Chivas is the greatest! Fuera Nacho! Why am I YELLING?!

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 2.40.01 PMAmerica loses 3-0 to Chivas in the Clasico Nacional. Chivas brings Alan Pulido to the Sacred Herd. Chivas is going to win it all right? LigaMX champs, CopaMX champs, then maybe a CCL or Libertadores? This is the super team in Mexico right now.

As far as America, well, they are in a crisis. Nacho Ambriz is getting upset with reporters, saying he will quit if he doesn’t get a title this year. Fans outside Coapa are protesting and yelling, “Fuera Ambriz”. America is going down hill right?

Calm down a second, big fella. Didn’t Chivas just lose a few weeks ago 4-0 to Xolos? Wasn’t America favored by many to win the Clasico Nacional because of their tremendous individual talent. All of a sudden all this changed? I don’t think so!

Let’s look at the Clasico Nacional. Chivas came out running like crazy, hustling to gain posession and go on the attack. Their movements worked out perfectly against America. Their passing was probably the best they have had all season. Everything worked out, every 50/50 ball, every deflection was in favor of Chivas. This game definitely went Chivas’ way, but would that always be the case. Are they now expected to win their next 5 games in a row? How long until they come back to reality, even with Pulido?

I would go as far to say, the Chivas win was a glitch in the Matrix. An Anomaly. America has the talent to do better, Chivas has been underperforming and supposedly doesn’t have any goal scoring strikers. People are surprised and worried that the National team has to now call the likes of Chivas striker, Saldivar. My question is, who would win in a 7 game series between Chivas and America. Sure that is far fetched, but in the NBA this is done to determine a true winner, that can not just win a fluke game, but endure a series of competitions.

If this were to take place, I would have to say that America wins a best of 7.

Point of this post is that we need to calm our britches. Be measured in our analysis of these results. There are still games to be played and lost or won.

I understand it is hard, when you have people like Vergara saying that Chivas is now rounding out to be the best team in Mexico. Calm down Jorge!

Ep. 44: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – The Kool-aid edition

Pachuca Kool AidHere we are talking about some Pachuca youth system and their fantastic facilities, then the Americanista on the panel (aka Rony) comes in and interrupts the conversation. A big discussion ensues about if nice facilities are more beneficial than a bigger club such as Chivas or America but with perhaps lesser facilities. Some heated statements ensue.

It was a fun old time.

Ep. 41: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – ChivasTV fail, USMNT/Jurgen possession, Messi failure and Copa America.

#ChivasTVA bloody good time on the Dos A Zero podcast mates. Ragging on ChivasTV streaming failure and high prices was fun. Guadalajara sound clips were in effect. We also had fun discussing Messi and his emotional retirement announcement, right after missing a penalty and losing the Copa America final. Next time he may want to take a few days to clear his mind and think about his decision. Emotional Messi is emotional.

We also talk about the USMNT/Jurgen’s response to Fernando Regino’s question on possession tactics. We have talked previously about the “cat and mouse” game of giving the opponent possession and luring them to bring lines forward, with the purpose of releasing a lethal counter attack. This is apparently not what Jurgen’s intention was, during the Copa. Everyone wants to have possession, and a great first touch. 😀

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Brandy, Cigars, Gio, Chivas, and Liga MX Semis

It is time for another edition of the gentlemen’s agreement.  In this installment soccerchronicle.com ‘s John Jagou and futmexsource.com ista Joel Aceves hash out the Gio mess, Chivas’ new media leap, and the Liga MX semifinals.

John Jagou:  I was very surprised that Gio did not make Copa America. I am not surprised that FMF bungled the whole thing up. One day these guys will get their stories straight.
Joel Aceves:  I am also surprised Gio was left out not only becaause of well he has been playing with the Galaxy, but also what he means to the national team. Still, there is hope that he gets capped for the Olympics.
 
JJ:  It used to be for years, decades even, that Mexico did not have the depth to omit players of Gio’s quality. Mexico does have quite a bit of depth now, which is why Osorio can live without Gio for now. He has Tecatito and Chucky.  The guy who was expendable was Jurgen Damm.  Damm is fast, talented, but he is no Gio. Not having Gio on the team will now rachet up the pressure on Osorio. If the expectation of making the semifinals is not met, the press will crucify Osorio for this decision.  But they will crucify him for any and all missteps.
JA:  It reminds me of Bora’s second run with the national team in the late 90s. He was criticized for not calling Carlos Hermosillo. Good ol Velibor would then piss off the press by saying he respected their opinions. Knowing FMF there’s a number of reasons why Hermosillo was sidelined and even after Manuel Lapuente replaced Bora, el Grandote de Cerro Azul remained absent from the Tricolor.
With Gio I get the feeling there’s a question of sponsorship behind Osorio’s announcement that the reasons for Gio being left out will remain between them.
 
JJ:  The worst part is how many people believe the coach when Gio said he had declined. Then said it would be unethical for me to talk about the reasons. WTF
 
JA: My take is that FMF has stipulation with TRI sponsors that require Gio to be present in big games-events. And Osorio leaving him out, in my own opinion based on tactical reasons, causes a problem that is easily resolved by claiming the player asked to be left out.
 
JJ:  The worst part of the whole thing was Gio making press junket appearances without his people having any idea that the list was being released in the middle of said appearances. He was live on the radio with Grant Wahl as the list was being released. Grant asked him why did you decline the call? Gio was shell shocked.
 
JA:  I missed that interview. Fellow Deuce podcaster Beto kept referencing it and looking for the clip to no avail. I did see Televisa interviewing Gio at a supermarket whilst he promoted head and shoulders and his replies and body language tell me he really wanted to play the Copa America.
 
JJ:  Gio knows that Tri appearances are what have given him the career he has. It certainly hs not been his club career.  It makes no sense that he would turn it down. SUM and MLS were depending on him to play. It was a big black eye for them both.  Like I said earlier, Mexico might have more depth now, but shutting out a difference maker like Gio is not a good decision.And I do not think it was Gio’s.

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Ep. 34: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – Liguilla 1st leg, emo-CH14 and more.

Tigres UANL sadAn exciting 1st leg with 2 clasicos is now over and we talk all about it. The clasico regio had goals scored, but the clasico nacional was just as exciting even with a 0-0 tie. We talk about how Monterrey played counter attack ball and didn’t have as much possession as Tigres, but still came out with the win. These Rayado tactics being similar to USMNT.

Refereeing was an issue brought up as we talked America vs Chivas. Red cards were expected from the hot head Aguilas.

We also talked a little bit of Chicharito and his recent interview with Gonzo Pineda. How he has been critical of certain press outlets as well as not giving interviews to some.

Going to the image of this post of the Tigres fan shedding some tears, we discussed how the production of these games goes and if producers actually have cameramen searching for these emotional moments. Next time you are at the stadium, be sure to hold back those tears. 😀

Ep. 31: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – Rafa’s comments, Osorio to Colombia y mas!

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Hello fans. We are back with a Rafa packed podcast, analyzing and discussing the latest comments made by Rafa during a press conference. We have back and forth discussion on wether he was out of line or not. Rafa stated that there is no comparison between Clasicos in Spain/France vs Guadalajara. We take this discussion into the “yo estoy en Europa y tu no” topic. Is Rafa an arrogant fresa, belittling Mexico and Guadalajara, or is he justified by his salty opinion?

I guess you know a bit of what I think. 😉

Ep. 30: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – Chivas on a streak, Article 19, and foreigners in Mexico.

Omar BravoIn Episode 30 we discussed the Chivas streak of wins and if they can maintain this or will they eventually begin to lose and do nothing in Liguilla. We also give some input on this whole FIFA article 19 news on the protection of children in youth transfers. Finally we discuss the foreigners in Mexico, be it coaches or players. Are foreigners expected to have more success than Mexican coaches. What are the differences? This and more on The Dos a Zero podcast!

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Chivas win streak continues

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PUEBLA, MEXICO. Chivas Guadalajara continued their winning streak outclassing Puebla FC 3 – 0. This is the 3rd win in row and 4th straight away win. Making their away record 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss. With this win the Rojiblancos move to the 8th spot for liguilla purpose and are mathematically close to staving off relegation.

Chivas honcho Matias Almeyda stated “And with this result people will say ‘Chivas is a contender’ the primary objective, which has been meet, is for Chivas to not descend.”

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Ep. 29: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – Chivas are back? Spanish Clasico and Ame vs Tigres.

necaxaCR7A fun show with some good talk on the state of Chivas and their recent success. Are they back and will they be a challenge the remaining of the season. America used to be in crisis, now they are in the final of the CCL. Tigres has been surpassed by rival, Monterrey, in league standings but proceed to CCL final in an impressive matchup vs America. We even talk about US Womens wage dispute and drama. Tune in for good footy talk and some fun moments.

Ep. 26: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – Post Clasico discussion, Pre El Tri list and more

In this Dos A Zero podcast, episode 26, we discuss what happened with the Clasico Nacional and the good effort put on by Chivas. We also discuss El Tri and the upcoming Qualifiers with Canada. John Jagou will be in Canada covering the game and I will be in the stands in the Estadio Azteca. Saludos!

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