I am comfortably enjoying a mini vacation here at South Padre Island, and, in all honesty, this is the first time I have turned my computer on since this weekend. My views are nice, the sun is nice, the breeze is better, and the gulf waters are perfect. It’s been a nice few days.
A lot of folks in the bigsoccer family seem to think that Mexico’s current crisis shall pass, and it very well might. Mexico has played their toughest road tests and they have 4 games left at home. Javier Aguirre is convinced that the Magic number will be 18 points. So if Mexico wins all their games at home, they have to win once on the road. Costa Rica or T&T?
I did find it funny that Chivas boss, Jorge Vergara, the Daniel Snyder of Mexican futbol, recently spoke out about the Tri’s current state.
Nothing like a little revisionist history to help you sleep at night. What Vergara fails to mention is that he was the one (along with Mexico’s TV networks), that spearheaded Hugo Sanchez’ ouster after failing to qualify for the Olympics. What was at stake? Was Mexico really a medal favorite? Not really. But since Mexico has very few chances to win medals, the TV stations pinned their ad revenues on the futbol in Beijing. No Mexico, not as much revenue. Someone had to pay. Sanchez did – with his head. It was also Vergara who spearheaded the hiring of SGE, believing Mexico could benefit from the experiences of an elite coach. To his credit, it was also Vergara who admitted that the Swede was a failed experiment and moved forward to bring in Aguirre. So three coaches later, Mexico is faced with the need to win 5 of the 6 games in the hex, and even that may not be enough.
And now Vergara wants to get to the bottom of why the Tri is the suck. Could it be a continuity issue, Jorge? Mexico may not have looked very good at times under Hugo, but they got results. And you wanted everyone to know that it was you that gave him the telefonazo to let him know that his services were no longer required.
Luckily for Aguirre, he will have a few friendlies and the Gold Cup to find the right combination of players to help him get those results. I, for one, would love to see him give some talented youngsters a look. Puebla’s Luis Miguel Noriega and Atlas’ Edgar Pacheco have the chops to replace Mexico aging (and slowing) midfield. It’s also the opportunity for Giovani Dos Santos and Carlos Vela need to boost Mexico’s anemic offense. Somebody has to do it. So it might as well be them. Mexico’s last three goals in the hex have come from the spot, after all.
So please, Mr. Ominlife, movie producer, get to the bottom of what ails Mexico. And when you start pointing fingers, be sure to point one at yourself.