Thanks to HD and ability to pause live TV, I bring you this evidence. Look who’s wearing the captain’s armband…
- Been too long: Mexico national soccer finally back (fiatme.wordpress.com)
Proving there’s life after head-butting a coach, José de Jesús Corona is officially back on with the Mexican National Team.
He’s joining the sub-22s this month during the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
Kudos to one of our favorite (read: hottest) Mexican goalies. His track record with the national team has been spotty. Twice he’s been called up — for a World Cup, and most recently the Gold Cup — and both times he’s been booted because of his bad boy personality. Personally, we think that’s a plus. But apparently, in the power-player circles, it’s a no-no to make your point using your head. More so when that head is aimed at an opposing coach’s face. Ouch!
I’m also digging how introspective he is:
“Honestly, I did not know if I’d ever be back with the national team. I’ve been given a new opportunity and since I got the news, there’s been a big commitment on my part. I know that we are role models for many kids and fans, and it’s going to be important to demonstrate that at every moment.”
-From Univision article (link in Spanish)
Wait, so you’re saying this isn’t appropriate action for a role model?
After this month’s performance, I feel inclined to add Alfredo Talavera Díaz onto the roster of good-looking Mexican goalies. Of course, how they fare on the field isn’t a factor for entry into my super scientific list. But in this case, it helped out his cause. It’s not like I spend every weekend watching Toluca games on Galavision.
Talavera played five games, coming into the Gold Cup tournament after starter Memo Ochoa was suspended for testing positive for clenbuterol. <<But let’s back up. He was originally the third goalie after Ochoa and Chuy Corona of Cruz Azul. He moved up to second only when Corona’s invitation was rescinded. So it seems headbutting an opposing trainer is frowned upon.>>
In the last five games — which included two group, a quarter, semis and finals — Talavera ceded four goals to opposing teams. One was a fluke shot from Guatemala in the quarterfinals that came early on in the game. Instead of berating his defense, he patted them on the back and Mexico went on the attack for the next 85 minutes.
He showed the same grace under fire in the finals against the U.S. The stars-and-stripes came out to an early 2-0 lead. But again, pat the guys on the back, tell them its OK and make sure you keep them in the game by not allowing any more goals.
And in the end, you win the ultimate prize. Take a bow and welcome to the club.
PHOTOS from top: Alfredo Talavera receiving prize for best goalie of Mexico’s 2010 Bicentennial Tournament; Talavera training during the 2011 Gold Cup tournament, which ended Saturday with Mexico’s victory over the U.S.