Vela, Gio, and Pina Need to Take the Reins While USA Gets it Done

First of all, apologies for the lack of blogging. I have been vacationing in the Western Carolina mountains. The weather is wonderful (but then, anything less than the 100 it is in Austin feels fantastic). The Smokies are absolutely beautiful. Except for the 2000 steps I climbed to see Chimney Rock, the trip has been unforgettable. Did I mention that the golf courses are second to none? $20 green fees to play an immaculate mountain course? Consider my arm twisted. Now on to the footy.

Mexico’s young pair of Giovani Dos Santos and Carlos Vela scored 3 of the 4 goals in Mexico’s 4-0 Georgia romp over an outclassed Vino Tinto. Another golden boy, Omar Arellano, got the fourth. Mexico desperately needs some scoring muscle, and the extremely talented trio have a perfect opportunity at this summer’s Gold Cup to consolidate themselves in Vasco’s starting line up. Who else will try to force their way on the starting line up for this August’s crucial qualifier against the US at the Azteca. Gio, in particular, played a great match. Darrel Royal once said someone with potential means he hasn’t done anything yet. Gio is ready to shake the label and take the next step.

Speaking of the US, congratulations to them for defeating the world’s best team. I did not watch the game, so I cannot speak to their performance, but it is great to see the Yanks make the most of the chance they got by beating Egypt on Sunday. I wonder if the Salomic chants for Bob Bradley’s head will ebb completely, or just until the next loss. Nevertheless, the US made a strong push to possibly get seeded in South Africa. A huge win, and a chance to get a trophy.

I’ll be back next week in earnest. Until then, I’ve still got Carolina on my mind.