Shortly after the historic defeat of Brazil yesterday by score of 7-1 at the hands of Germany the official twitter account of a online porn website posted what just might be the lowest blow of them regarding the disaster. Take a look what they posted...
The consensus was the same yesterday, from the Club's General Manager Juan Francisco Palencia, to head coach Carlos Bustos, to team leaders like Omar Bravo. The Chivas de Guadalajara is in relegation trouble going into the 2014-2015 Liga Mx season...but it is not an issue for this team.
All of these individuals interviewed yesterday alluded to the fact that the most prestigious team in Mexican soccer is in danger of being relegated and is starting this upcoming season in 16th out of 18 places only ahead of Puebla and newly promoted Leones Negros de la U de G on the relegation table.
However, they all also said that this team, with its new acquisitions like defensive midfielder Carlos Salcido, goalkeeper Luis Ernesto Michel and midfielder Fernando Arce is looking to be a serious contender in the upcoming year an would therefore get of of relegation danger.
Head coach for the "sacred herd" stated, "We are aware of the numbers, our position, and the reality of the situation. As the head coach of Chivas, I feel that you always have to strive to be a contender in the league, plus with the roster that we have and the amount of points were are going to acquire over the course of the year this relegation issue will resolve itself."
They all made it sound so sensible and easy. Without a doubt this will be a developing story up until the spring of next year when the season is over. What will be more interesting is with this storied franchise having had 7 head coaches in the last 2 years will Bustos be around to see the final verdict? Stay tuned because this has all of the makings of a Mexican telenovela.
What: Guadalajara Chivas vs. Cruzeiro in a preseason friendly match.
When, where: 8 p.m. today, Sun Bowl Stadium
Tickets: $22.70 to $108.20 available at the stadium
Fan Fest: 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the north entrance
Mexican soccer star Carlos Salcido declined the vacation time that was approved by Chivas de Guadalajara coaching staff and front office. Salcido returned to Mexico on Tuesday from Brazil where he was participating with the Mexican National Soccer in the World Cup.
Salcido reported to Chivas headquarters yesterday and declared he was at the disposal of head coach Carlos Bustos immediately. He stated he would report for team workouts starting Thursday morning.
Salcido was recently hired by Chivas to serve as one of the main players to help the team get out of relegation danger over next year (which consists of 2 seasons).
The only question remaining is if Salcido will make the trip to the Borderland this coming weekend when the Chivas de Guadalajara take on Cruzeiro in the Sun Bowl on Sunday and if so will he get any playing time?
Salcido, was a starter for "El Tri" on Sunday and played all 90 minutes in the Mexico's defeat against Holland on in Fortaleza, Brazil. Amazing how many things can happen and change in the spand of a week especially in the world of soccer players isn't?
As much analysis as I could throw going in to the Mexico-Holland game a couple of hours away. I'm not going to. Yesterday, someone close to me said the following, "Relax, tomorrow Mexico will win. Easy. From beginning to end...".
This friend said it smiling and with such confidence that I returned the smiled and simply asked, "Why do you say that?"
He responded, "Cuz God can't break our heart again. Not for a sixth time."
Mexico has been eliminated in this stage in every single World Cup since 1994. Because of bad luck, because of plain inability, or because the coach was inept.
Regardless of the reason why, that history doesn't apply to this team. The recent 20 year history that has yielded the same results for a nation and its fan base that has an unconditional affinity with the greatest sport in the world doesn't seem to apply to this 23-man team.
It just feels different.
And because of that, I agree with my friend. Mexico will win today. Why? Well, simply put, because God can't break our heart again.
In approximately one hour the World Cup will resume after taking a one day break. First teams to return to action will be Brazil against Chile at 10am local time.
Even though I think that this game is will be much closer than most people think, the one thing that I am looking forward to is for Brazil to unleash.
The performance of the Brazilians in the first round left a lot to be desired. Yes, they got the results that they needed in order to advance but they lacked that "Jogo Bonito" that the world has been expecting to see and not for Neymar to put this team on his back and move them forward as he has been doing so thus far.
Dont get me wrong for just one player to carry a team like Brazil SPEAKS VOLUMES about that player. Still I don't think that Neymar alone will be enough to defeat Chile this morning.
Chile matches up with Brazil a lot closer than people. The are a fast, dynamic team that like to move the ball on the flanks and transitions rather quickly from being defensive to attacking. That 5-man defensive line turns offensive with great speed and relative ease. Aside from Mexico, Brazil has not seen a team with these kind of characteristics and/or abilities.
You can say that Brazil's pressure has doubled and will continue to do so with every round that they advance. Most of this pressure will come from the Brazilian's own fan base. Always remember that that simply winning for Brazil is no where close to being enough. They need to look spectacular and amazing doing it and nothing less.
Costa Rica did it again. "Pura Vida!" defeated another soccer giant in Italy this morning by the score of 1-0. With this win the "Ticos" have advanced to the round of 16 and knocked out England in the process.
Star forward for the Italians, Mario Balotelli tweeted yesterday that he wanted a kiss from the queen of England if Italy defeated Costa Rica today (assuming that a gol that he would score would help with the victory). Looks like he missed out on a kiss from her majesty.
It has to be said that this Costa Rica team has played extremely well in their first two games. They have not been lucky in any sense. If anything, luck has not been on their side not getting a couple of calls that should have lead to penalty kicks.
All that is left is to see is how much Costa Rica decides to take it foot off the gas in the third game against an already eliminated England squad.
I frankly think they shouldn't in order to avoid losing rhythm. It is going to be interesting to see how they decide to play it. Regardless, Costa Rica has propelled itself to a legitimate contender. Stay tuned.
A little more than 12 hours have passed since the U.S. victory over Ghana. Since no one has done it, I guess I'll be the one to address the white elephant in room. While it goes without saying that getting a positive result and the 3 points is the only thing that mattered, the Americans performance truly left a lot to be desired. That, I'm sorry to say, can not be ignored although it has been by a grand majority of the American media and the USMNT supporters.
The flare for the dramatic that the Yanks have developed in recent history in World Cup play, although great for moral, does little for the actual advancement of American soccer at the world level.
It is safe to say that the U.S. is by far the team that played the worst out of all of the teams that acquired 3 points in their opening match.
I don't think I saw the Americans complete more than 3 passes in one possession the entire second half. Did the U.S. pull back after scoring in the first minute or was it just inability and bad play that allowed Ghana to dominate?
Whatever it was, it wasn't good and you can't have that happen again. Not against Portugal, Germany or anyone else thereafter if the U.S. advances.
I was shocked to see the game Michael Bradley had. Bradley is, in my opinion, the engine that makes this team go. Here in lies the possible reason why the U.S. had no possession in the midfield.
As for the loss of Jozy Altidore... yeah, let's just say I'm more worried about the broken nose of Clint Dempsey and how it will affect his play in the next games. Any of the remaining forwards on the team can do just as good of a job as Altidore did, if not better.
Now, with the positive result the U.S. had yesterday morale is high going into Sunday's game against Portugal. It's only logical. The performance that Portugal had against Germany yesterday morning can easily provide aspirations of getting another positive result come Sunday for the U.S. and its supporters.
Remember there is another side to that coin. Don't think for a second that Portugal isn't aware of the poor play that USMNT showed against Ghana. They too can be thinking that this game against an American squad that showed minimal tactical capacity is just what they need to back on track to give themselves a shot at advancing to the second round.
The 4-0 romp that the Germans put on Portugal a couple of hours ago has made the result of the United States-Ghana game much more important. If these teams can avoid a tie and one of them can be victorious it will give them more than a foot in the door into the second round.
For the Yanks, 4 points will all of sudden be good enough to advance to the next round given the that the U.S. will not lose a goal differential battle to Portugal. (3points for beating Ghana, a tie to Portugal, and a loss against Germany).
But first things first. Jurgen Klinsmann's squad will have to play a smart, calm game for 90 minutes to leave Natal with the 3 points in their pocket.
I look for Michael Bradley to have an enormous game. He needs to be the leader of the U.S. midfield from the defending to attacking sector and feed the ball to the forwards endlessly.
Tim Howard is always solid and a savior for the U.S. on most occasions. I can't remember the last time he made a mistake. I hope today is not the day that streak comes to an end. I highly doubt it will, he'll be ready.
Clint Dempsey needs to shine. He needs to take the roll that Landon Donovan had and make it his own. It is time for him to be the hero and the indisputable new face of American soccer. He can do this by doing something positively dramatic in favor of the Americans.
I think a majority of these things will happen in Natal later this afternoon resulting in that favorite result the United States like to hang on teams, 2-0. Giving the Yanks their first three points of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Yesterday saw the best day, in my opinion, the World Cup has offered thus far. It gave us the biggest surprise we've seen in a Coast Rica team keeping its composure and scoring 3 unanswered gols on Uruguay in the 2nd half to get the win and 3 points.
Italy and England gave us a match that demonstrated soccer at its absolute highest level. The Lions and Azzurri put on a display of vertical and lightning quick soccer despite high temperatures and humidity in the heart of the Amazon.
Columbia put on a thorough performance for 90 minutes against Greece acquiring a 3-0 victory. My dark horse for the tournament led by Jose Nestor Peckerman were more than solid in all aspects of play. Up next for Columbia is Ivory coast and Japan.
The Japan-Ivory Coast game was more entertaining than I and most people ever thought it would be. Ivory Coast came back within a couple of minutes to win 2-1 over the "Land of the Rising Sun...".
-Yesterday, Argentinian futbol legend, Diego Armando Maradona, went to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina National Team. Argentina plays Bosnia-Herzegovina today at 4:00pm local time.
-Italian midfielder, Andrea Pirlo, completed 103 of the 110 passes in the opening game against England. More than 93% accurate. Unreal.
-Last night the crowds were bigger than usual outside of the hotel where the Mexican National Soccer team was staying in Natal. Why? It was leaked that Katy Perry would be staying in the same hotel as "El Tri" and would be arriving there late last night. Perry is in town for the United States-Ghana game in Natal on Monday (4:00pm local time).
-Speaking of the U.S. and Natal. Reports coming out of Natal throughout the day on Saturday state that the pitch at the Estadio Arena dos Dunas has been holding up beautifully despite a downpour that is ongoing as we speak and that has lasted more than 48 hours with a full game (Mexico-Cameroon) being played on it on Friday.
-The government declared Natal in state of emergency earlier today due to the rain. It will be interesting to see how things in Natal develop as it get closer to match time between Ghana-United States.
-USMNT head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, said that he was excited to see Mexico and Costa Rica win for CONCACAF. He went on to state, " We want to follow up on that tomorrow..."
-Mexico arrived in Fortaleza less than a couple of hours ago. Here is a picture of the team arriving to its hotel.
-Moments ago, the United States is in the Estadio Arena das Dunas in Natal for the final walk through and recognition of the playing surface before the United States-Ghana game tomorrow.
It is time for the ball to roll. The focus of the world for two hours will be on the opening match of the FIFA 2014 World Cup opening match. Brazil and Croatia are set to kickoff the World Cup at 2:00pm local time. How impressive will Brazil be? Will Croatia pull of a miracle by pulling off a tie or even more unthinkable a win?
It is not exactly David vs. Goliath here, but definitely somewhere in that neighborhood. These numerical comparisons might help put things into perspective.
World Cup Comparative History
World Cup Appearances: Brazil-20 Croatia-4
World Cup Championships: Brazil-5 Croatia-0
World Cup Record (W-L-T): Brazil-97 Games Played (67-15-15) Croatia-13(6-2-5)
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