Quakes fall to Union, An evening in San Jose!

SAN JOSE, CA: Let’s talk a little bit of MLS, mixed with some Mexican flavor. Now normally we delve into Mexican club football and the Mexican National Team. A trip to northern California, brings us to a game that involved two Mexican players on opposing teams. Marco Fabian and Carlos Fierro.

Before we get to the game, let’s talk Venue and ambience. Avaya stadium is very nice. It has a huge bar on one end line, as well as a grassy area for vendors and “puestos” for pregame festivities. The stadium is small enough to get easy access to seats but still plenty large to hold up to 18,000 fans. There is a section on the opposite end line where the San Jose Ultras are present and during this game, suspended forward, Chris Wondolowski was in attendance cheering on the team. The fans were supportive during the game, but were quieted once Philly took the 2-1 lead. But not entirely quieted. The ref, with some horrific calls, riled up the fans and they let him have it with whistles and jeering. It was an fun, controversial game with entertaining ups and downs.

As far as our fellow Mexican players, it started off with a greeting at midfield, between Carlos Fierro and Marco Fabian, during pre-game warm ups. They both got the start for their respective teams. Initially San Jose took control of the game and went on the attack. Fierro had a couple of chances during some offensive cuts into the box and even got some shots on goal, only to get them blocked by the goalkeeper. Fierro was on the right flank and was only dangerous when he was able to use his speed and get behind the defense. When that didn’t happen he was forced to cut back into the middle but his left foot is not his strong suite, which resulted in some errant passes. I thought, if only he were Carlos Vela, making those cuts and having a perfect left foot shot targeting the far post. The wrong Carlos was on the pitch for SJ. It may be worth a shot, putting Fierro on the left side every now and then. Sort of how the NT does, with Chucky and even Gio Dos Santos. That way vs a good defensive team, he can cut back and have his right foot useful for those mid range shots.

As far as Marco Fabian, he wore the #10. He started in the middle slotted a little bit back, but pushing forward when needed. You could sense he was dangerous on the field, but didn’t get the ball with enough frequency. He did get one shot on goal, but it ended up bouncing to the goalkeeper.

Aside from the two Mexicans and Wondolowski cheering with the fans, the game seemed to have been soured by poor referring. Several odd offsides calls, controversial VAR decisions and some goals/pentalty called back.

Overall, it was a fun time in Avaya Stadium. Fierro is struggling with support and confidence from the fans and most likely in himself as well. Fabian is having a fun time. Post game he met with fans, took pictures, signed jerseys and even gave away his jersey and even his shorts! A great evening of Futbol!

Ep. 92: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – vs Germany; Taken down a level!

After the Germany loss, we discuss:

Sad Flute intros (00:24); Analysis of Germany game (08:40); Dan reminisces with Salcido (26:20); Mexico needs an on-field leader (33:05); Comparison to Chile loss and JCO future (44:45); Brother Rigo preaches Chivas (50:20); JCO and lack of “auto-critica” (57:40); Players on decline? (1:02:20); Mind doctor needed. (1:07:30); Who could replace JCO? (1:08:30); Bad Defense (1:22:20); Mex vs Ghana (1:24:40); Ron enters to ask #FueraOsorio status and proposes a US coach (1:31:10);

Ep. 54: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – Club America’s identity and Sad Flute Santos

Marco FabianSome 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.

Thanks for tuning in!

Bad Luck Marco: Gets sold to Bundesliga team, still needs to fight descenso.

Marco Fabian from Chivas has been sold to German Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt for 4.5 Million. The Chivas goal scorer is well known for putting in some impressive Golazos for the Sacred Herd of Guadalajara, so it will be interesting to see if he can do the same in Germany.

Some say that Fabian has had his ups and downs. He can be considered inconsistent. He could score a screaming goal one game and then proceed to go on a 4 game drought. There is also the discipline issue and his infamous partying and drinking lifestyle. Moving to the “Big Leagues” in Europe may improve his discipline as he will need to impress and work hard to earn respect and most importantly playing time with his new club.

New League, same situation:

Marco FabianWhile he is leaving Chivas, a club fighting to stay out of relegation/descenso, it appears he is in the same situation with his new club in Bundesliga. Eintracht Frankfurt is in 15th place, 2 spots away from relegation. So not only does he need to impress and work hard for the sake of his career, but also to lift up his team in the Bundesliga Table.

Bundesliga Success:

Of course hard work and impressing, is something he can learn from his fellow Paisa in Bundesliga, Chicharito. Javier Hernandez is the epitome of discipline and class, something Fabian should emulate and follow. Things may look up for Fabian in this move. If he can put it all together the right way and score goals on a consistent basis, he can be well on his way to a successful European stint. Chicharito is doing it, so can he.

Chicharito’s success includes a recent hattrick and plenty of goals and assists. He is also secured a starting role with the team. Fabian has a good chance to follow in his success and improve his worth. However, he can’t disappear on the field. He has to make an impact. Critics could say that Chicharito’s success may be due to some of the quality of teams he is up against. Bayer’s most recent win was against a 4th division team. The term slumpbuster may even be mentioned. Supporters could say, he is playing 90 minutes and when given the opportunity, will score. No matter, this is an opportunity of a lifetime for Marco Fabian. He needs to show his worth, gain a starting role and score goals, be a contributor. He has the ability to do it.

Many Mexicans have performed well in Germany, Pavel Pardo being one of the first along with Salcido, and even Maza. This is the time for Marco Fabian to make his mark. If he can, there may be a chance for him to head to the next World Cup.