Chivas always seems to take the spotlight in the show, this time in failure. We also discussed the Pumas disaster and heard from Lady Puma complaining to 3 players. We even discussed Non Soccer Related stuff like Beisbol, tacos, mean soccer coaches and more!
Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has declared he is looking to offset the US’s notable size advantage. For Javier Hernandez, this means a return to his super-sub role which won him many fans over during his Manchester United stint. SL Benfica’s Raul Jimenez will get the nod instead.
Osorio and Mexico Captain Rafa Marquez have stated Mexico will break the trend in Columbus. Mexico is expected to take the game to the US and put pressure on the American backline. Osorio will trust the dynamic and creative players Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos. Linking up-top with them is Jimenez whose physical presence will be a direct threat to the US backline.
Osorio’s Mexico will go Guns Ablazing.
We talked about the tactics, decisions and results rendered by Osorio’s El Tri. We are still in agreement that his days are numbered and Piojo Herrera may be waiting for his chance to return.
This episode ended with a bang plenty of lulz. Stay tuned until the end!
Some good talk once again. Ron made a controversial statement, as we talked Giovanni Dos Santos. He stated that MLS is better than 50% of the leagues in Europe. Think about how many leagues are actually in Europe. We just follow the top 5, but there are more.
We also talked America and it’s supposed identity of being a big club that buys talent, but not a “cantera” club, although it has had some good talent, such as Memo Ochoa come out of el nido.
We had Serge, our weekly caller, dial in and give some good insights. Don’t forget, we have a call-in number if you want to participate int he show.
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An episodes full of laughter and mockery of the spectacle that is Cruz Azul. We talked their loss to America after going up 3-0. Is it psychological, a curse, bad coaching or players who just stink? We discuss this phenomena. 😀
We also talk a bit about Giovanni possibly coming back and the quote Decio De Maria gave on the topic. We still hold fast that the FMF black listed Gio and that he did not reject the call up to Copa America. With his expressed interest to join the NT again, and Decio’s back tracking comments, hopefully we see him soon.
Another fun night of Futbol talk. We discussed, who is most benefitting from the latest success from Giovanni Dos Santos, as well the standouts from the list of 40 players. There was also a segment on morality in Football. Why the need for pregame prayers or post game prayer circles, or t-shirts with I heart Jesus on them.
Listen in on another fun episode of the Dos A Zero podcast.
When talking Soccer in the US and referring to Mexico, the phrase “The gap is closing” many times comes up. Meaning the MLS is catching up to the Mexican League, or MLS teams are beating LigaMX teams and challenging them more than in the past. Well at least after weak one of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament, this does not seem to be the case. There still seems to be a gap of sorts.
Stats for this week are that 2 LigaMX and 2 MLS teams played at home. The MLS home teams were able to obtain two ties (0-0 and 2-2). The LigaMX home teams were able to both obtain wins (2-0, 2-0). LigaMX teams defended their home turf advantage. The return leg will now decide who goes through to the semifinals.
Last night Tigres played Real Salt Lake in Monterrey. It seemed like a typical away game for an MLS team as Real Salt Lake seemed to play defensive and Tigres could not find the net until the late stages of the game. Damian Alvarez and Gignac had cold games and missed some good opportunities to score. “La Palmera” Rivas participated in the two goals, scoring one and providing the opportunity for Damm on the 2nd.
The final and big game of the night was to be the LA Galaxy vs Santos Laguna. This game took place in front of a home crowd for the Galaxy. Giovanni Dos Santos needed to prove his worth and give Juan Carlos Osorio reasons to call him up to the National Team. It didn’t play out as expected. The game resulted in a 0-0 tie. There were some heated moments during the game, some fouls, some acting and even some insults. Santos goalkeeper Marchesin, apparently insulted Gio by calling him “borracho” and making gestures with his hands as if he was drinking a beer. This of course is in reference to previous occasions where Gio was recorded drunk in a car, while partying.
Y que Marchesín le dice borracho a Gio dos Santos pic.twitter.com/yIsKn91MpH
— Chutinho (@chutinho01) February 25, 2016
Giovanni showed passion and urgency, but could not lift his team. Nor could his star teammates, Steven Gerard, Ashley Cole, Nigel De Jong or Robbie Keane. Juan Carlos Osorio was surely watching Gio in this game to see how his form would be. Luckily it is still early in the MLS Season.
So back to “the gap” talk. My impression is that the gap is still there. Sure the MLS is in preseason form, however to me the MLS seemed more dangerous to LigaMX teams in years past. MLS teams have even beat LigaMX teams in Mexico, which took them a while to do, but they did it. This year, I predict all four MLS teams will fail on the return leg to come back and we will see an all Mexican semifinals.