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The North London Derby Becomes Bigger Than Ever in North America

vela.jpg Carlos Vela in Mexico colorsThe North London derby will have some new fans this upcoming season as many football fans in North America will be engaged in one of the world’s great derby’s for the first time. That’s because perhaps the two best young players in the region, Giovanni Dos Santos (Gio) and Carlos Vela will now be part of the setup of Spurs and Arsenal respectively.The pair will also be the key frontline players along with Andres Guardado for Mexico, CONCACAF’s dominant national team in the near future. Juan DeRamos coveted Gio this transfer season and secured his purchase from Barcelona. At 19, Dos Santos could be an amazing long term bet for Spurs as they chase a Champions League birth in the near future: A young core of players like Gio and David Bentley with Spurs is what the North London club needs to get over the hump which they have been unable to climb for the past several years. Vela, also 19, was signed by Arsenal years ago but had to be loaned out until he secured his work permit which happened this summer. He is the heir apparent to Eduardo in Arsene Wenger’s setup long term.Carlos Vela and Gio Dos Santos led Mexico (El Tri) to the U-17 World Cup title in 2005, the first world championship for a CONCACAF nation. Now both feature in the full national team setup and have helped Mexico turn the tables on the United States who this decade had dominated Mexico despite far inferior talent.With Gio and Vela in the lineup this past February, El Tri got their first result on US soil against the hated Americans in nine years and doubled the cumulative Mexican scoring output in its last eight games against the US on American soil. It was shot across the bow to all in the region that the dynamic duo had arrived on the senior level. Factor in the hiring of Sven Goran Eriksson as Mexico’s new national team manager and it’s no wonder Mexican fans are more excited than ever. However, the hiring of Eriksson could be a fatal mistake since El Tri are in the toughest CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group, and Eriksson’s tenure as England manager did little to inspire confidence in his ability to manage a talented squad full of world class players.The fact that two young Mexican superstars are playing in the Barclays Premier League is a proof positive as to the emergence of English football on the world scene.Until recently Mexican players seldom ventured out of their comfort zone which was the domestic FMF (arguably the best league in the Americas) and the Spanish leagues. Now with Mexican football dominating CONCACAF and its players becoming more marketable commodities on the international transfer market, England is becoming more and more of a potential destination for Mexican players. This will also grow the popularity of the world’s most popular sports league in the nation with the richest football league outside Europe. The duo’s presence in North London is a  win for Arsenal, a win for Spurs and a win for the BPL.

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  1. Juan

    August 1, 2008 at 10:45 am

    When the USA produces two players of this quality or wins the U-17 World Cup you yanks can talk.

    Until then stuff it! This was an outstanding piece on two soon to be worldwide stars.

  2. jg

    August 1, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Freddie Adu is good but could not run circles around either of these players. USA has dominated Mexico in recent years, albeit with “..inferior talent”, as this column states. I wish more American and Mexican players would venture to Europe so that both contries could consistently compete at a much higher level with the World. Stop the hate.

  3. Hank

    August 1, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Ha! I was going to ask when Kartik was planning to weigh in on how crap the USMT is compared to the rest of CONCACAF – then I realized it was Kartik who wrote the article.

    Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how the pair get on in the EPL.

  4. Kartik is a Wanker

    August 1, 2008 at 8:39 am

    You have outdone yourself this time.

    How exactly is Mexico the dominant team in CONCACAF when they have won just one match in the last eleven meetings with the USA? You fail to also mention the game you glorify for these two footballers Mexico did not win.

    Honestly, I have never seen a post like this on EPL Talk promoting American players in the Prem talking about how world class they are. On the other places you blog also, you are so pro-Mexico it is beyond reasonable comprehension.

    This piece utter rubbish. The worst ever on EPL Talk. Freddy Adu is 19 and he could run circles around both these nobodys. Oh but they are Mexican so they must be world class in Kartik’s book, and Adu is american so he has no skill and no technique.

    I cannot understand why so many people take your opinion seriously.

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