Ep. 100: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Special guest Martin del Palacio!

Martin del Palacio joins us on the show and gives some great insight into LigaMX, Osorio, El Tri and more. Martin writes for FIFA and MedioTiempo and is the author of the book, “El Entrevistador”. Much thanks to him for taking the time to come on the show!

A must listen!

Ep. 91: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Mexico v Germany preview!

The CantinaMX podcast panel discusses:

Panel Intros (00:50); Post Mex v Russia/Osorio’s Hate (06:02); Motivation coach talk (21:00); Ice Cream truck talk (28:30); Who takes Guardado’s spot? (31:00); Chucky golazo talk (37:30); PK talk, Mexico vs Germany (41:40); Tecatito absense rumors (48:50); Jurgen fails (52:20); More rotations? (58:20); Best game from Chicharito (1:03:40); Mexico v Germany predictions (1:05:50)

Mexico Depth a Concern, not a Priority

LOS ANGELES, CA. –If friendlies were measured by the result on the scoreboard, Mexico’s summer of soccer did not get off to the most favorable of starts.  Luckily for Juan Carlos Osorio and the rest of the Mexico squad, though, Mexico’s 2-1 loss to Croatia will serve as a much better barometer for what Mexico is than what Mexico aspires to be.

Aspiration:  to be a team that can go 20 players deep.

Reality:  Mexico is a team that only goes 14-15 deep.  The sooner Juan Carlos Osorio realizes that, the better Mexico’s summer of soccer will go.

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Ep. 79: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – El Tri gets 6 points vs CR and T&T!

We had a last minute surprise guest on the podcast today. Wiso Vazquez from FutMexNation joined us. We shared Estadio Azteca stories and experiences as well as discussed the Mexican National Teams recent 2 qualifier games, Osorio’s status as coach and more!

Have a listen!

Ep. 72: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Live Chat: Mexico v Iceland

LAS VEGAS, NV. We had a live chat episode this week. We chatted as we watched the Mexico v Iceland friendly. In a “molero” of games, Mexico had good possession throughout. Chucky played with ganas, Orbelin impressed, Gio was out of shape and Pulido scored the game winner.

We also had fellow panelists, Joel and Juan, onsite and they called in to report their thoughts on the game.

Twas a fun episode!

Ep. 71: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Dan goes to USMNT v Serbia

Our very own Dan makes his appearance at Qualcomm stadium and covers the USMNT. He provides his report on the podcast. Some rare USMNT talk on the CantinaMX podcast.

Then Chivas talk takes over, as they win in CopaMX. Drama on U-20 players is discussed and lots more. Check us out the audio on iTunes or your preferred podcasting app.

Ep. 70: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Almeyda works 2 or 3 times harder!

Matias Almeyda is praying that he can do great things with Chivas, even though he is at a disadvantage as he is restricted to only use Mexican players. Others can bring in Argentinians, Brazilians, but not Chivas. We discuss the Chivas coach’s comments and much more on another episode of CantinaMX!

Ep. 67: CantinaMX Futbol Podcast – Happy New Year, podcast fun!

 New year, new podcast! Ok maybe not totally new, but we had a good time talking about the start of the LigaMX Clausura. We talk Moises and his new life at a poor Chiapas club. Pretty much every America player that has been transferred has not liked the way it was done.

We also gave predictions for both LigaMX and the National team with qualifiers and Confederations Cup. Join us every Wednesday night and listen live around 9pm Central time.

Mexico wins in Columbus! A huge deal, big deal or business as usual?

USvMEXColumbus, OH: The Mexican National team has broken the 2-0 curse of World Cup Qualifier losses to the US in Columbus Ohio. Note that Mexico has beat the US as recent as last year, on US soil. There are reports of 44 years since Mexico has beat the US in the US. That is not correct of course. To be specific it is Columbus.

To be even more specific the record over the last 44 years vs the USMNT in WCQs, in the US, is 1-5-1. So it is not as if they played 44 games and US won every single one of them in World Cup Qualifiers.

Let’s focus on the point of this post! After the game many Mexico fans were very happy. Including myself. After many dos a cero chants, this was a very welcome change of the scoreline. However, I did note that after the game as the Mexican team congratulated themselves on the pitch, they started jumping as they celebrated. The jumping you see after winning a tournament or after a big game to qualify for something big.

There was no reason to jump and celebrate for this particular win. Sure it was a big win, but not a huge win. It has actually been a failure to have 4, 2-0 losses in a row. This righted the ship, it didn’t transcend some huge feat in the world of Soccer. It is cringeworthy to see Mexican players celebrate in such a manner.

Another reason to not celebrate too much but keep a level head is, the fact that many say Jurgen Klinsmann made a huge mistake with his starting formation of a 3-4-3 in the first half. A lineup that proved to be greatly advantageous to Mexico in the first half, as they possessed and were dangerous through most of it. The score could have easily been 3-0 at halftime, but finishing was lacking and only 1 goal was scored. A deflected shot by Layun. So even with a Jurgen gaffe Osorio could only get 1 goal.

Then in the 2nd half, Jurgen changed back to the 4-4-2 and advantage went back to the US. The US possessed, attacked and scored 1 goal during the 2nd half to tie the game. This occurred for much of the 2nd half and Osorio could not come up with a tactic change or some plan to recover control of the game. Chucky coming in brought some good speed on the counter, which almost led to a goal by Chicharito. The US was dangerous and Osorio didn’t have the answer.

The Rafa goal came off a set piece and Mexico won. The tradition is usually the USMNT scoring on set pieces because of lack of “in the run of play” type goals and technical skill.

Another consideration, the weather was not super freezing as in other instances of this game. The Mexican team came in fully loaded with every european player. Osorio did have to deal with an injured Guardado and decided to start a Hector Herrera who hasn’t played well at Porto and did horrible in the 2nd half.

While this is a good win for Mexico, we all need to be level headed. A huge challenge is on the way in Panama, which could be an even harder game. Critical press statements shouldn’t be taken so sensitively by Mexican players such as Chicharito, but their true skill demonstrated on Tuesday night in Panama.

This Columbus win is a big deal! Not a huge deal or business as usual, but an important win to show respect for the US and what they have done since Bruce Arenas decided to play there.

Ep. 60: Dos a Zero Futbol Podcast – Preview of USMNT vs Mexico!

The time has come to face the USMNT in Columbus, Ohio! A place where Mexico has never won and has a string of 2-0 losses. Inspiring our self-deprecating title for this podcast. 😀 We discuss the tactics, players, Osorio and predict results. We had some great callers this episode, Tomas from Chicago, good insight from Daniel (a friend of John’s) and even Pancho Villa’s own, Sergio!

 

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