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
Don’t be scared, boys. It’s only Brazil… and Neymar’s hair.
I’ll give it to you straight. This is not really a “friendly.” It’s a big effing “frenemy-ly.” Brazil is a great team on a wicked winning streak. But, come on! You’re no bunch of slouches either!!! And listen to that crowd… they scream PUUUUTO for you, not at you. Sure, this isn’t our field, but who’s kidding whom? Dallas?! This is no neutral field?? The people are on your side. Hear them. Feed off them.
So… Man up, uncover yourselves and let Chicharito lead the attack.
Those are brave men knocking on our door. Let’s go kill them!!!
Mexico v. Brazil
Sunday, June 3
3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
- Brazil vs. Mexico: Why Fans Should Be Interested in International Friendly (bleacherreport.com)
- Brazil vs Mexico Friendly 2012 Soccer Live US Tour Schedule (footballtransfer.blogspot.com)
- Mexico vs Brazil at Cowboys Stadium Most Expensive Mexico Soccer Game on U.S. Soil (seatgeek.com)
It felt like a long time ago that I was going crazy, practicing my zen approach and biding my time between the sporadic Mexico National Team appearances. Now, I have the opposite problem. It’s raining games left and right between the main team, Olympic team and others. How do you keep up with everything? With UNIVISION and an expanded cable sports package, that’s how.
Let’s start with a recap of the junior team, Los Chamaquitos. The kids went to France and represented! Just today the plucky crop of futboleros took the final at the Toulon Tournament by beating Turkey 3-0.
The Chamacos (main selection) have also been pretty busy. Last weekend, they played against Wales in New Jersey (and won). On Thursday, they played a more formidable team in Bosnia & Herzegovina (and won). And on Sunday, they play a friendly against Brazil (and will win). Wishful, I know. But who’s going to root against their team? Que tonterías.
Then, next week the Road to World Cup 2014 starts with a game against El Salvador on June 8.
And a shoutout to all my family in Torreon and the Santos victory.
And the start of Euro Cup 2012!!!!
See why it’s a good time to be a fan.
A complete schedule of upcoming games for all teams is available on el TRI’s facebook page. Just click here.
PHOTO: Carlos Salcido celebrating 100th appearance for TRI, before Thursday’s friendly against Bosnia-Herz.
- Brent Latham: Mexico using summer friendlies to build depth (goal.com)
- Chicharito bails out Mexico in 2-1 win over Bosnia (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- Marquez injured, could miss Mexico’s June World Cup qualifiers (soccerbyives.net)
- Toulon Tournament: Mexico remain the team to beat after hammering Holland 4-2 (101greatgoals.com)
Mexico begins its 2012 season and its road to the World Cup 2014 tonight with a friendly against Venezuela in Houston. Since 1938, Mexico has never lost to Venezuela (7 wins, 2 ties). But, the winds are changing in South America and Venezuela should not be taken lightly. Chepo, take note. When a dominant team enters a competition with swagger galore, the team that’s most-written-off is the one that’s out to prove itself. They’re the Cinderellas. They inspire motion pictures. March madddness, anyone?
Enough of sports crossover analogies. Back to my footy obsession.
Mexico called up a completely domestic team to kick off the new year. There’s no Chicharito, no Gio, no Memo, no Rafa (note: There actually is a Rafa Marquez but he’s not The Rafa Marquez). All the players currently play in Mexico’s league and are mostly a bunch of young’uns.
Here’s some game info for those interested in seeing it. (Keep me in the loop since I’ll probably be watching the Laker v. Clipper action tonight. Just kidding… I’ll flip channels)
UNIVISION 6 p.m. PST
PHOTO (from top): Taken by me during World Cup 2010 in South Africa; Chuy Corona standing proud pre-head-butting.
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?
Chícharito! You’ve just won your first Cup victory with El Tri, taken the MVP award and the golden boot to boot. What are you going to do now?
Maybe he won’t go to Disneyland… but he was in Southern California this weekend. It’s not a far detour.
Though he didn’t score any goals in the final match against the USA, he did score seven of Mexico’s 22 goals throughout the tournament.
Like he said in an Univision video (at 58 seconds): “Aquí lo que importa es que ganamos, aquí no importa quien meta los goles… al contrario, [importa] quien está ahí para poder apoyar ya sea dentro o fuera de la cancha.”
Translation: What matters here is that we won, not who scored the goals. On the contrary, what matters is who is there to be able to support either on or off the field.
Gold Cup is now in the rear view. On the horizon, Sub-17 World Cup, Women’s World Cup, Copa America and Brazil 2014. Yo Chícharito, do you think México will take that Big Cup?
¿y por qué no?
- México, adiós Copa Oro y bienvenida Copa América — Univision
Today, Chicharito turns the big 2-3. What do you get a guy that became the first Mexican to play for Manchester United…??? A guy who scored in his first World Cup appearance…??? Scored against Golden Glove-d Iker Casillas in a bicentennial game…??? Has won over ManU and named fan favorite of the year…???
Well, if your on the Mexican national squad, the best gift you can, and did, give your countryman was a W.
In the last friendly before the start of the Gold Cup, Mexico held its own against New Zealand. The final score was 3-0. That, however, does not tell the full story. It was not a 3-0 game. And no, it was not a much closer game. It actually should have been around 6-0.
And that is not my Mexican pride taking this post on hyperbole road. I will flat-out blame TRI players for not converting those extra three (maybe four) goals. This was New Zealand (60th overall) after all, not Spain (1st).
Instead of a cake, the players gave Chicharito a much better gift–confidence going into this weekend. Here´s hoping it helps!
Here is a photo gallery of some snaps of this beloved futbolero