El Tri Finally Lives Up to the Perpetual Hype

Perhaps it was the fact that they were playing in the new stadium of the Dallas Cowboys, easily the most over-hyped American professional sports team, but México finally played a game worthy of the hype that perpetually emanates from my native land.

They trounced the seemingly hapless Haitians yesterday in the Gold Cup quarterfinals, 4-0.

It’s hard to find any negative aspects to the way my countrymen played, heck even my favorite whipping boy, Capt. Gerardo Torrado, played a decent game. Miguel Sabah, Torrado’s heir to the throne in my whipping boy hierarchy, scored twice. What is this world coming to?

Most importantly, the guy who holds the keys to El Tri’s future, the electrifying Giovanni Dos Santos, had a stellar perfromance. He netted a spectacular goal right before the half.

Here’s a pic of right before he took the shot:
Gio

The Haitian players seemed overwhelmed by a relentless Mexican attack, but according to their coach Jairo Rios,

The biggest fear wasn’t Mexico. These players are used to playing in front of 2,000-5,000 people. With 80,000-plus cheering for Mexico, there were players whose legs were shaking.

This match was the first time since perhaps El Tri’s victory over Brazil in the 2007 Copa America that it was an unexasperating thing to watch this team. The passing was crisp and they were able to finish near goal. Let’s hope they can continue at this level all the way to the final where surely the Norteamericanos will be laying in wait.

By the way Cowboy Stadium looks great but I doubt that it will ever look better than this:

Mexico

Yes, the Mexican flag is gloriously displayed in what is the biggest high-def television in the world (160′ x 72′, 11,520 square feet).

You can watch the highlights in the following video:

[H/t on video: Soccer by Ives]

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