A 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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Copa America Centenario is coming to a close, with the second to last match to be played on June 25th of 2016 in University of Phoenix Stadium between Colombia and the United States National Team for the consolation prize of 3rd place. Both teams arrived to this match when they lost their respective semifinal matches, Colombia lost to the reigning Copa America 2015 champions Chile 2-0, and the USA disgraced CONCACAF by being demolished by star studded Argentina 4-0.
Jose Pekerman made himself available to the media on June 24th at the University of Phoenix Stadium, in a press conference and answered questions from local media and south american channels. He spoke about taking this match serious and wished that they had made it to the final in New Jersey.
Soccer Chronicle was able to ask a question to Jose Pekerman in regards to the quality brought on by CONCACAF. He spoke well of the US national team and Mexico’s performances in the world cup 2014 in Brasil. He says that certain results can distort the actual quality of the teams since the teams are so equal in quality in this tournament. Interestingly enough, El Profe Pekerman omitted talking about Costa Rica, whom Colombia lost to 2-3 in the last group stage match of Group A as recently as June 11th in 2016.
El Profe retired to the training grounds, to prepare for his last Match of this prestigious tournament, and below are a few game notes:
Colombia leads the series versus the USA with 11 wins, 4 ties and 3 losses.
Colombia has a 3 game winning streak in all Copa America tournaments vs the USA
Last match up result, Colombia 2-0 USA
Best performance for TEAM USA was in 1995 when they reached 4th place by losing 1-4 vs Colombia.
Clint Dempsey reached his 52nd goal for the United States, 5 away from tying Landon Donovan as all-time top scorer for the National Team.
Below is a small video of Captain of the Colombian National team James Rodriguez in practice, a day prior to the 3rd place match in University of Phoenix Stadium.
Tomorrow, the Tournament will come to a close, when Argentina faces Chile for the Copa America Centenario final. Both teams come firing at full speed ahead.
One of the worst Golizas in Mexican history deserved a post game podcast discussing the fatal events. Take a listen. In moments like these, one cannot be too upset, but as this gentleman in the picture, laugh and find humor.
The press conference at the University of Phoenix Stadium was brief and Juan Carlos Osorio repeated ad naseaum that he hopes Luis Suarez plays tomorrow, so we can play against the best Uruguay has to offer. Andres Guardado was mostly asked about the functionality of the team and how the “Puto” chant can harm the national team with sanctions and fines. Both Osorio and Guardado are optimistic of Mexico’s chances tomorrow in the group stage match up Mexico vs Uruguay. Juan Carlos Osorio thanked the fans for their passionate support, and both Osorio and Guardado admit that the fans are the 12th player in the match. Osorio is concerned that Juergen Damm was not match fit, but is confident that his time to shine will come. Osorio alluded to the fact that he is only 23 years old, and with the possibility of still going to Europe. Tomorrow a great game awaits us.
JCO talks tactics vs Uruguay:
JCO talks about Damm/Candido and Guardado talks puto chant:
In this episode, we discuss the Copa America groups and the teams that Mexico will have to play. We also talk the US, supposed group of death, as well as the other groups. We also deviate into discussing the drama and controversy that the Press brings to the game.
The CCL was ongoing while we were podcasting, so we discuss the CONCACAF tournament and how MLS has been faring vs the LigaMX rivals.
We also discuss the “Clasico Joven” and the Thomas Boy dance controversy. Also Club America discussion of refs and incompetence issues throughout the league. 😀
The Copa America draw took place and groups are ready and in place. Mexico is in group C with Uruguay, Venezuela and Jamaica. Chilean coach Noel Sanvicente, stated Mexico can be considered a favorite. Of course he also praised his team as one not to be underestimated. Psychological warfare may be taking place here, when calling Mexico a favorite. Not that they are in a group of death or anything, but this is a South American tournament including the likes of Brazil, Argentina and Chile. One of the El Tri opponents, Jamaica, is a CONCACAF team that is beatable, Venezuela is not usually a top South American team. Uruguay will be the biggest challenge in the group, on paper.
We know that Mexico plays better when they are considered the underdog or are forced to elevate their play to take on giants like Brazil or Argentina. We have also seen Mexico struggle vs CONCACAF teams that they were supposed to handle without major problems. This tournament is an excellent opportunity for Mexico to shine and show their worth versus the powers of CONMEBOL. Also any type of beating given to Uruguay is a good thing.
The US National Team is also in this tournament. It will take place in the US after all. So Mexico and the US will essentially be the home teams. The USMNT are in group A with Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay. We have seen many “Molero” games with the US and Mexico vs Paraguay, so many would see them as a beatable opponent. Costa Rica has been a top team in CONCACAF, and could pose a challenge for the US. Especially at a time where it may be thought that the US is at a low level of play recently. Consider the US already losing the CONCACAF cup as well as the Gold Cup prior, not even making it to the final. Is this the worst US team to be put together for a long time? Also is this Copa America the toughest tournament the US will participate in since the World Cup? Not a good time for the US to come in at a low level of play.
There is always the fighting spirit that the US can rely on. The underdog grit. The “dig deep” attitude that could lift the US up to Copa America glory. On the other hand, I have seen many US adversaries say the US will go “3 and out”, or even chant “I believe that they will lose!”. It should be an exciting tournament.