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Mexico fire national team coach after loss to Honduras

Sep 7, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT

Chepo

On Friday night, Mexico suffered their first home defeat at the Estadio Azteca since 2001. Despite Mexico taking the lead in the first half, Honduras fought back and ultimately won 2-1. The visitors’ win means that Mexico drops down to fourth place in CONCACAF qualifying, just one point above Panama. As the fourth-placed finisher goes on to play against New Zealand, winner of Oceania, for the right to compete in Brazil…well, let’s just say Mexican fans aren’t too pleased at their team’s performance.

Speaking after last night’s loss, Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre stated that he would not be resigning from his position, likening a resignation to “running away.” But the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) took that decision out of de la Torre’s hands, announcing on its website that the coach had been removed from his position. Into his place steps Luis Fernando Tena, who will take charge for Mexico’s visit to Columbus on Tuesday, where they will face the USMNT in what is now a must-win match for El Tri.

De la Torre, often known as “Chepo”, took charge of the national team at the beginning of 2011, marking his debut with a 2-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Later that year, Mexico won the Gold Cup, but faltered in the 2013 tournament. After beginning Gold Cup play with a group stage loss to Panama, El Tri were then eliminated by the same foe in the semi-finals. Will Tena fare any better, or will Mexico miss out on the 2014 World Cup?

  1. mdac1012 - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    He looked like a dead man walking coming off the pitch last nite, everyone, especially him, knew he was getting fired.

  2. mikeevergreen - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    The only thing keeping Mexico from being eliminated is the lack of depth that Panama has. They will get past New Zealand, which couldn’t even make it to the Confed Cup.

  3. rondempsey13 - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Reblogged this on Best Spokane Soccer Clubs and commented:
    This will hopefully help the US national team on Tuesday when they play Mexico.

  4. skidmose - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Is it too early to say Adios Mejico?? Yes, but man I am loving their struggles!!!

  5. footballer4ever - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Amazing! The big bravado Mexican national football club who likes to pound and their chest and puff that they are the Concacaf giant looks more like a midget nowadays, but to be honest, that would be disrespecting midgets to that TRI-bulated National team. Come on, USA! It’s your time to knock Mexico out of the WC and in the process rip the heart out and eat it away afterwards.

  6. eze1616 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Haha I cant wait to read what yall got to say after mexico beats the US ^^ :) they looked horrible against Costa Rica

    • gra42 - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      For 12 minutes.

  7. footballer4ever - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    @eze1616

    Are you laughing at the USA losing the away game the same way Mexico lost their own HOME game? Hahaha!

    Anything can happen in football specially in a Concacaf Hexagonal, but i don’t think you even believe your own idea of Mexico beating the US when they can’t even find a way to win at home. We understand you must be hurting from your national teams catastrophy manners.

  8. eze1616 - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Well simply laughing at the fact that the US has been thinking they’re all big and mighty then having their 12 game win streak by losing to a mediocre costa rica team lol that’s where the true humor is! We all know mexico has good quality players. Hands down. We are all happy they finally got rid of Mr de la torre. But yes I agree anything can happen in the sport of soccer thats the beauty of the sport! Yes mexico lost at home, but how much more embarrassing will it be to see the US lose on their own soil. Lol but. Like always everytime the US losses they say “oh we didnt have so and so playing” thats why we lost. Which most certainly will be the case if they do lose since 2 players will not be playing because they got suspended ^^ @footballer4ever

    • gra42 - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      “We all know mexico has good quality players. Hands down.”

      Not that good, certainly not better than Costa Rica’s, I don’t care how famous they are or where they play. Three US first team players got suspended. Bradley got a third degree ankle sprain. So that’s 4/11 out. It won’t matter against Mexico though this time, unless Klinsmann has another brain fart and tries to make Johnson into a midfielder.

  9. eze1616 - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    12 game win streak snapped***

    • kproffo - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      12 game win streak****

  10. eliar3 - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I’ve never understood why BOTH US and MEX fans root for the other’s demise. It does not help CONCACAF when little fishes bring down the bigger ones, diminishing the status of the big and medium squads. US & MEX need CONCACAF to gain notoriety and stature in order to secure more favorable seeding at international tournaments (WC, Confed, Olympics, etc.). I do not know who, but MES needs a good, independent coach. Not someone beholden to FMF team owners who will harm El Tri if it means $$$ can be made in another way (El Bofo starting in 2010? Are you kidding?). US looked terrible, MEX lost at home. These two giants need to get out of this mess sooner rather than later, or potentially be classified as C-level, or even D-level squads when pots are determined before seeding for Brazil 2014.

    • bryaneverson - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      I totally understand your argument – and it is a rationale one – but rooting for a national team isn’t about rationale, it’s about pride and bragging rights, pomp. I think you lack a fundamental understanding of what goes on if you actually decide to participate in the rivalry at a match between the two. Here, from an Olympic qualifying game in 2004:

      “Since Mexico won convincingly, every fan walked out cheering,” U.S. goalkeeper D.J. Countess said Wednesday after training. “I’ve been hit with bags of urine, limes and batteries. There even was a dead chicken thrown on the field next to me in El Salvador, but since Mexico got the result they wanted, there wasn’t much of that.”

      I can keep going if anyone needs me to.

  11. phillyphannn83 - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Costa Rica is mediocre?? That’s a new one to me. Last I checked, they were in second place heading into that game. So if theyre mediocre, then what is Mexico who sit 2 places behind them? And your national team hero referee came through once again with 3 bookings against the US resulting in suspensions for key players facing his country next. With such a rich history of match fixing in futbol, it was an absolute abomination to have Marco Antonio Rodriguez in charge of that game. For a ref who averaged 5 yellows PER GAME over a 70 game span to still be given control of such important games is unconscionable. CONCACAAF either lacks the insight or the inclination to act in a manner that avoids the possibility of impropriety. As such, Mexico will have their advantage in their quest to, this is the best part, AVOID ELIMINATION FROM THE WORLD CUP! I literally can’t laugh harder. How’s that’s sit on your tongue Eze?? ‘Cause it tastes good to Uncle Sam’s Army!!

  12. eze1616 - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Haha thank you for just proving my point @phillyphannn83 theres always gotta be an excuse somewhere! Good to see you already have of few of them up your sleeve. Fixed games, home cookin, missing key players etc etc. I honestly could care less where mexico is at on table. Mostly just care to watch them beat the US on their own soil! And of course youre not gonna agree with a mexican referee throwing out your players but they deserved it! @eliar3 yea I totally agree with you. But this here is a classic rivalry. Haha dont get me wrong im a US fan whenever they’re not playing MEX!

  13. jimeejohnson - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Not enough machismo.

  14. futbol247365 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Phillyphan, chiquidracula called a fair game dude. Did you even watch it? Or are you a fringe fan who reads pregame narrative and the then becomes a parrot?

  15. hildezero - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    @eze1616,

    Do you really think Mexico will beat the US? I’m Mexican and I don’t even think that! The US are the better soccer team. I didn’t watch neither games, but I heard Mexico looked worse compared to the US.

    • braxtonrob - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      I tried to watch both as best I could (TV in one room, computer in another), but I think the USA looked much worse.
      However, clearly the USA performance will be an anomaly, and they will get back on track once home again.
      Mexico’s ails are clearly stemic, but that is hopefully on its way to a fast cure with a new leader at the helm.

      I don’t think Mexico needs to win on Tuesday, but I draw seems to be desperately needed.
      Otherwise, they may have to beat Costa Rica IN Costa Rica, … and the USA just demonstrated what a painful attempt that can be. The good news is, by the time that game arrives, Costa Rica will have qualified for Brazil and probably won’t care all THAT much about the game.

  16. braxtonrob - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    No offense to de la Torre, but sometimes you just have to start fresh, and Tena will get Mexico back on track. This is exactly what had to happen for Mexico, and although it’s possible they may have to get to Brazil through a 4th place playoff, they might still finish 3rd.

    But, they will definitely make it to Brazil.

    And, as another commenter said, I don’t understand why USA fans (like me) and Mexico fans don’t ULTIMATELY support each other. It’s whats best for CONCACAF (at the very least)!
    I like to root against Mexico sometimes, but NEVER to the point of their demise; we will ALL be losers next summer if we’re not watching Mexico get to the 2nd round, and instead watching Honduras, Panama or New Zealand get easily bounced out in group play.

    USA and Mexico are equally the best chance of CONCACAF winning a World Cup, so ULTIMATELY, remember where your loyalty SHOULD lie, with BOTH!

  17. footballer4ever - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    @eze1616

    You got it all mixed up in who finds excuses when they lose because that title belongs to Mexico. In case you are not aware Football, also incorrectly referred as soccer, is not the king sport in this country even though there’s a significant percentage of us that do support them. Therefore, the education and humbleness are often characteristics mostly portrayed by everyone. Nevertheless, you can’t say the same thing about the MAJORITY of them in the Mexican side. Personally, i do find Chicharito to be the exception because he’s kept himself a humble footballer and respect him for that.

    • mikeevergreen - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      You are so right. “We would have won if they had played us.” they whine. They got played like the finest Italian Stradavarius.

      If Mexico doesn’t make it, all I can say is that it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of (expletive deleted).

  18. mikeevergreen - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Honduras: Pronounced “Hound Your Ass.”

  19. footballer4ever - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    @mikeevergreen

    Sure that classy is not one of your virtues. It must be a nationalistic thing for sure.

    • mikeevergreen - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Well 4, it’s not a nationalistic thing, it’s a “Used to work in the same building with a Spanish-language radio station thing.” Heard nothing but “Mejico will destroy your beisbol players!’ crap from them, every time we played them, and then after the game, it was “We would have won had you played us (meaning we play their style)”. 2002 in the WC was sweet, and if I were working in that building now, this would be sweeter.

      Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch.

  20. alqj24 - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    I think the only reason I just can’t ever root for Mexico is that I feel the whole squad is not very humble, with the exception of Chicharito. Their team apparently feels that they belong amongst the elite just ‘because’. Also, many fans adopt the same attitude unfortunately. Anyways, I hope US wins on Tuesday.

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