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Sven’s Decision to Recall Blanco: Pros and Cons

Sven Goran Eriksson proved once again on Friday that he isn’t going to manage in a traditional fashion when he recalled Cuauhtemoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire to the National Team ahead of Wednesday’s massive qualifier at Estadio Azteca versus a very good Honduran side. This matchup between arguably the two most talented teams in CONCACAF will go a long way towards determining a place in the final round of CONCACAF qualifing, the Hexagonal.

Here are how I see the pros and cons of Blanco’s recall:

PROS

  • Blanco’s work rate and technical skill remain very sharp even at 35.
  • Blanco can hold the ball even with his back to goal against a strong Honduran midfield
  • Blanco remains a fan favorite in Mexico and his inclusion builds some credibility for Sven’s young regime.

CONS

  •      Blanco’s volitile personality could clash with the young starlets of the side like Gio Dos Santos and Carlos Vela
  •      Blanco has typically had a hard time working with Omar Bravo in the midfield
  •      With all the young talent around, how much longer will Blanco and Jared Borgetti continue to start for Mexico? Do you really want to transition away from these two right around the 2010 World Cup?

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12 Comments

12 Comments

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  3. Max

    August 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Well earned recall no doubt.

  4. Ian

    August 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Blanco is still playing at a very high level and really earned this call back to the national side. Besides, Mexico hasn’t exactly been impressive lately as much as you may like Vela and Dos Santos since you’ve represented their own personal cheerleading squad on the web.

  5. Max

    August 18, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Well earned recall no doubt.

  6. Ian

    August 18, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Blanco is still playing at a very high level and really earned this call back to the national side. Besides, Mexico hasn't exactly been impressive lately as much as you may like Vela and Dos Santos since you've represented their own personal cheerleading squad on the web.

  7. eplnfl

    August 18, 2008 at 2:38 am

    As a Fire fan you can only have mixed feelings. Blanco still has it, plain and simple at age 35. Sven is making the right move and I believe that it will be a popular move among the rest of the Mexican team.

    On the other hand putting more miles on Blanco at this point is not good for the Fire’s playoff push.

    Overall, I am very proud of Temoc!

  8. eplnfl

    August 17, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    As a Fire fan you can only have mixed feelings. Blanco still has it, plain and simple at age 35. Sven is making the right move and I believe that it will be a popular move among the rest of the Mexican team.

    On the other hand putting more miles on Blanco at this point is not good for the Fire's playoff push.

    Overall, I am very proud of Temoc!

  9. Svenalike

    August 17, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Sven’s past decisions gave England an unmatched record of only five competitive games lost in five and a half years.
    Lets see if he can top that with Mexico?

  10. J Harris

    August 17, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Blanco will help Sven solidify his place leading Mexico.

    A smart move by Sven.

  11. Svenalike

    August 17, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Sven's past decisions gave England an unmatched record of only five competitive games lost in five and a half years.
    Lets see if he can top that with Mexico?

  12. J Harris

    August 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Blanco will help Sven solidify his place leading Mexico.

    A smart move by Sven.

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