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Sven’s Green Revolution: A Ticking Time Bomb?

El Tri’s come from behind victory against Honduras in the first match of group play Wednesday at Azteca should not be an occasion to gloss over the very real problems CONCACAF’s traditional superpower faces. Honduras’ ability to control large portions of the match at Azteca with a squad that was built to counter attack. Particularly impressive were Amado Guevara and David Suazo. Mexico’s problems continue to be apparent from match to match. Wasteful possession, an emphasis on theatrics and an inability to control the midfield. Mexico’s teams have recently become less and less competitive on the world stage. Recent losses to Guatemala, Honduras and Panama (within the last three years) highlight that CONCACAF’s midddle tier may not have caught Mexico yet but on any given matchday they can beat El Tri.

Sven Goran Eriksson was hired as the new Mexican Head Coach to help solve these problems. Eriksson’s resume is long but his success as an international manager is thin. In Sven’s first competitive match in charge Mexico looked flustered and confused at times and played with a lack of composure. Youthful starlets Gio Dos Santos and Carlos Vela were both ineffective and seemed to lack ideas in the area. Andreas Guardado another youngster whose play elevated Mexico youth teams to among the world’s best recently has had more bad giveaways in the last three Mexico matches I have watched than Michael Bradley has for the United States.

The recall of Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Guille Franco indicate a certain degree of dissatisfaction by Eriksson with the youngsters. Pavel Pardo who scored both late goals against Honduras and Jared Borgetti who probably should be recalled for Mexico’s next qualifiers are not going to be around much longer. Mexico’s youngsters however have shown an immaturity and a lack of understanding of international football to be successful. Under a manager like Eriksson who failed to get the best out of a very talented England team between 2001 and 2006, my guess is that Dos Santos, Vela, Guardado, and Guillermo Ochoa will not achieve what they are capable of as internationals.

The fear factor that Mexico held over Central American opponents for some many years has dissipated. Baring some sort of revolutionary tactical sense instilled by Sven Goran Eriksson or a sudden surge in confidence, Mexico appears to be on a downward swing that cannot be stopped. Hiring a foreign manager whose understand of Mexican football is minimal and whose accomplishments with England were virtually non existent could simply accelerate this process.

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  2. MexAzteca54

    August 23, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    U are stating your opinion after 1 game? C’mon now Vela is gonna be an international star in due time & as for Gio I’m not sure about because he is not a forward he is a midfielder cause he has to see more of the ball & use his creativeness cause he is gifted in the midfield not as a forward. Vela also is good on the wings but he will play upfont for Mexico alongside Nery, don’t jump to conclusion after 1 game cause I could say the same thing about Bradley he is a wweak player & he sucked for the U.S. in the olympics & a couple of games before that, isn’t it amazing how all the U.S. players are getting released from their clubs? That ain’t a good sign is it? Vela will be a superstar by the time the WC 2010 come & Mexico will have an elite squad & the U.S. will have a very good team as well but the U.S. overrate their players as much as Mexcio does u know this for a fact. Vela has played 8 games for Mexico & has 4 goals, & gio is coming off of injury & hasn’t played for the national team since the U.S. game so calm down down homie, Guardado had 1 bad game & u talking all this junk but then again u are a U.S. national team supporter & have alot of bias opinions. Your opinion is your opinion but u jump to conclusion to damn easy & I could say a whole bunch of negative things about the U.S. national team cause they have alot of flaws like Mexico but write something meaningful by the end of the year cause u gonna swallow your words & thoughts

  3. Soccer Guru

    August 23, 2008 at 11:21 am

    If Mexico was so good why did were they down 1-0 at Azteca in the 70th minute?

    Honestly, Mexico’s recent loses to Guatemala twice and to Honduras have me thinking they are far below the standard they’ve established.

    It’s refreshing to see this from an author who previously was so biased towards anything Mexican as recently as two months ago stating the US had maybe one player who could play for Mexico.

    Maybe you are just unhappy about Sven’s hiring, but if a Mexi-snob like you wrote this, it has to be true!

  4. NJ

    August 22, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I think its still too early to get a good read on Sven, and how he’ll do as the Mexican coach. I do believe he is coming at it as an outsider, but in some situations a fresh look at a situation may be the best. Especially if the approach adds a flair that the team is missing. Unfortunately, I agree with your older post that Mexico is soft, and typically if they fall behind, they resort to some dirty play. However, it seemed they did not do that against Honduras, though I must admit, I missed a good part of the second half, watching the dismal display of the USA (no creativity in attack).

    I hope Sven is succesful, as long as Mexico is not beating the US i’m glad to see them succeed as they shine a positive light on CONCACAF.

  5. Bob Bradley

    August 22, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Let’s keep the focus here on USA.

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