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De la Torre sacked by Mexico

Mexico manager Jose Manuel de la Torre has been sacked following the 2-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying defeat to Honduras.

Saturday´s loss was their first in a home qualifier since 2001 and saw them lose ground on the automatic qualifying spots.

Mexico sit two points behind third-placed Honduras with three games to go, and currently occupy a position that would only be good enough for an intercontinental play-off place.

Their recent performances in qualifying matches - they had won one of their previous six, drawing the other five - had brought criticism of the manager and their first defeat of the campaign saw him lose his job after two years at the helm.

Oribe Peralta opened the scoring in the fifth minute against Honduras but goals from Jerry Bengtson and Carlos Costly saw the visitors leapfrog Mexico in the group.

A statement on the Mexican Football Association´s website confirmed that the 47-year-old had been relieved of his duties.

De la Torre had been in charge of the national side since 2011, including reaching the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup
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Mexico 1-2 Honduras: El Tri player rating

El Tri fell to only its second loss ever at home in World Cup qualifying against Honduras on Friday, with a dire second half display in which Los Catrachos came from behind to secure a famous 2-1 victory in the Estadio Azteca.

It all started so well for Mexico, with Oribe Peralta tapping in from a Giovani Dos Santos assist in the seventh minute to seemingly relieve the pressure on El Tri and coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre. But two goals in three minutes after the break from Jerry Bengtson and Carlos Costly mean Mexico -- clear favorites to qualify from CONCACAF before the Hexagonal started -– is struggling for a place at Brazil next summer.

Player ratings (Out of 10, 10 = best):

Jesus Corona, GK -- 4: Made a basic error for Honduras’ first goal when he spilled a shot he really should’ve either smothered or pushed wide of the post. Apart from that, the captain was solid, but he let his side and manager down when the pressure was on, not just because of Mexico’s situation in qualifying, but also because in-form Guillermo Ochoa refused to join the squad.

Severo Meza, RB -- 5: Hard to blame the Monterrey player for the defeat, but he offered little in the attacking half of the field and once again showed he isn’t the long-term solution in the position.

Hector Moreno, CB -- 5: Like Meza, made no obvious mistakes and his position isn’t under threat, but was part of an infamous defeat that will be difficult to erase from his memory. Perhaps could’ve covered better as Costly flew past Diego Reyes for his goal.

Diego Reyes, CB -- 3: A nightmare second half for the 20-year-old. Could’ve perhaps reacted quicker to Corona’s spill for Honduras’ first goal and was outmuscled as Costly burst through for the second. Showed his inexperience at vital times.

Carlos Salcido, LB -- 4: A quiet night for the former PSV left back, but he was in part culpable for Bengtson’s goal with a weak defensive header that led to the turnover.

Gerardo Torrado, CM -- 4: Did the dirty work well during the first half and will miss Tuesday’s vital game against the United States after picking up a yellow card, but could do little as Honduras wrestled control of the midfield in the second period.

Fernando Arce, CM -- 4: Started well, but, like Torrado, dropped his level in the second half. It wasn’t what was expected from perhaps one of the most consistent performers in the Liga MX.

Angel Reyna, AM -- 5: Showed moments in the first half of the kind of form he’s displayed with Veracruz recently, but couldn’t help put Honduras to the sword after Mexico’s first, when it looked like El Tri would roll over Los Catrachos.

Giovani Dos Santos, RW -- 5: Went missing after making the goal for Peralta. There were flashes of the brilliant form he has been showing with Villarreal, but these are games Dos Santos should now be starting to dominate.

Christian Gimenez, LW -- 5: Showed a good attitude in his first competitive game for Mexico. Pressured Honduras well as Mexico dominated the first 20 minutes, but couldn’t come up with a decisive play to break down Honduras’ defense.

Oribe Peralta, CF -- 5: Won the ball in midfield and finished with a tap-in for Mexico’s goal but was anonymous for long periods. Having said that, he was starved of supply, especially after halftime.


Substitutes:

Andres Guardado (for Gimenez, 56th) -- 5: Looked like he was playing in center midfield as one of Mexico’s starting stalwarts was dropped to the bench. With hindsight, Chepo will likely regret not picking the Valencia winger in the starting 11.

Javier Aquino (for Reyna, 65) -- 5: Like Guardado, often received the ball infield. Aquino headed against the bar as El Tri tried to claw back a point.

Javier Hernandez (for Torrado, 70) -- 5: Brought energy to the offense and forced a save from Noel Valladares with a left foot shot from outside the area, but was denied space as Honduras closed ranks late on.

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An ominous sign of things to come

It couldn´t get worse.

That, unfortunately, seemed to be the logic at many points when taking stock of Mexico’s fortunes in World Cup qualifying. Apparently El Tri wasn´t fully awake or energized against Jamaica, which resulted in a draw; then the USA was a tough defensive team that would not open up and play the game in the open field; then Costa Rica caught the Mexican players looking ahead to the Confederations Cup. The excuses for missed points kept piling up for Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre and his players.

Somehow, denying Mexico’s poor play became a weird sort of test. No matter how much evidence showed that Mexico was playing badly, it was disloyal to say so, with fans getting chastised for booing the coach.

It became politically difficult for other coaches in Liga MX to campaign for de la Torre’s job, though for many it would be a dream job. The federation waffled a bit on retaining the coach, but seemed to settle on the assumption that things would improve. The danger signals -- the lack of scoring, the Gold Cup elimination, the discord within the squad and the unprecedented issue of player holdouts -- were all ignored.

After all, Mexico had traditionally dominated Honduras in Estadio Azteca. Traditions do not play on the field, though. Neither do fans, no matter how many fit in the fabled venue.

That fact seemed lost when local pundits and even members of the team asked fans to support the squad, as if somehow that was the missing ingredient when, if present, would create a Mexico victory.

When Mexico took the early lead versus Honduras in the sixth minute, the lazy congratulations of rightness for thinking that matters had to improve even without making improvements seemed to be justified. El Tri looked lively and dominant. The pass from Giovani dos Santos to Oribe Peralta was sublime, and the finish was cool and controlled.

But as the minutes ticked by, the killer instinct was clearly missing for Mexico. The sense of urgency that was evident at the start of the match ebbed away. In the second half, the lackadaisical play emerged. Carlos Costly was allowed too much time on the ball in the box, and he loosed a hard shot that forced Jesus Corona into a diving save, knocking the rebound right to a curiously-unmarked Jerry Bengston.

Two minutes later, Costly did all the work on his own on a sizzling counterattack, shrugging off the marking of Diego Reyes as if the youngster was of no consequence, and burying his shot into the side netting of the goal.

Even when down a goal, with their qualification chances slipping away, Mexico continued to be embarrassingly passive. It was Honduras who had the game’s best missed chance in the 85th minute, when Bengston missed an absolute sitter that would have put Honduras even further ahead.

In the end, the cushion wasn’t needed. Mexico failed to mount any sort of comeback. The Honduran Aztecazo was complete.

That is, unless one counts the retorts of de la Torre in the press conference after the match, where he refused to consider resigning, avowing that the only failure is to stop trying. But when what one has tried various things that don’t seem work, the solution might indeed be to step aside and let someone who knows better try to fix things.

Yet de la Torre might not be as much to blame as those who have given him the authority he now wields.

Things couldn’t get worse, many Mexico fans believed. Now, with Mexico in fourth place in the Hex, a mere point above Panama, they are much worse. Even more daunting is the idea that there is another lower level easily possible. If the U.S. recovers from its own loss to Costa Rica and defeats Mexico, even the playoff chance for El Tri to get to Brazil could be gone or at least, at great risk.

Now is the time for reality, not panic, to set in. Mexico is in dire straits. To pull a result out of Columbus, where El Tri has traditionally struggled, will be extremely difficult. At least Mexico has learned the hard lesson from Honduras that tradition is ultimately meaningless, and perhaps that will inspire them to mount a shocker of their own, perhaps under the leadership of another coach.

The worst of all scenarios would be for Mexico to miss out on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. But that’s what happens when situations are ignored when there are merely bad. They get worse. Then the worst is just around the corner.
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Sacking Chepo may be too little, too late

MEXICO CITY -- After Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez vacated the Estadio Azteca podium Friday night, it took about 45 minutes for Jose Manuel de la Torre to appear in front of the media and offer his piece. A 2-1 loss to Honduras at home, Mexico´s first in a World Cup qualifier at the fabled stadium since 2001 (to Costa Rica), was the El Tri manager´s cross to bear. Once the former Chivas and Toluca boss appeared, rumblings that he had been fired immediately after the match were temporarily silenced.

"Failure is when you stop trying, when you give up towards reaching a goal," a defiant De la Torre said. "I won´t quit, because it has cost me so much to get here." It would turn out his future was out of his hands. The decision had been made, and, about 2:30 a.m. local time Saturday, the Mexican soccer federation sent out a terse statement confirming Chepo had been fired.

Just four days before El Tri is scheduled to take on the United States in Columbus, Ohio (8 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN/Watch ESPN), a massively difficult place for it to win, Luis Fernando Tena has been asked to take the reins and has been tasked with Mission Impossible. Tena´s first job? Lift the spirits of a team that has been dragged through the mud by fans, media and yes, even its former boss.

Only a miracle in Columbus would assure Tena continuity in the face of a World Cup qualifying campaign that has gone from seemingly effortless to an absolute nightmare in just six months. Candidates lining up to take the job on a more permanent basis include former Monterrey boss Victor Manuel Vucetich, current Club America coach Miguel Herrera and former Athletic Bilbao and Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa.

The next step is to kindly ask Mexico´s best player (and yes, CONCACAF´s best player, by far) Carlos Vela to come back and save a sinking ship. The Real Sociedad man has single-handedly put his team in the Champions League, and, after Friday´s game, cheekily retweeted a TV host´s desperate plea for his return.

Third, Mexico must gather at least seven points from its remaining matches. Honduras, despite all the furor around its win at Azteca, still must beat Panama, which is one point behind Mexico and would love to choke out at least a draw in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday to force the issue. A home win for Honduras would virtually lock up a spot in Brazil for that team.

Finally, and perhaps most frighteningly, Mexico has to realize that, much like in 2001 and 2009, things are now officially out of its hands. Javier Aguirre saved El Tri twice in those aforementioned years, now the Espanyol boss won´t come anywhere near the national team for obvious reasons. The best-case scenario is a drop in form for a suddenly revitalized Honduras combined with a Mexican resurrection.

The more realistic projection is that Mexico will play against New Zealand later this year in a winner-take-all playoff that could dismally end El Tri´s hopes to go to Brazil 2014 after a heap of drama. Now, more than ever, the writing is on the wall: Mexico could miss the World Cup for the first time in 24 years, just one year after winning the Olympic gold medal against Brazil and the likes of Neymar, Hulk and Marcelo in London.
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Replacing Chepo, and betting on Tena

MEXICO CITY -- Rudeness. Perversion. Abuse. It is still the modus operandi of Mexican soccer.

Justino Compean and Hector Gonzalez Inarritu authorized Chepo de la Torre to appear at a news conference which ended up in complete deceit.

They, after the defeat with Honduras by 2-1, after the second Aztecazo event in history, knew that Chepo was doomed. They not only fooled the coach, but also abused of their own fans.

At 2:48 a.m. Mexico City time (3:48 a.m. ET), the bulletin was released, pretending to be unnoticed, by the FMF, announcing that the man who said he would not quit because it would be a failure (even more?) had been fired by Justino Compean.

Saturday, Compean faced the public at a news conference, at this time when Mexican soccer, once again, is the laughingstock of CONCACAF.

Saturday, Compean introduced Luis Fernando Tena, after a great deception, a trick; hence his modus operandi of making Chepo and Mexican fans believe that there would be no changes until after the game with the United States.

The situation is critical. Mexico needs to win at least six out of nine possible points to ensure a place in the classifying round, and this depends even more on direct results, because even arithmetic formulas point out that if it wins the nine remaining points, it may be forced to play in New Zealand.

Can Luis Fernando Tena do it? Al least his results have always been favorable.

At least Tena has won four out of five tournaments in which he has taken part, and his only stigma is the Copa America, where his project was sabotaged by party-goers Jonathan Dos Santos and Marco Fabian, who brought prostitutes to the team hotel in Quito, Ecuador.

But Tena won the Olympic gold, the first one in Mexico´s soccer history, and he did it before 65 per cent of the original professional Brazilian team. He also won the Panamerican gold, the Toulon tournament and the pre-Olympic tournament, of course.

It is evident that he knows the team and that the players, at this time so guilty, so liable, so vulnerable as Chepo himself, live a period of regret, guilt, liability, and they are in the center of the lack of competitive shame.

That is, he has a willing team, ready to get rid of their own crimes, such as the execution of Chepo, apart from obvious tactic, professional and ethic offenses committed by the coach.

Do you remember that Chepo de la Torre once blocked the technical team supporting him, saying that if he left, all components would leave with him?

Do you remember that in this blog we warned of the divorce, in employment terms, of Chepo with his assistants and that he no longer listened to them or followed their recommendations, especially from Tena, who after winning the Olympic gold had obtained a higher popularity?

The only justifiable reason to delay the announcement of Chepo´s severance is that Compean and Inarritu were trying to persuade Tena to accept the position, because when a head is cut, it is buried together with the whole body.

Tena is staying and, according to the announcement, Yayo de la Torre, Chepo´s right hand, and Chava Reyes stay as well.

Perhaps they should have been treated as traitors?

Or did they understand that their highest responsibility, loyalty, obligation, commitment and debt was not with Chepo, but with the Mexican team and its fans?

Were they persuaded at the time that their loyalty was owed to the institution, despite being as damaged and unethical as the FMF is?

It is evident that as part of the technical staff, they should be treated with a certain degree of responsibility for what happened with El Tri, even the trust crisis and results, and the status of nearly rigor mortis in which Mexico is at the edge of missing the World Cup.

Let us not forget the story by ESPNDeportes.com reporter Hector Quispe: If Mexico does not go to the World Cup, it would imply losses for the national team and its associates, for nearly $600 million.

So, for Tena, it is an extremely difficult job; results should start to be seen this Tuesday against the United States in Columbus.

The target, the goal, the obligation, is to win nine out of nine points. And Tena knows that.

Certainly, he has nothing to lose, and plenty to win.

If he fails, the eternal guilty man will be the stubborn, arrogant and foolish Chepo. And if he manages to reach the World Cup, he will probably be a hero and will keep his position.

Ultimately, a pragmatic man in his everyday life and as coach, Tena only has to send the players to their position and take advantage, I insist, from that moment of regret, anxiety, fear, of soccer players, in order to fix the remains, ruins, or ashes of their own honor.

And what better opportunity than against the United States.
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Assessing El Tri´s options

In some ways, it´s a dream job -- a beloved national team with sterling youth team success and a growing tradition of importing players that regularly competes in top tournaments, especially the World Cup. Right now, though, it´s a nightmare in many ways, with Brazil 2014 qualifying in mortal danger, an intrusive and controlling federation, disgruntled fans, and boycotting players. Step right up, who wants to coach Mexico?

It´s a bit odd that the coach many mention as first in line to take on Mexico´s national team and save them from the staggeringly low CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Hexagonal point total of only eight gained by Jose Manuel ´Chepo´ de la Torre, was himself fired recently for -- wait for it -- failing to gain enough points.

In fact, Victor Manuel Vucetich was fired from Monterrey just seven games into the Liga MX 2013 Apertura season. Similarly, De la Torre was fired after having completed seven games of the Hexagonal for Brazil 2014. Yet in his matches, Vucetich led Monterrey to only six points, two less than De la Torre managed. Not exactly inspiring stuff.

Aside from that recent debacle, however, Vucetich has a quite respectable coaching record, with five league titles, two Copa MX championships and the only CONCACAF Champions League three-peat in history. He was actually the top candidate for the Mexico coaching post back in 2010 but, after meeting with federation officials, declined for supposed family reasons. It seems likely now that Vucetich instead balked at control issues associated with the national team and the powerful club owners that are part of the federation. He may have more leverage now to run the team as he would like, since the national team is in a desperate situation.

Another top contender for the El Tri post is Tomas Boy, a coach who is famous not for winning championships like Vucetich, but for often getting surprisingly good results out of squads many deemed poor in talent. Boy´s knack for doing well with an underdog squad was on display in Liga MX last season, when he took Atlas from relegation danger to the league playoffs. But Boy left the squad in May, however, for personal reasons, citing stress as part of the situation. Though the Mexican national team is a prestigious post for many coaches, it is not a tensionless job, so if Boy is looking to take a break from pressure, he may not be the ideal candidate.

Miguel Herrera has not only last season’s Liga MX championship to recommend him as a winner, but the fact that thus far, he has only improved in his coaching results since then. Club America is not only undefeated thus far this season in league play, but it also has a perfect record of winning every single match. Las Aquilas may have top talent due to big spending, but as Mexico’s national team has sadly proven, talent alone doesn’t get the job done. Herrera’s ambition and enthusiasm for the national post is also clear, and that’s an infectious and refreshing change from some coaches who are intimidated or otherwise way of the assignment. Club America, however, is on a quest for a record 12th title, and team directors on the FMF board may seek to block the loss of Herrera to the national team. Sadly, the politics of power are in play here.

Coaching maverick Marcelo Bielsa has long been in the running to take the post, though he may in fact be the rumored foreign coach that recently turned down an offer from the FMF. Bielsa is famous for his personal version of a ‘Moneyball’ training approach that analyzes statistics and video endlessly and holds different coaching sessions for different team positions. His approach is definitely a unique one, and though it may be ultimately the most effective for Mexico, it’s hard to see it working well in the very short time window that Mexico presently has.

Somehow, it’s not a true international coaching search unless Dutch maestro Guus Hiddink is in the mix, and so of course he is a possibility. Hiddink famously led South Korea, Australia and Russia to good results in the past. His credo of hard work and hard running could be a visceral wake-up call to the El Tri ranks. Due to his unexpected resignation from Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala in late July, Hiddink is available.

Of course, the FMF may hold off on a permanent coach for some time, leaving Luis Fernando Tena and the team to flounder or find their way as best as they can through the last of the qualifying games. If Tena works a miracle, he may indeed be a viable option to take the job permanently.

Other possibilities are perhaps ones with experience as direct as Tena’s. Hugo Sanchez, Ricardo LaVolpe, and even the grand old man, Manuel Lapuente, are all former coaches who have at various times expressed interest in another return to the helm of the squad. Perhaps it would be best indeed to turn to a person who already knows how difficult the gig is. After all, Javier Aguirre famously returned for a second stint with El Tri when Mexico’s qualification was in danger from the tenure of Sven Goran Eriksson.

Yet it could be that the final choice for El Tri comes out of left field completely, a coach not on the general radar. Whoever is the final option must realize that it will take more than a puppet of the FMF to find success with the squad, no matter how much potential lies within the players.
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Costly looking to triumph against his ‘second home’

SUNRISE, Florida – For Carlo Costly, every opportunity to pull on the Honduras jersey is precious. If there is an opponent that provides him with more motivation than others, however, it is Mexico.

After all, he resided 11 years in Mexico City and views the nation as his second home.

On Friday, he and his Honduran teammates will once again take on El Tri in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Azteca.

From Honduras’ training camp in Sunrise, Florida, Costly spoke with reporters about the match and the feelings that stem from the crucial encounter on the road to Brazil 2014.

“It’s always special to play Mexico for me, because of the friends I have there and for the time that I lived in Mexico,” said Costly, who has scored five goals against the Mexicans in his international career. “It’s motivating, very special and the truth is that I feel very happy about returning to my second home, or my second city you could say and I’m coming in with a winning mindset of taking all three points.”

Costly recognizes that it will not be easy to beat Mexico at the Azteca, but if it is to do so, Honduras will have to control the center of the pitch.

“I think everything goes through the middle of the field for us,” Costly explained. “In the middle is where the game is managed. If we lose the ball, we have to get it back as soon as possible, and the balls that our wingers give us we’ll be able to take advantage of on scoring chances.”

In addition, Costly pointed out the importance of coming into the match with confidence and the Catrachos having faith in each other.

“You always have to have confidence in yourself and in the teammates we have,” he noted. “We hope to do a good job and take points which will be important. The Azteca is a difficult stadium with 100,000 people yelling at you and saying everything, but I think we are focused on the task at hand.”

Honduras is fourth in the Hexagonal table with seven points, while Mexico is third with eight.
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"We got a decisive victory," affirms Paraguay coach Genes

The coach praised the "good performance" and the synchronization of his players. The team was helped by the youth who debuted on the team such as the twins Oscar and Angel Romero, defender Gustavo Gomez and 17-year old Antonio Sanabria.

Genes, who debuted in this game as coach, highlighted the good ball possession by the players for nearly the entire 90 minutes.

"They played relaxed with the ball on the pitch and attacks from the sides," he said, while praising the play of Roque Santa Cruz, author of the second goal.

"Roque Santa Cruz is still a force," said Genes indicating that he had confidence in his debutantes to play without pressure, with passion and conviction.

"The guys played a great game," he said.

"We changed the bitter taste of the other games," said striker Santa Cruz, adding that the win against the Bolivians raised the morale of the team and "with the thought of maybe a win against Argentina" next Tuesday.

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Pekerman, coach of Colombia: "we took a huge step and we hope to be" at the World Cup

"We are not in but we took a huge step and we hope to be" at the WC, the coach said at a press conference after the match in Barranquilla.

"We think of the joy of all Colombians since we are very close," he added.

With the win on Friday, Colombia has 26 points and is virtually classified.

Pekerman said Colombia "won fairly and played the protagonist to beat a good team."

The strategist said the performance of his players was affected by the heavy rain that delayed the game for about an hour and a half, and a power outage that interrupted the action for another 20 minutes.

"You cannot imagine how difficult it is to prepare for a game like this and then it rains," he said.

However, he praised the performance of Ecuador, led by the Colombian Reinaldo Rueda.

"Ecuador is a great team individually and their coaches. They never let up and despite the sending off they had three offensive players. But we were bold, we created between eight and nine scoring chances," he said.

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Sampaoli says Valdivia´s quality is the difference in Chile´s play

The euphoria of Jorge Sampaoli. Chile thrashed Venezuela and is very close to the World Cup.

The quality of midfielder Jorge Valdivia has been the difference in Chile´s play of late and led them to soundly defeat Venezuela 3-0 said the coach of Chile, the Argentine Jorge Sampaoli.

"The development of the team has to do with the quality of Jorge Valdivia" said Sampaoli at a press conference after the game.

"It is easy to adapt to such a good player and we still haven´t seen the best version of Jorge Valdivia," he added.

Sampaoli highlighted the ease with which the player of Palmeiras in Brazil played in the game and that allowed him to be the owner of the first half.

In the second half the coach admitted that his team let off on the gas a bit but they took the game back when veteran David Pizarro took the pitch in place of Valdivia, who was cheered as he walked off.

"When David went on we found a bit more rhythm. Jorge was getting a little tired but mentally the team found themselves again," said the coach.

The victory meant Chile climbed to third place in the standings with 24 points and is close to a berth to the WC although Sampaoli said that the task is not yet completed.

"I think the qualification is not yet complete. I think we´re going to need at least one more point," said Sampaoli.

Chile has a free date in the following qualifying round and will use it to play a friendly with Spain, in Switzerland, on Tuesday.
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