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Separation Anxiety

This season started with the normalcy one would expect in recent years. Many teams looked good. There was a hint of resurgence from some. There were the dregs of the league performing justly. And the power of the league resided in Monterrey.

Rayados, under the leadership of Antonio Mohamed, looked to be back in the driver's seat in the league. Their form had been growing for a few seasons. Their acquisition of big time South American talent was paying off. Mohammed imposed his physical nature and defensive organization on a squad that had lost its way. Rayados were again Rayados.

Friendly Choices

June is coming. A trip to Brazil and the pressure of the world's biggest tournament will also come in quick succession for the Mexican National Team. Like an impending storm, the World Cup won't wait for El Tri to be ready.

Top Stories of Week Ten

Bottom-level Tigres stun league-leading Cruz Azul


Tigres haven't given us much of anything to applaud until this weekend, when they handed league leading Cruz Azul their first loss of 2014. The Azul y Blanca have managed to go nine games without losing a match or their spot at the top of the table, but an early penalty got Tigres on the board in under 10 minutes, and despite a hard pressing effort, Cruz Azul were unable to pounce back.

Seeing Through the Friendly Mirage

If there's anything that ardent soccer fans know, it is that it's always trouble to read too much in to a friendly. They can be highly deceiving. The chances that this type of exhibition match has lasting carry-over to the matches with increased weight is pretty low. Yet, for supporters of the Mexican national team there was plenty to pleased with from this match. If for no other reason, we finally saw an El Tri that resembled something from the past. This looked like a team capable of scoring and winning matches. This was the antithesis of Chepo Ball 2013. They were fun to watch.

Mexico's Forward for the Future

 

Finding positive signs on the horizon for the Mexican National team requires no investment of hope or exaggeration.  The recent successes of the U-17, U-20, and mostly U-23 Olympic squad point to a bright future. The emphasis on the youth ranks has contributed to a class of young Mexican players that not only possesses great skill but has also been instrumental at the club-level.   Diego Reyes and Hector Herrera have been locked down for summer transfers to Porto. Javier Aquino made the jump to Villareal in Spain. More are sure to follow.

The State of El Tri: March 18, 2013

 

Failure to Launch

Last night, the Mexican National Team began their play in the final qualifying round (The Hex) for next year's World Cup. They hosted Jamaica at the Estadio Azteca in front of a late arriving crowd. The crowd was not the only group of Mexicans who arrived late to the match. The players came out on to the field and put on a pathetic performance. Jamaica was able to grind out a scoreless draw with nearly as many quality scoring chances as the home team.

Solid Gold

Success in team sports can be attributed to many things. One of the most redeeming ways in which teams win is when they find a way to come together and play as a true team. If a group of individuals can come together as a collective unit to execute a single plan of execution, something beautiful can transpire. Saturday’s gold medal match was a great display of two teams on the opposite end of this spectrum.  Mexico played a great game that exemplified team play and hard work, Brazil ... not so much.

Game of Golazos

This afternoon Wembley was host to a match between two teams fighting to reach the finals of a major tournament. The match featured two teams struggling to advance by playing enjoyable, attacking football. Needless to say, although hosting, England wasn’t involved in this one. Mexico entered today’s semifinal having scored the most goals in the Olympic competition. Japan had not allowed a single goal through their four matches. This made for an interesting clash and led to some amazing goals.
Japan opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

The Final Five

Soccer matches run little more than ninety minutes. Often contained therein are various swings of momentum, a general ebb and flow. Today, two matches were turned on their heads in the final five minutes. 
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