Ep. 102: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Qualified with ease.

We talk the El Tri qualifying for Russia 2018, as well as the possibility the US pulls a stunner and gets eliminated. We also discuss the possible scenarios for WC pods and Mexico’s group chances. We then discuss CopaMX, LigaMX and Mexican club action. We even went back in time and talked the good old naturalized player controversy, and Guille Franco. We also brought up Oswaldo Sanchez and reasons he may be Mexico’s cringiest player.

Ep. 100: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Special guest Martin del Palacio!

Martin del Palacio joins us on the show and gives some great insight into LigaMX, Osorio, El Tri and more. Martin writes for FIFA and MedioTiempo and is the author of the book, “El Entrevistador”. Much thanks to him for taking the time to come on the show!

A must listen!

Ep. 89: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Mex v USMNT talk and upcoming Confeds Cup

Hola everyone! Welcome to another episode. We had Rigo once again, who attended the game vs. USMNT at Estadio Azteca. We talked JCO and his performance vs the US as well as Bruce Arena and his lack luster tactics of parking the bus. Not that JCO knew how to solve that bunkering tactic.

We talked upcoming Confederations Cup and implications for JCO depending on result. Possibilities of winning vs Portugal and I believe one panelist called CR7, papasito! Be sure to follow him and Alan Pulido on Instagram. 😀

Ep. 87: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Chivas are Champs! El Tri prepares!

We had a fun show right after Mexico beat Ireland in a preparatory friendly. We had special guest @rdotaye – ChivaHermano, member of @chivasdelnorte podcast and contributor to FMF State of mind. We discussed the #LigaMXeng Final, the Chivas performance, the Tigres sadness, the drama and controversy.

We also discussed El Tri and JCO’s journey and what is to be expected this summer.

Have a listen!

Ep. 79: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – El Tri gets 6 points vs CR and T&T!

We had a last minute surprise guest on the podcast today. Wiso Vazquez from FutMexNation joined us. We shared Estadio Azteca stories and experiences as well as discussed the Mexican National Teams recent 2 qualifier games, Osorio’s status as coach and more!

Have a listen!

Is 2017 the Year Chivas Win it all? – The Gentlemen’s Agreement

 

It is back for 2017! In this edition of the Gentlemen’s agreement CantinaMX Podcast host, John Jagou, and CantinaMX Barfly & Futmexnation.com contributor, Joel Aceves return from the Delphic Oracle to give their interpretation of what they heard from Pythia about what to expect in 2017.

And when we say Pythia, we mean Paquita, the local bartender.

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Mexico wins in Columbus! A huge deal, big deal or business as usual?

USvMEXColumbus, OH: The Mexican National team has broken the 2-0 curse of World Cup Qualifier losses to the US in Columbus Ohio. Note that Mexico has beat the US as recent as last year, on US soil. There are reports of 44 years since Mexico has beat the US in the US. That is not correct of course. To be specific it is Columbus.

To be even more specific the record over the last 44 years vs the USMNT in WCQs, in the US, is 1-5-1. So it is not as if they played 44 games and US won every single one of them in World Cup Qualifiers.

Let’s focus on the point of this post! After the game many Mexico fans were very happy. Including myself. After many dos a cero chants, this was a very welcome change of the scoreline. However, I did note that after the game as the Mexican team congratulated themselves on the pitch, they started jumping as they celebrated. The jumping you see after winning a tournament or after a big game to qualify for something big.

There was no reason to jump and celebrate for this particular win. Sure it was a big win, but not a huge win. It has actually been a failure to have 4, 2-0 losses in a row. This righted the ship, it didn’t transcend some huge feat in the world of Soccer. It is cringeworthy to see Mexican players celebrate in such a manner.

Another reason to not celebrate too much but keep a level head is, the fact that many say Jurgen Klinsmann made a huge mistake with his starting formation of a 3-4-3 in the first half. A lineup that proved to be greatly advantageous to Mexico in the first half, as they possessed and were dangerous through most of it. The score could have easily been 3-0 at halftime, but finishing was lacking and only 1 goal was scored. A deflected shot by Layun. So even with a Jurgen gaffe Osorio could only get 1 goal.

Then in the 2nd half, Jurgen changed back to the 4-4-2 and advantage went back to the US. The US possessed, attacked and scored 1 goal during the 2nd half to tie the game. This occurred for much of the 2nd half and Osorio could not come up with a tactic change or some plan to recover control of the game. Chucky coming in brought some good speed on the counter, which almost led to a goal by Chicharito. The US was dangerous and Osorio didn’t have the answer.

The Rafa goal came off a set piece and Mexico won. The tradition is usually the USMNT scoring on set pieces because of lack of “in the run of play” type goals and technical skill.

Another consideration, the weather was not super freezing as in other instances of this game. The Mexican team came in fully loaded with every european player. Osorio did have to deal with an injured Guardado and decided to start a Hector Herrera who hasn’t played well at Porto and did horrible in the 2nd half.

While this is a good win for Mexico, we all need to be level headed. A huge challenge is on the way in Panama, which could be an even harder game. Critical press statements shouldn’t be taken so sensitively by Mexican players such as Chicharito, but their true skill demonstrated on Tuesday night in Panama.

This Columbus win is a big deal! Not a huge deal or business as usual, but an important win to show respect for the US and what they have done since Bruce Arenas decided to play there.

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