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The Best and Worst of Mexican Soccer 2013

It was a great year if you support Mexico's most popular club team. It was pretty terrible, otherwise. El Tri was an abomination. Club America were the most successful club team and then managed to parlay that into a national team coup d'état. It was ugly.

Yet, it's the time for reflection and glossing over the past twelve months in a holiday cookie-fueled haze. So without further ado, I give you the best and the worst of Mexican soccer 2013 ...

A Bizarre Search for Answers: Watching Mexico vs New Zealand Simulations on FIFA 14

A few nights ago I was driving back home from work in an unusually good mood. Maybe it was the non-stressful day or the new and enticing beer which was waiting for me in my tiny fridge. Either way, I was the most content man driving at 10 p.m. after an eight-hour shift. The freeway was empty and there was something eerily cool about that desolate road. Especially when that freeway is usually filled bumper to bumper with angry hippies who risk cognitive dissonance with the amount of time spent in their vehicles on their way to work.

The Top 10 Ways for FMF to Destroy the Mexican National Team

The Federacion Mexicana de Futbol needs no help looking foolish. The collective decision-making of the federation along with the questionable moves by their employed managers have rivaled only the actual play of the footballers on the field for staggering heights of mediocrity and stupidity. Things haven't been going well.

Reading Between the Headlines

As we start to stomach the loss to Costa Rica and the questionable lucky pass to the playoffs, the media’s headlines and comments from higher-ups in the Mexican soccer world give us a window into the causes behind the mess the Tri has been during this qualifying season.

Rating Player Ratings

The international break is upon us. With that comes a wealth of high tension, low quality match-ups.  We also get treated to another round of Mexican soccer related heart palpitations. Who's excited to see another El Tri slog-fest?  Nobody? Ok, then.  I could give you the line-up options for Vucetich. I could again call out the absurdity that is Maza and Torrado in the starting eleven. But I don't want to write it, and you don't want to read it. Yet, I still have a rant that's ready to be rolled out (release your deep sighs of relief now).

Carlos Vela: The Prodigal Son can stay in San Sebastian

Carlos V is again in the headlines stating that he’s ready to be called upon to represent Mexico. This drives the Mexican sports media crazy as they infest all the news outlets and TV time saying “Carlos Vela is now ready to come back to the national team.” But as the story goes though, once the list of called players comes out wouldn’t you know Carlos V (that’s what I am going to call him from here on out in this article because that’s what his name is on his jersey that he uses in Real Sociedad... must be a real big fan of the chocolate) declines the call to put the Green on.

Victor Manuel Vucetich - New Captain of the Tritanic

Don’t start playing "Nearer my god to thee" yet… for there is still a chance that Mexico can qualify to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It might be in a very embarrassing manner but nobody really cares how you got there when you are there, just ask France or Uruguay. The fact of the matter is that Mexico has used up all their “last” chances. After this past FIFA match date saw two losses in a row including the “Aztecazo II”, they really cannot go for anything less than a victory and try not to have the “Aztecazo III” in the same year.
 

Seeing Through the Friendly Mirage

If there's anything that ardent soccer fans know, it is that it's always trouble to read too much in to a friendly. They can be highly deceiving. The chances that this type of exhibition match has lasting carry-over to the matches with increased weight is pretty low. Yet, for supporters of the Mexican national team there was plenty to pleased with from this match. If for no other reason, we finally saw an El Tri that resembled something from the past. This looked like a team capable of scoring and winning matches. This was the antithesis of Chepo Ball 2013. They were fun to watch.

Moving On Up (from the B squad)

You would think that the last thing we would want to do is look back at the Gold Cup. Why would rational Mexico fans want to revisit an infamous tournament that was anything but a success? Isn't there a cognitive dissonance involved in this? Well, my educated and well-versed reader you are very right. The tournament was awful for Mexico but it's too simple to just ignore the last five games we played this month. It's too easy to just make "Fuera Chepo" t-shirts and call it a day. It's too elementary to write Javier Aguirre another desperate letter.

The Questions and the Answer

The year that was filled with so much hope and promise for the Mexican National Team hasn't quite panned out that way. The positive momentum of the youth ranks, Olympics, and the earlier qualifying rounds has been replaced with angst and frustration. Mexico has so thoroughly underperformed this year.

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