El Tri

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.

Mexico's Opportunity at the Confederations Cup

Hello! You look lost and weary, oh soccer jersey-wearing traveler. What brings you to Rio de Janeiro? A Mexico fan?! You must have the blood pressure of an angry Joe Pesci from "Goodfellas." I can't even begin to imagine the amount of expectations and televisions that have been broken due to their form. Never have I seen a team fluctuate and oscillate so much since their wonderful Gold Cup victory in 2011. The same victory which bought them a ticket to this very competition they are about to partake in.

Failure by Design: The Chepo Qualifying Campaign

When problems arise with the results of a team, when expectations aren't met, theories pour in from all corners. Multiple targets for blame will be found, deserved or not.  Everyone will have a shot at pinpointing the problems. Someone will eventually get it right, or more than likely, everyone will have piece of the problem identified. It's a normally a mixture of factors that leads to a team falling short of their potential. So, we guess and get some things right. But it's always a little mysterious. That's sport. We don't always know the answers.

World Cup Qualifying: Has It Always Been This Scary?

We're only three games into qualifying, and the worries have already begun (I'm not helping, I worry too much as well). People have been questioning Chepo, the team selections, and most all, the likelihood of Mexico still finishing in the top three. As it stands, Mexico are sitting uncomfortably at the fifth spot in the Hex. Optimists will tell you that they're only two points from the top, pessimists will tell they're one point from the bottom, and realists will tell you that they're not moving anywhere until June 4th.

Estadio Azteca review

Wrote a review of Estadio Azteca for Stadium Journey, Read it here.

Mexico's Forward for the Future

 

Finding positive signs on the horizon for the Mexican National team requires no investment of hope or exaggeration.  The recent successes of the U-17, U-20, and mostly U-23 Olympic squad point to a bright future. The emphasis on the youth ranks has contributed to a class of young Mexican players that not only possesses great skill but has also been instrumental at the club-level.   Diego Reyes and Hector Herrera have been locked down for summer transfers to Porto. Javier Aquino made the jump to Villareal in Spain. More are sure to follow.

The State of El Tri: March 18, 2013

 

The State of El Tri: March 1, 2013

 

Failure to Launch

Last night, the Mexican National Team began their play in the final qualifying round (The Hex) for next year's World Cup. They hosted Jamaica at the Estadio Azteca in front of a late arriving crowd. The crowd was not the only group of Mexicans who arrived late to the match. The players came out on to the field and put on a pathetic performance. Jamaica was able to grind out a scoreless draw with nearly as many quality scoring chances as the home team.

Aquino ... Not Here

 

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