Two Niños Héroes Help México Destroy Team USA

No, not Juan Escutia and Fernando Montes de Oca, but wunderkinds Carlos Vela (below left) and Giovanni Dos Santos (below right). Boy, the look on Troy Perkins’ face just summarizes the second half Team USA had.

Vela Dos Santos

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Finally, after 10 agonizing years of Mexican fútbol futility on U.S. soil, El Tricolor de todos los Méxicanos got over their bitter rivals from the North, with a 5-0 drubbing in yesterday’s Gold Cup final due largely to the efforts of these 2 blossoming stars.

Something has been wrong with México since the conclusion of the 2007 Copa América, I believe now that that something has been swagger.  Well, even though this was neither America’s or México’s main team, I believe this win gives my countrymen a great big boost of confidence.

While there are a million things I can say the best course of action is to let these glorious highlights speak for themselves,

I will reiterate something I shared with my compadres who I watched the game with.  I like the chances of Gio and Vela delivering a World Cup title to México, but one thing at a time.

Next up:  August 12th at Azteca where Team USA has never beaten México, and where I can assure you that the Star-Spangled Banner won’t be sung by nearly the amount of people who sang México’s national anthem last Sunday at Giants Stadium.

Giants Stadium will now be known as Azteca North. Here’s a shot from Sunday:
Azteca North

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México 2, Belize 0: Mini-Flags, Plastic Shofars, and Meximullets, Oh My!

Went with my pops and my youngest sister to last Sunday’s World Cup qualifying match here at Reliant Stadium between my beloved Tri and Belize. Took my trusty Kodak Z740 and took some shots of the game.

As to El Tri’s performance, they did not play as well as their talent level would suggest. Yes they did win, but their inability to finish around the box was glaring. Arsenal wunderkind Carlos Vela (below) played up front for most of the match and missed a clear put back.

Vela did redeem himself later by nudging in a rebound off a free kick for Mexico’s first (and winning) score. Here he is celebrating that score with some of his teammates,

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