Youth Helps USA Draw With Mexico 1-1

The US tied 1-1 with Mexico last night in Jurgen Klinsmann’s first game in charge of the national team.

First impressions were not positive as the U.S. were dominated by Mexico in the first half. Klinsmann sent the U.S. out in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but the U.S. could do little offensively in the first half, failing to even get a shot on goal. Mexico dominated possession and had the U.S. chasing shadows for most of the first half.

As in the Gold Cup Final, Mexico attacked the U.S. down the wings, and Edgar Castillo and Jose Torres on the U.S. left had trouble containing Pablo Barrera.


Chile Beats Mexico In Copa America

Chile came from a goal down to beat an under-strength Mexico 2-1 at the Copa America on Monday, while World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay also had to fight back to earn a 1-1 draw with Peru.

Uruguay’s draw means all three seeded sides at the tournament have failed to win their opening matches. Argentina drew 1-1 wit Bolivia, while Brazil’s opener against Venezuela ended 0-0.

For all the fanfare and hype leading into the Copa America the tournament has been a major disappointment so far as four of the six matches ending in draws. Colombia and Chile are the only sides to have won, both by a single goal.

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England Held By Mexico In World Cup

On a day of wonderful goals and woeful goalkeeping, Mexico had reason to celebrate at the Women’s World Cup.

A 30-yard blast from Monica Ocampo gave Mexico a 1-1 draw against England on Monday in Wolfsburg, the biggest surprise so far after two days of the three-week tournament. A superb curling free kick from star player Aya Miyama earlier sent Japan past New Zealand 2-1 in Bochum.

The deft scoring touch of Ocampo and Miyama was offset by the play of the goalkeepers for New Zealand and England that was hardly the stuff of brilliance.


Five Mexican Players Fail Drug Test

soldiersMexico’s chances of repeating as Gold Cup champions just got a whole lot harder with the news this afternoon that starting goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and four of his teammates have been removed from the Mexican national team after testing positive for the substance “Clenbuterol”.

In addition to Ochoa, the other players who failed the drug test are Francisco Javier Rodriguez, Antonio “Sinha” Naelson, Christian Bermudez, Edgar Duenas. They all face a possible suspension of up to a year.


Gold Cup Day 1: Chicharito Scores Hat-Trick For Mexico

The Gold Cup got underway last with a doubleheader in front of a sold-out crowd at the Cowboys Stadium. The fans got what they came for as they saw ten combined goals and blowout victories by two of the tournament favorites.

Costa Rica opened the Gold Cup with a 5-0 rout of Cuba. Los Ticos took an early lead as Marco Urena scored his first of two goals on the day in the seventh minute of the Group A match. Heiner Mora, Joel Campbell and Real Salt Lake’s Alvaro Saborio also found the back of the net in the win that kept Costa Rica undefeated against Cuba in four Gold Cup meetings.


Meet Mexico’s New Manager

Jose Manuel De La Torre has accepted the post as manager of the Mexico national team. The coach is fairly new to the business having only coached for five seasons, but the former Toluca Mexican league manager has seen excellent success during his brief new profession winning three league titles over the short span that started in 2006.

De La Torre will officially replace former manager Javier Aguirre, who left El Tris after they were eliminated in the second round of the World Cup in a controversial match against Argentina. Two interim coaches have managed the club through friendly matches since Aguirre’s post-Cup departure, but the club has struggled to achieve many positive results with only one victory out of their last four matches.


Mexico Suspends Two Players For Post Match Party

World Cup 2010 South Africa v MexicoCarlos Vela and Efrain Juarez have both been suspended by Mexico’s national soccer federation for six months of action and eleven other players were fined by the organization. The players apparently were punished for throwing a party in their Monterrey hotel after an exhibition match against Colombia on Sept. 7. Vela and Juarez must have been the masterminds that orchestrated the party because their punishment was much more severe then the other eleven players involved in the night of debauchery.

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US Looks Bad In Loss To Czechs

I know that the US national team is missing some folks, but the Czechs were too.  That also makes it hard to plan for an opponent in a match that REALLY doesn’t mean anything.  I can understand the issues there.  I really can.  However, what are we going to do come World Cup time?  You can’t lose 4-2 to a team that had just as many issues as you did–can you?

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Mexico’s World Cup Preview: Roster Grades


The Keeper

Ochoa will more than likely be the goalie this summer for Mexico and they also have a respectable backup in Corona.  All in all they have to be considered slightly above average in the net and their defensive unit should keep them in most matches.  Who knows though they might end up going with a failry unknown keeper in the net, but the best bet would be Ochoa playing for Mexico.

Grade: B – 

The Defense

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Mexico’s World Cup Preview: The Team


Mexico is historically the most successful club in the CONCAF division of the World Cup and the club rarely has failed to qualify for the event.  In fact this tournament will mark the fifth consecutive time that Mexico has qualified for the Cup and the club was able to advance to the second round of the event each time they made it.  Their two best World Cup appearances were in 1970 and 1986 when the nation hosted the event.  Both times Mexico finished in the final eight teams of the event.