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants.
Rob’s wife is Mexican so this is most likely the case here. This brings up an interesting topic of why are people choose to be fans of teams? Usually you would think of fans being from the city of the team, but this is not always the case. Now days, you can probably hear the term “plastics”, or fake fans, or fans because a team increases in popularity.
This is an interesting, because some say you can’t be a fan if you are not from that city and live there. Yet in Mexico and in the US, you will see many people with Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid or even Messi/Argentina jerseys, who may not have even stepped foot in the cities or countries of these teams.
If you are familiar with this blog and myself personally, you already know I went to the US vs Mexico game in Pasadena, rooting for El Tri. I posted a video documenting the experience here. I have also been to US vs Mexico games in Houston and San Antonio. The San Antonio game, I was able to hangout with Pancho Villas Army, a US based supporters group of Mexico fans.
So why do I, A US Citizen, root for Mexico? First some background. I was born in the US, my parents(both born in Mexico) taught us little Spanish and I grew up in Northern Florida, far from any “raza” to learn the culture or language from. I then spent 2 years in Mexico on a Mormon Mission. I struggled but fairly quickly learned the language. I loved the people, who I identified with, because of my heritage. I loved the food and made good friends. I dived straight into everything about Mexico. I would rarely speak English with even companions who were American.
Now before these 2 years in Mexico, I had played soccer all my life. I lived in an area that was all about American Football, specifically College Football: Alabama, Auburn, FSU, Florida, and the Miami Hurricanes. Our High School soccer coach was actually the football coach and knew little about the beautiful game. I quickly learned that we were playing “kick and run” soccer. Technical skills were lacking and for many players on our team, it was their first time playing soccer. It was a contrast to my time in Mexico where we played soccer in the streets with kids or where Church buildings, instead of basketball courts had mini cement soccer courts. The love for the game was instantly evident in Mexico and a huge difference from how it was in the States.
In the US I grew up with Frank Rikard and Van Basten posters on my wall. Roberto Baggio was one of my favorite players. Then I watched the Mexican National Team in the 94 World Cup and my love for team grew. Campos was exciting, but all this was just a flicker in my motivation for Mexican fandome. My focus during the 94 World Cup was still on the bigger teams. Fast forward to 2002, I was then married to a Veracruzana, and working for the US Air Force. I love my country, that is the US, and served it proudly. I was working in Hawaii and saw announcements at bars for the World Cup games. I began watching games and then saw a big promo for the US vs Mexico game. I was following the Mexico games, partly because there were no big following for the US games or Soccer in general. I arrived at a restaurant to watch the game along with Mexico fans. Mexicans in Hawaii, wow, thats impressive. Of course the result was a sad one, but that is where my in-depth love for the Mexican National Team and fanatazism with soccer began. I began to follow the Mexican club league, MLS, and European leagues. I took a liking to Pumas, as some of my cousins went to school at UNAM. I enjoyed Tigres as some family is also from Monterrey. Veracruz got left out in the cold, because they are just too bad. LOL.
So to get to the point, my love for the Mexican National team is not one of patriotic loyalty, or politics, but it is about the culture of Mexico, the love of the game. Its because kids grow up playing soccer in the streets or dirt fields, and not any other sport. It’s the passion of the Mexican fans. A big part as well, is the technical style of play, which is a big contrast to the “kick and run” style of soccer that I grew up playing in the US.
In Pasadena I heard a Mexican-American fan in a US jersey say, “I don’t wear a Mexico jersey, because Mexico hasn’t given me anything”. To me that has nothing to do with my reasons for supporting Mexican soccer. For me there is a seperation between sport and politics. I do not love something because it benefits me monetarily or because I think it should owe me anything. I support Mexico in soccer because it is part of my heritage, because the fans are passionate and united in its love for Futbol, and finally because I enjoy the way the game is played as opposed to the US game. The US is the country of my birth, Mexico is the country of my heritage. I would not be a fan of any other country’s team, but between the US and Mexico, my path has taken me to be a El Tri fan for life.