Ep. 121: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – El Tri Friendly, TuzoGate and more!

The gents, once again, gather around the Cantina and discuss the Mexico friendly in San Antonio and some of the odd occurrences, like Gio’s best offseason ever, Alanis starting for Mexico but not even playing for Chivas, and more! We have some good sound clips from Juan Carlos Osorio disagreeing with the Gio hate.

We also get schooled on the recent #TuzoGate controversy, by Ronaldo. Interesting happenings going on in Pachuca. You will want to tune into this one!

We also discuss some Chivas crisis/drama news and other random topics.

Jonathan Gonzalez Debuts with El Tri in San Antonio!

After all the talk, hype and controversy surrounding this 18 year old Mexican American, or as I like to refer to ourselves(Yes, I am a Mexican American), Pochos, we finally got to see the young man in action! The US National Team fans are upset that Jonathan got away, as well as with their system that let it happen. They are all in an uproar. The Mexican media is also quick to follow his movements and reasonings.

During the 2nd half of the game last night vs Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jonathan was warming up on the end line. He received cheers and yells from the crowd, to which Jonathan would look over and smile. He is indeed in a very fortunate situation. He gets to prove his worth and maybe get on the squad to go to his first World Cup!

So why would a Mexican American who played with the US youth national teams, later choose Mexico? We have seen this before. It’s all about what is best for one’s career. Simple as that. We all want to be the best, play on the best team, get the best contract, make the biggest contribution one can. This is the same with Jonathan.

Jonathan would not get a chance to attend the World Cup, via an eliminated USMNT. So it really was an easy decision. I am surprised it took him three days to make it and choose El Tri. Maybe that indicates a bit how much he really loves US Soccer? Just a guess.

He already plays in Monterrey and has been accepted and loved. The US side, did not display such acceptance. Being considered by Mexico could mean more money, opportunities and maybe if he performs well, European teams will come looking!

The fact is, the path to the success Jonathan is looking for is best done through Mexico. One of my favorite journalists, Carlos Albert, calls Jonathan a mercenary. One who is just using Mexico for his own gain and doesn’t really care for have pride of El Tri. This could be the case, but in the end it’s his decision. It is also our right to call people out on this. Remember back when Guille Franco was called the very same thing, for choosing Mexico, just because he couldn’t get to a World Cup with Argentina? Sort of the same thing here, except with Jonathan, the US didn’t qualify for the World Cup.

It will be interesting to see how the young lad grows and develops. As for his first appearance, from the eye of a camera lens, he had an ok performance. Some good control, but with a failed shot on goal off a cross from the right side.

My prediction, he doesn’t make the World Cup, but interesting, his future will be.

Ep. 120: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – El Tri Callup!

Pancho Villa Army’s Sergio Tristan, came on the show to discuss the PVA fun to be had next week for the San Antonio friendly. He also talks future plans as well as what is going down in Russia!!

We also had Dan Feuerstein on to talk USSF news and latest USMNT info.

We later had our discussion on the #ElTriEng call up, specifically how could La Chofis be left off this list and initial analysis on who will finally be called up to the World Cup in the summer.

Ep. 114: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Penal Code, in Liguilla!

Americanistas are in a frenzy vs a bad penalty call by the Ref vs Tigres. Monterrey gets the 1-0 advantage vs the Butterfies. LigaMX is setting up for a Clasico Regio final!

This and more on this episode of the CantinaMX podcast!!

Ep. 112: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – New hope? TAS fine. Justice League of Nations!

This episode had some positivity coming from our panel based on the latest performance by #ElTriEng. JCO gets a break from criticism. Court of arbitration relieves certain fines for the BK chant. A Justice League of nations is set to begin next year, and finally Rayados can potentially get a doblete and win CopaMX and LigaMX cups. Mohamed to El Tri?

We even discussed the reason people wait for David Faitelson to tweet. 😀

Ep. 111: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – In game Live podcast, #BELMEX

We got together to podcast during the Belgium v Mexico game and after a slow 1st half, the 2nd have and Chucky Lozano show took over. While we watched the game, we discussed the tactics, player positioning and JCO strategies. Rotations were part of the convo, as well as a load of other El Tri topics. We hope to do more in-game podcasts, so stay tuned!

Ep. 110: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Belgium v Mexico preview, etcetera!

Another great discussion yesterday, about the Mexican national team and it’s up coming game in Belgium. We talked Mexican players going to MLS, including whether Chicharito will go to LA or Chivas. We discussed if an athlete should drink or do things that could impede their abilities as a player. Then went into some WC history and reminiscing.

Ep. 106: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – USMNT is out of Men’s World Cup! Shock? Smiles?

What a crazy night to podcast! We started streaming live as the CONMEBOL qualifying was finalizing and at halftime of the CONCACAF qualifying and what a night it was. Our panel was shocked and surprised to see goal after goal drop as Honduras came back to beat Mexico and Panama did the same vs Costa Rica. As a result the US are eliminated as they failed to beat T&T.

We had a surprise visit from Martin del Palacio and we talked about the future for Mexico in the World Cup. Also what this means for the US team.

Crazy night of soccer, fun discussion! Take a listen!

Ep. 105: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Sad flute albiceleste, US MWCQ, special guest Kit McConnico

We thank special guest Kit McConnico for joining us and talking CONMEBOL qualifying,  as well as the USMNT, as they fight for qualification to the Men’s World Cup.

Ep. 103: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Fuerza Mexico!

In what was going to be a short and quick episode, we ended up going 2.5 hours. We talked the earthquakes in Mexico and inspiring reaction from the Mexican people. We had a caller request via twitter to join the conversation. Joel joined and asked a question on youth development in the US. We discussed physical strength v ball skill and the ongoing question of if NFL/NBA players were to play soccer growing up instead, how would US soccer be.

We also discussed Cuauhtemoc’s visit to Futbol Picante!

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