We also had Dan
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.
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!
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.
Both coaches hampered by the non-FIFA date called upon mostly domestic players that are in preseason form, and it showed on the pitch. The US lined up on 4-2-3-1 formation that was anchored by Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones. Both had solid games but lacking precision. Most of the US attack began with Bradley starting the play deep, at times behind his center backs. The sloppy play led to a few good free kick chances for the Serbians, but ultimately leading to no real danger.
The first real chance came at the 19th minute just as Serbia began to enjoy some possession, Sacha Kljeston found Jozy Altidore outside of the box who headed the ball down into Jones’ path who blasted the half-volley wide. The spectators enjoyed several entertaining minutes of open play with the best chance of the first half at minute 25. Alejandro Bedoya sent a thru ball into the right side of the box which was crossed by Jones, the ball flashing tantalizingly in front of goal unable of finding anyone to break the deadlock.
The second half brought lots of substitutions, a few good chances, but no goals. The most impactful substitute for the US was Sebastian Lletget who immediately improved the midfield and began to combine well with Sacha and later Benny Felihaber who received the loudest reception from the 20,000 in attendance.
The surprise substitute was Sueño MLS winner, Jorge Villafaña who unexpectedly entered the match in the 70th minute. The Santos Laguna player was visibly excited after the match for the opportunity his new coach is giving him. With a likely start against Jamaica, Jorge will get his true audition for a chance to start in the must win home qualifier against Honduras.
Man of the match honors goes to Darlington Nagbe who was the US’s only consistent attacking threat. While Arena’s concerns at outside back remain unresolved his attacking options seems to have improved going into March’s qualifiers with Nagbe’s lively performance.
LigaMX is over and Liguilla is set. We were ready to enjoy some good ribbing of Monterrey’s failure to qualify for the post season tournament. Our fellow rayado, Fernando was not present, however. We dedicate “sad flute” song to him.
We did analyze the matchups and made predictions. We also talked Copa Libertadores and even the USMNT firing of Jurgen Klinsmann.
Our post game episode was a good one. Discussed were the US vs Mexico historic 2-1 game after a 4 game streak of the infamous dos a cero. We also talk the horrific Panama game and the rough tactics involved, a conservative Mexican team and bad field conditions.
We also talk the USMNT and how Jurgen is feeling some heat for starting the Hex with 2 losses. A fellow vato, Christian, gave us a call and expressed some thoughts and had a good chat. We have phone lines open for all. So be ready with your questions and comments for the next podcast.
Columbus, 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.
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!