Is Copa America Centenario Worth the Trouble?

Late last week, it was made official.  CONMEBOL, the South American soccer confederation that was the first to organize a national team level competition, will pay homage to its considerable history by commemorating the Copa America Centenario with a tournament… in the USA.

It goes without saying that after all the indictments that the FBI handed out like a gangsta dropping hundies at the titty bar, this tournament was in serious jeopardy of even being played at all.  But in the end, profit always wins, and CONMEBOL and its marketing partners are set to make a pile of cash with their tournament next June.

The Stadiums will be packed, the temporary grass-fields in field-turf stadiums will try and stay alive, and for the weeks that this tournament coincides with Euro 2016, there will be wall to wall footy from 7am to midnight.  Sound great, don’t it?

But how excited will fans really be when slowly, but surely, South American sides will announce that they will be playing with alternate sides, or U23 teams?  Lionel Messi will obviously be a huge draw, but how excited is Barcelona going to be watching his Messiness dig up Texas-size divots on the less than ideal surface at AT&T Stadium?  Not very. And coming off a knee injury, less so.  Chances of playing CAC – less than 50%

And what of his Barça buddy, Neymar?  Well, he has a score to settle this summer. But at the Olympics in Rio.  So, don’t expect to see him either.

How many of Chile’s Copa America heroes will be State side?  What about James and his band of Cafeteros? Remember, they will be in the throes of their insanely long and emotionally draining World Cup qualifying.

Some National teams, like Mexico, will playing a Summer tournament every year this World Cup cycle.  And some players did the same last cycle.

Venue selection will be interesting.  The most logical host city, Miami, the unofficial Capital of South America in the US, will not be available because the Dolphins Stadium will be undergoing a renovation. Too bad.  It would seem like Miami would be be the epicenter of such a tournament.  For it to not even be involved is really unfortunate.  A long list of attractive cities have great stadiums, but will need temporary fields.  Ugh!

But those gate receipts will be so appealing, so the show must go on.

It is a great idea, one that a lot of folks had been advocating for years, but greed has been at the heart of the execution and organization. It is a cynical way to celebrate 100 years of soccer.

 

Juan Carlos Osorio’s European Adventure

He has gone a long way from being a Manchester City cone-setter to coaching Mexico’s national team.Newly minted coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, fresh off a weekend of seeing a handful of Liga MX games, has jetted of to the Old Country to have a chat with the players who will likely form the Tri’s base as they take the field in a game that really matters next month.  Mexico will open Russia 2018 qualification with a home game vs El Salvador before traveling to San Pedro Sula a few days later.

Read more

Los Cachirules: A dos a zero podcast. Episode 2

Our 2nd Episode is in the books. We had some good discussion on the US vs Mexico game that took place for the CONCACAF Cup. I was in attendance along with 93,000 others and enjoyed the great atmosphere and an even greater Golazo by Paul Aguilar.

We discuss the USMNT a bit more that you would originally think a Mexican podcast would, but we would like to get a good amount of US fans as listeners as well, even if some may just be haters. Come one, come all and enjoy the fun.

Another big topic we have discussed is the new Mexican NT coach, Juan Carlos Osorio. Will he succeed, will he last for 6 months, and will he even make it to the World Cup in Russia? Only time will tell, but qualifiers are coming, so he has 1 month until his first game.

Finally we talk the Olympic squad and their success in qualifiers and who will be the 3 overage players that Mexico will take to the Olympics. We even mention the dream scenario of beating Brazil 7-1 in the Maracana!

So take a listen to the podcast below, or on itunes. We also just created a twitter account for the podcast, so follow @los_cachirules.

DCIM100GOPRO

1 10 11 12