Ep. 89: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast ‚Äď 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. ūüėÄ

Ep. 87: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast ‚Äď 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 РChivaHermano, 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!

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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Ep. 56: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast ‚Äď Post game talk: Mexico vs Panama

Mexico Fan!With an onsite member of our cast, we had an inside look at the pregame festivities, in-game action and post game news straight outta Chicago!

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!

Ep. 55: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast ‚Äď Libertadores, El Tri, etc.

bofoThis week we talked about the possibility of Mexican clubs not being in Libertadores. South Americans may be scared of having a CONCACAF do well, but money talks, and Mexico can bring viewers.

We also discuss the Mexican National Team call up and each individual players. Yes, it is a molero, but there are some interesting players on the list, to include Orbelin Pineda and Jona Dos Santos.

We ended the show discussing players that we had high hopes for but ended up not panning out. Players such as Bofo Bautista, Jimmy Lozano, Pina Arellano and many more were mentioned.

Enjoy!

Press conference prior to Mexico vs Uruguay with Juan Carlos Osorio y Andres Guardado

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:

Ep. 33: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast ‚Äď List of 40 for Copa America, Gio status, and more

dosspeedyAnother 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.

 

A Mexican Friendly that went from less to more.

Mexico vs SenegalMexico started out with a semi-familiar back line, at least in Molero games. Yasser Corona, Flores, Zavala as well as Captain, Nestor Araujo. The weakness in the Mexican defense seemed to lie initially with Jerry Flores, then Yasser Corona joined in with a couple of nearly fatal mistakes. Yasser was taken out at the half, as was expected. Osorio was well aware of his mistakes and noted them in the press conference after the game.

One of the attractions for this game was the opportunity to see younger up and coming players. Hirving Lozano did start the game and he was definitely dangerous, but didnt have the cohesion and help needed to make an impact in the marker.

Jurgen Damm was as speedy as ever, even coming back to recover defensively. However, the surprise player seemed to be Candido Ramirez, who hasn’t been playing much for his club, but his first touch in the 2nd half was a nice cross to Jesus Due√Īas¬†who put it in the back of the net. He looked to be on fire and energetic on the left side.

With Candido now on the left, Lozano moved to the right where he eventually sent a cross over to Rodolfo Pizarro who scored the 2nd goal for Mexico. Pachuca teammates unite!

That would wrap up the match. In a game that started off slow and scary with various defensive lapses, Senegal proved to lack finishing on the few opportunities they had. Jesus Corona came up big on a couple of them. Senegal had some spots where they showed “garra” and even went on the attack for spurts, but Mexico controlled it in the end. Two goals were what the 15,000 fans who were in attendance were waiting for.

Juan Carlos OsorioOsorio was asked in the post game press conference by a Senegal reporter, what he thought of the Mexican defense and how Senegal was able to nearly score on 2 or 3 occasions. JCO was adamant that the reason Senegal was able to get these golden opportunities was because of individual error. He referenced the Yasser Corona error as well as a counter off a Mexican corner kick, where he instructed them to play it short. He defended the strategy of the team. He said, the scoring opportunities were not because they were created by Senegal but due to individual error, and that their system/tactics did not fail them.

JCO also talked about Chucky Lozano and almost said he was just as skilled as Tecatito, but then changed his phrasing to say “not as skilled”. Lozano is good, but needs some more growing to reach Tecatito level, but he is well on that path.

Overall the game started slow, but gained entertainment value as the youngsters got the opportunity to shine and work hard to prove to Osorio that they belong for future National Team call ups.

 

2015 in Review Episode 2: Attack of the Chon Chon

Any fan of Mexican football can attest to the fact that a roller coaster ride is an understated metaphor for the spectrum of emotions that one experiences in the course of following the team.  That full spectrum, the whole Roy G. Biv, was on display yet again in 2015.

We left off this particular year in review in Eindhoven, where the PSV supporters let it be known that Andres Guardado was an integral part of their championship season.¬† A well planned and executed display.¬† It was nice to see.¬† If only other parts of Mexico’s 2015 were pulled off as smoothly as this.

Worst Planning

Mexico’s Copa America campaign

mexico copa america For the second straight Copa America, Mexico was left wondering what could have been after another group stage exit.  It should have never come to that.

In 2011, Mexico was forced to send less than their best thanks to a Chuck Blazer mandated “it’s the U23 or don’t play” edict that ensured that Mexico’s best players would participate in the 2011 Gold Cup, and Chuck would maximize his 10% commissions on the $10 beers sold at Jerryworld.

The U23 team selected had a terrific run-up to the tournament, only for it to blow up in their faces after Chepo de la Torre suspended the core of the side after a prostitution scandal.¬† The side that played in Argentina was a hastily put together mishmash of Liga MXers an U20 stalwarts.¬† It didn’t work, but at least they had an excuse.

In 2015, there were no such limits to the roster, but Miguel Herrera decided to send a B squad anyway.¬† Once again, a group that had never played together were lassoed into service while the A team was getting ready for the Gold Cup.¬† Mexico did not embarrass themselves, but the results and the personnel could have been better.¬† It also did not help that Miguel Herrera, fresh off his politically motivated tweets, lost what little support he had left with some more outrageous statements.¬† Add to that Javier Hernandez’ post tournament comments that he was ready, willing, and able to play both tournaments, but was never asked to do so.

Mexico will continue to play in the South American tournament as an invited guest because the TV money generated by their participation is too succulent for CONMEBOL to pass up.¬† But Mexico has to decide how best to play the tournament.¬† A B side is an insult to CONMEBOL, even if the A side’s European clubs would not allow their players to double dip.¬† The most logical thing to do, then, is to send a U23 with a handful of pros.¬† Give the young guns a showcase for their considerable skills.

 

Most Underrated Coach

Raul “Potro” Gutierrez

potroHe led one U17 to a World Cup title and another to the final.¬† The natural progression was for Raul “Potro” Gutierrez to take charge of the U20 teams.¬† He did not, and they were not able to match the results they achieved one level below.¬† Instead he jumped a level, and led Mexico to their 2nd straight win in CONCACAF’s Olympic qualifying tournament. He is poised to take a team that may be more talented than the one that won Gold in London 4 years ago to Rio.

Yet anyone who has had the need to hire a coach over the past few months doesn’t have Potro’s digits.¬† He has not gotten a sniff at any of the numerous openings that pop up like mushrooms around Liga MX.¬† He was not considered when Mexico needed an interim (or permanent) National team.¬† His current gig takes into next summer, but there is no reason why he can’t moonlight, at say, Morelia in the time being.

Whoever does take that chance won’t be disappointed.

Coach with most Pressure

Juan Carlos Osorio / Iganacio Ambriz

No surprises here.  The former has stepped into a cauldron that is perpetually boiling.  The latter had his motives questioned by his boss during his last game of import, a loss to  Chinese club and Asian champion, Guangzou.  Both have no choice but to respond with results in 2015.

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Juan Carlos Osorio got off on the wrong foot with the Mexican media just by being announced as Mexico’s national team coach.¬† And then when he had the nerve to talk about tactics, the media tried to paint him as an intellectually pompous brainiac.¬† There is always a fatal flaw with Mexico’s coaches according to the media.¬† Hugo Sanchez was too ambitious, while Javier Aguirre was not ambitious enough.¬† Miguel Herrera was as educated as they were, so he did not deserve the position he had attained. Osorio is too educated, and, worse, a Colombian.¬† Nothing he does will be good enough, wins will be discarded and losses will be indictments that will only add to the chorus of talking heads who want to fire the guy yesterday.

And he was one of the few who wanted the gig.

Nacho Ambriz has the players to contend for another title at Club America, and will have front office support as long as he keeps winning, or avoids blundering his way to a loss.  He did so in the Liga MX Semis, when down to 9 men, did not sit back and absorb what little pressure Pumas was providing.  And over in Japan, he inexplicably ceded momentum to the Chinese side, and paid the ultimate price.

America will have defeats, but will the other team beat them, or will they hand them the win on a silver platter.  If Ambriz can avoid the latter, he should stick around.

Why don’t you stick around, we have a few more chapters to go.

Mexico Defeats El Salvador in Juan Carlos Osorio Debut

Mexico defeats El Salvador

Mexico City, Mexico. — Mexico defeats El Salvador¬†at home, 3-0, in debut match as they hope to¬†reach CONCACAF’s final World Cup qualifying stage. Mexico enjoyed a comfortable score but failed to impress the Estadio Azteca crowd who jeered the team.

Captain Andres Guardado was the first to score for Mexico converting a well-taken set piece outside the 18. Hector Herrera followed up with the 2nd goal just before the half as he attempted to connect with Javier Hernandez, who mistimed his kick, but distracted the El Salvador keeper enough for the ball to bounce into the back of the net. Carlos Vela put the game out of reach with a sublime chip goal.

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