Joel and Albert with the daytime podcast, discuss last night’s El Traffico playoff game between LAFC and LA Galaxy and how Vela overcomes Zlatan and co. We also go over past LigaMX drama in San Luis, as well as recent Week15 Goalkeeper chant consequences that go into effect.
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!
In this episode, we discuss the #LeaguesCup final where Cruz Azul beat Tigres 2-1 in Las Vegas. Our host, John Jagou, was onsite and recounts the details. We discuss the future of this cup and how it will impact Mexican soccer. We discuss the Libertadores and the desire for entry into South American competitions.
An exciting pod, with a full panel! John, Joel, Albert, Ron and Jaime all join up to talk Leagues Cup and latest LigaMX news. This was a good one!
This is part 2 of the show, where we continue the LigaMX discussion and the Marchesin/Edson transfers. We are also joined by a special guest “Hugo Sanches, The poster” from BSMX and other places.
Tigres and Monterrey to face of in CONCAChampions!
The crew discuss the newly crowned CopaMX champs, Cruz Azul. We also go over latest on El Tri news, as well as a heated Chiva vs Chiva between 2 of our panelists. We talk some LigaMX games coming up this weekend and the Liguilla implications. We also discuss a bit of MLS playoffs as LAFC exits the tourney!
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Tom Harrison (@tomh_36) joins us to talk his coverage of LigaMX, stats, and his outlook for Group A and more. The panel also talked Piojo’s comments, CONCACAF Champions League, Chofis chasers, MLS gap closing and more!
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This was a great episode. Strong opinions on Chivas and their bad form in CCL and LigaMX. Lots of MLS v LigaMX talk, Pumas tears, young Mexicans playing in MLS, Nations League and even some 80s cartoon talk!