Do you remember that we used to win? I do.
It’s OK if you don’t remember
Let’s face it, TRI-istas. It’s been a rough summer. So harsh that I’ve nearly given up trying to keep up with all my commentary. Mainly, I’ve resorted to sharing my foul-mouthed two cents with they guy next to me at the bar, nursing our wounds and our beers together.
PERO BASTA YA!
The pity party must end. We must get our shit together because it’s not over. On Tuesday, with a new coach, el TRI faces its second-leg game against the U.S. This is a movie script waiting to happen — rise from the ashes. Rise, guerreros. RISE.
It has been more than 30 years since Mexico failed to qualify for a World Cup. We are an institution at these events. We are a serious presence, both vocally and physically. We travel for our team. We pack stadiums. We inflict our lovably crude fandom on others. We land like locusts in cities and buy out all merchandise. We keep economies humming.
That means that if we fall short, more than just Mexico fans will be crying into their tequila and singing sappy mariachi songs with the guy next to them at the bar. You all will.
PHOTOS: Top two are from the London Olympics 2012, where Mexico took home the gold medal; Chuy Corona celebrates during a World Cup qualifying match against Guyana; Julio Gomez during the drama-filled U17 World Cup in 2011; the 2011 Gold Cup winners.
- Mexico fires De la Torre after Honduras loss (nbcsports.com)
- Mexico in a great deal of trouble after losing to Honduras at Azteca (prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com)
- Mexico vs. Honduras: 6 Things We Learned (bleacherreport.com)
And sometimes, more words are needed!
No manches, güey
No mames, güey
No chingues, güey
En serio, güey?
No friegues, güey
No puede ser, güey
Que pedo, güey
Se la perdio, güey
Photo from Récord
What the frack is wrong with this picture??!!!!?
The top three regional teams automatically qualify for Brazil 2014. The fourth-place team is on the bubble and has to play against another confederation team to secure a spot.
Mexico has had a lackluster start to CONCACAF hexagonal play, which has put it squarely below average in standings. It has a measly 2 points. We need a win and it needs to happen TODAY.
And with all the pressure on them, TRI hosts the US team in Estadio Azteca. Fingers crossed the crowd doesn’t start booing the home team again. Bring your umbrellas. Beer and pee will rain down from 7,900 feet.
- Mexico vs. USA, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Pressure all on El Tri (sbnation.com)
- US journeys to ‘hell’ in Mexico (sports.yahoo.com)
- Zac Lee Rigg: For the first time, Chepo looks uncomfortable as Mexico boss (goal.com)
Yep. That’s kinda how we all feel, Maza.
Yesterday, during the hexagonal kickoff match against Jamaica in Estadio Azteca, Mexico put on such a lackluster show and failed to capitalize on its home-field advantage. You’re playing in the clouds practically (7,900-foot elevation)!! MAKE THEM RUN.
It got so bad that fans started booing our own team and cheering every time Jamaica had the ball. I’m sure the captain didn’t appreciate any of that.
We scraped by with 1 point, by the grace of God. Read: By the blessings of Jesus.
Jose de Jesus Corona was the one person responsible for keeping Mexico, the regional leader, from falling oh-so-hard from grace. Aside from that spectacular diving save, Chuy had a few more moments where he punched out incoming shots and smothered balls during one-on-one breakaways.
Good stats, of course, for any goalie. But not when that goalie represents a team that has been on the rise. Get your shit together, guerreros. This isn’t a game anymore. It’s a fight to the World Cup.
PHOTO: Mexico captain Francisco ‘MAZA’ Rodriguez flipped off camera while Corona gives interview. Irony, here, is that Corona is the loose cannon you should watch out for off-field antics.
- Jamaica earns historic draw at the Azteca (examiner.com)
- Mexico, Jamaica Draw, 0-0, In Hexagonal World Cup Qualifying Round (huffingtonpost.com)
- Eric Gomez: Chepo’s stubborness leads Mexico to stinker at Azteca (goal.com)