Burning Bridges

It looks like Nestor de la Torre may not be picking his battles wisely. The FMF National team director went public earlier this week in announcing sanctions for 13 national team players, who according to him had broken some rules and regulations by having a party. Or did they? Let's say that the bridge has been officially scorched.

ESPN's John Sutcliffe reporeted yesterday on his blog that the players had recieved notice that their national team commitment ended after the Colombia game. He heard this from several players

He is not the only one reporting this.

Now we have word that the players have come together to register their own list of complaints to the heads of the FMF, including their strained relationship with one Nestor de la Torre (whom I am guessing they fell completely betrayed them). Of course, this letter won't see the light of day.

Nothing is ever what it seems in Mexican Futbol, so what is the underlying current here?

Why was Nestor trying to flex his muscle? Is it because he wants to prove that he is not a Televisa yes man? Well good luck with that. Does he know that his days are numbered, and would rather leave scorched earth than a solid foundation in place? It is the Mexican way, after all.

If Nestor survives (he won't), the chances are pretty high that there will be a gaggle of players that will need some heavy duty persuasion to be convinced to play summer tournaments. His power play could also cost his brother, Chepo, a chance to coach the team. We'll see.

They are told that wearing the green shirt means so much, it is an honor yada yada yada.

It means a lot, there is no doubt. A lot of cash.

Don't believe me? Mexico was the team that had the longest training camp of any other side before the World Cup. But they weren't training. They spent most of that time filming commercials for the FMF's numerous sponsors and fulfilling contractual obligations to play friendlies in the US.

If footie was decided by the number of sponsors, Then Mexico would be a top 5 team. But sadly for Mexico, it is decided by well coached, talented players coming together to put a ball in a net.

Maybe one day, the FMF will realize that.

Imagine how much money they could make then.