Paul Aguilar

Someone's El Tri Questions Answered

With World Cup ticket in hand, Mexico now readies a roster for another crack at this beautifully maddening tournament. Despite the smooth qualifying process, Juan Carlos Osorio and his El Tri will have much to solidify and solve before Russia rolls along. To that end, I’ve answered questions about this team, its manager, and the region in general. I’ve meticulously compiled these fictitious questions from potential readers. Thanks as always.

 

Who is Mexico’s best option at the holding midfield role? (Fred – Lincoln, NE)

The Positives of Chile 7 - Mexico 0

Mexico’s drubbing at the hands of eventual champions Chile left many a Mexico supporter devastated. It was the worst loss Mexico suffered in anything anyone cared about. It hurt.

Beware the Friendlies of March

This week Miguel Herrera announced his Mexican national team roster for the upcoming friendlies with Ecuador and Paraguay.  Obviously, this roster doesn't carry the weight of a World Cup roster or even a Gold Cup roster. It is a group preparing for two March friendlies.

Two National Teams

One summer. Two big tournaments.

Mexico is faced with fielding a national team for this summer's Gold Cup and Copa America.  While it would be nice to bring Mexico's best possible eleven to each tournament, it is unreasonable and not particularly nice for those selected players. There isn't a long offseason for soccer players; filling it with two separate international tournaments is a bit much.

Winners, Losers, and Lost: Week 2 - A14

Each week this column will look back at the results from the weekend in Liga MX. It will heap praise on the Big Winner, lament for the Big Loser, and ridicule something that appears to be Completely Lost based on the weekend's action.   

The Big Winners: Chivas

The Five Under-the-Radar Facets of Mexico's World Cup

Getting off to a strong start in this World Cup was always a possibility for El Tri - just not one that seemed very likely. I dare not rehash the tales of woe that constituted the qualifying campaign or the statistics on the numbers of managers that were in place. I will just say that Mexico have turned it on when it was most needed.

The Famously Incomprehensive Croatia Preview

A breakdown of just a few things you'll need to know ahead of Mexico's match with Croatia.

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.

Mexico Reimagined

The Mexican national team is in trouble. They have chosen a path that is fraught with peril. This is not a road less traveled type of situation here. There will be no fringe benefits; this won't make them tougher. El Tri are headed down the path of the bad ending in a Choose Your Own Adventure book. It's going to get ugly, and unlike the reading of those literary relics, there are no re-dos. El Tri have made their bed ...

The State of El Tri: March 18, 2013

 

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