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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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]

México Dominates Guadalupanos

No, not the followers of my native land’s most famous idol (below),
Virgen de Guadalupebut rather the team from the tiny French region of Guadeloupe.

Granted, such domination only earned my paisanos only a 2-0 vic.

As much as I’d like to hem and haw over México’s inability to trounce the representative team from a tiny archipelago that isn’t even a member of FIFA, I won’t since a win is a win and said win gave México first place in 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup’s Group C.

The tone of this post will be positive, why? Because noted Mexican whipping boys, Gerardo Torrado and Miguel Sabah scored the only goals in the match (Torrado’s strike was a golazo).

I have been known to  anguishing over the decision to give Torrado the Captain’s armband.

Dude just makes too many mistakes with the ball. His passes are errant, turnover is his middle name, ok ok I’ll stop, gotta stay positive. As for Sabah, he’s new to El Tri and he’s wasted more scoring opportunities than, oh never mind.

On a positive note, it is becoming obvious that every time midfielder Giovanni Dos Santos touches the ball, something magical has the potential to transpire. He is a bona fide playmaker, now the only thing that stands between 2-0 victories and 6-0 beatdowns is a competent man or two up front to consummate the opportunities Gio generates.

By the way, it’s about time to see goalkeeper Memo Ochoa make the type of save during a match that he only makes in Allstate commercials (around the 0:31 mark),

How weird is it that the altar at the beginning of the commercial could easily be one dedicated to the idol at the top of the post?