Ep. 42: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – Euro talk, CR7 vs Messi, 10-8, MLS and more.

cascaritacholaAn enjoyable night of chat, with another appearance by Jonny Rico. We began talking a bit of Euro and how CR7 has took his team to the final. We noted the success CR7 is having and the bad news Messi is going through. The 10-8 rule came up again as a topic and Jonny gave us his take on it and how it could be fixed.

We then got into a huge debate about MLS with our man Fernando. This was a prolonged debate about the validity of MLS, the Giovanni issue and more hardheaded opinions. ROFL.

We also had a viewer question about a 5v5 cascarita match between our podcast and the Mexican Soccer show. That was a fun idea.

Another good episode. Be sure to check it out.

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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Ep. 36: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – America is still on someone’s mind. :D

manoIn this episode that took place on Wed Night, day before the Liguilla Final partido de Ida, we talked America, America and more America. With a mix of Arbitro. This episode of the podcast was cut short, but contains a good hour 2 panelists going against the sole Americanista on the whole Samudio drama as well as lack of quality reffing.

The hand ball was discussed, the notion that the ref helps America was also discussed. It was a passionate discussion between the 2 sides.

Also we began some discussion on the 10-8 rule in LigaMX and more. Tune in on iTunes.

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. 32: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – Is Pulido banned forever? America is King of CONCACAF!

dosaZeroWilaBallboyAlan Pulido has been playing well in Greece and it is still a mystery if he ever will put on the National Team jersey. We talk about his situation and the infamous Pacto de Caballeros in Mexico. We also talk the CCL as we recorded this show during the America v Tigres game. Some thing interesting that came up during the podcast was the idea of Tigres becoming the new Cruz Azul. The SubCampeonisimo. Is this true?

Tune in on Wednesday nights live and on iTunes.

Ep. 24: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – MLS Fail in CONCACAF Champions League

A lot of CONCACAF Champions League talk in this episode. We cover the Robbie Keane comments, the Gio insults, the results and more. We streamed live during the RSL v Tigres game so a little bit of play by play. 11 years in a row a Mexican team will win the tournament and go to the Club World Cup.

Tune in blokes!

LigaMX tops MLS once again

dempseyPisotonThis week the return leg for each quarterfinal match took place between MLS and LigaMX teams. Once again all 4 MLS teams are eliminated.

DC United vs Queretaro

This 2nd leg took place in Washington DC and Queretaro got the tie 1-1. DC United couldn’t defend their home turf and lost the series with an aggregate 3-1. I would consider these teams as lower level, less interesting teams, so lets move on.

Santos vs LA Galaxy

This one had some drama. Santos goalkeeper, Marchesin, make a lame remark to Gio Dos Santos, calling him “Borracho”. Not really a relevant insult and I am not sure that Gio did anything bad to him. The insult took off, however, and Gio was greeted in Torreon with the same insult. So now all the fans were insulting the former National Team hero. A bit awkward? Its just a rivalry. This was a club match, not the NT. Santos fans took advantage of the insult to attempt to get underneath Gio’s skin. Gio even made a comment saying that Marchesin was an unknown player just like his team. So much drama.

The game ended up in a blow out, 4-0. Giovanni played up top but didn’t end up doing much.

America vs Sounders

The Aguilas played in Azteca vs Sounders. Seattle came out with a goal, but it was an own goal. Then America went off and scored 3 goals to finish Clint Dempsey and his team. Jordan Morris, didn’t show much, but did have one run that ended in a heel pass, but was ruined by a fellow teammate.

Dempsey was able to take a “recuerdo” back home from Mexico as Sambueza stepped on his head with his cleat.

Real Salt Lake vs Tigres

This game was the most competitive. Tigres was up 2-0 from the previous game in Monterrey, but RSL came out with the first goal to go up 1-0. RSL had other opportunities and looked better. Tuca later went on the defensive, and took out some of his offensive options. In the end, however, Gignac got a goal beating a floating Rimando to tie the game 1-1 and take the series.

Fail once again for MLS.

Some issues I have with the aftermath, is that the excuses still remain. It was preseason, the salary cap, etc. These excuses have existed for many years, yet no motivation to change. DC United and LA Galaxy posted controversial tweets, indicating they didn’t even care about the tournament.

The US press doesn’t care or pressure or complain about these poor performances and just act as cheerleaders. Sometimes things will only change if you light a fire under peoples arses. I don’t see MLS becoming the best league in the World anytime soon.

If you have a few minutes and want to listen to a ridiculous debate (in Spanish) between some Univision analysts, here you go. It is pretty laughable and I wonder if they set it all up for each to have their opposing positions. (credit to colima for posting the vid)

CCL Week 1: The MLS vs LigaMX gap

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.

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.

Cheers!

 

Ep. 21: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – Mexico vs Senegal – Molero

MexVsSenThis episode we talk about the recent Mexico “molero” vs Senegal. We discuss the flops and stand out players from the game. We also have sound clips from Osorio and Pikolin from post the game press conference and mixed zone. Osorio answered a question from the Senegal press on the reason why Mexico gave Senegal a few good scoring opportunities during the game.

We also discuss the Chicharito injury and his career in Europe. As well as some Libertadores talk and LigaMX. A bet was also taken between two of our panelists on the winner of the Santos vs Monterrey game from tonight.

Tune in!

Ep. 18: Los Cachirules podcast – Discussion over Kuri agression, refereeing and LigaMX

Messi Los CachirulesOur latest episode was one of “extra cancha” news and drama. Fidel Kuri, owner of Veracruz Tiburones, got into a little scuffle with head of refereeing Edgardo Codesal. This resulted in heated words and slight shoving of an old man. We discuss the actions on the pitch between Veracruz and Leon and how it escalated to the long pant drama.

We also talk about how Club America may be losing its true and faithful 12th man, as another bad call happened in the Wilas vs Atlas game.

These topics and more in the telenovela that is Mexican futbol.

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