A full panel of gents, discuss the Copa Oro performance by Mexico, Tata, Pizarro. Also delve into a bit of LigaMX news, with Gio going to America, and more! Thanks for listening.
John, Joel, Jaime and Albert discuss the current state of El Tri going into the Gold Cup. Two friendlies are down and the CONCACAF tourney is soon to begin. We discuss the Tata love and compare him with Osorio hate. We discuss possible backlash if things don’t go well for Tata and El Tri. Also the influence of Cesar Menotti. Finally we also talk a bit about rumors and Chivas attempt at refuerzos! Thanks for listening!
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.