Mexican Standoff

It was gonna happen, but I didn’t think it was going to happen this quick. In a response to last week’s public spanking, Rafa Marquez sent a strongly worded letter to the heads of Femexfut.

Some highlights:

The insistence that team matters be decided privately, not publicly, as they had been done in the past.

Asking for the removal of National Team Director, Nestor de la Torre, whom the players feel has been consistently overstepping his authority in the guise of order, discipline, projects, and results.

He wonders aloud how it is that certain details of Mexico’s training are somehow leaked to the same media outlet and have been ever since de la Torre took over.

The 13 suspened players wish not to be called up for any official matches or friendlies until the FMF gets it together.

Lastly, the players under no circumstances want the letter to be leaked to the press.

Guess what happened?

Record, the Daily Sun of Mexican media, has been the outlet that has been breaking all these stories. Coincidence?

Of course, the Mexican press couldn’t believe their luck. Another week to bash these ingrates who had the nerve to get together in a Monterrey hotel after “according to the document we received it clearly stated that the call-up was concluded after our post-game dinner.”

They have been called undisciplined, traitors, losers, spineless, pathetic… the list goes on. One guy even criticized the letter as poorly written. Better hope no one ever watches you play soccer, Faitelson.

Chivas owner, Jorge Vergara, pledged his unconditional support for de la Torre. Why wouldn’t he? Vergara is the one who installed de la Torre in the first place. Mr. Chiva went on to say that “being named to the national team is the highest honor any Mexican can attain. Who want to give his arm or a leg to play for the National team.

“If a player arrogantly refuses a call-up, then he should be punished by never being called up again because if a player rejects a call up, then he’ll want one coach over another, one ball over another, or whether or not he wants to play.”

As you can see, the national team is very sacred for FMF. It’s a sacred cash cow. What other national team in the world plays more games? All national teams have sponsors, but is there any other that has an official diarrhea medicine?

After Mexico’s disappointing World Cup, it came to be known that the Green-feathered Tri national team shirt was Adidas’ number 1 world-wide best seller. What do you think was more important to FMF? The answer was pretty clear when the chairs were reelected.

So now that both parties have dropped trou and gotten the rulers out, what's next? Well, it would help to name a coach. What is the point in playing friendlies with not one, but two interim coaches? Of course, de la Torre will dropped like 8am biology the minute any sponsor has second thoughts about their patronage. Economic hits take precedence over anything that happens on the field. Ask Hugo Sanchez.

As a fan, I have always said that Mexico’s biggest obstacle to becoming a great national team is itself. And this is just another prime example.