Now THAT was fun to watch.
I’ve made, as you who read this blog often know, no secret of my leanings toward El Tri. And finally they defeated an American national team in a major competition. Thrashed it. 5-0.
Let’s face facts. The penalty that led to the first Mexico goal was iffy. And all of these U.S. fans (I root for U.S. too unless they play El Tri) are going to say that Mexico’s best beat the U.S. “B” or “C” team.
That’s fine, maybe even fair. But Mexico didn’t field it’s No. 1 lineup either to start the match, and 5-nil is 5-nil. I don’t think that this is a major setback for U.S. Soccer, in fact it was a good run in the Gold Cup for this team made up of a lot of MLS players. And U.S. fans would bask in a 5-0 win just as much as any Mexican fan, seeing as the rivalry between the teams is pretty one-sided in favor of the Americans this decade.
No one can argue about the play of Dos Santos, who looks like he has finally arrived as the star the federation hoped he would be. And 5-0 was really surprising, I figured it to be a hard-fought, close match. It was for a half.
That aside, good times at the Azzurri, a bar in Fremont across from St. George and Dragon. Ordered a nice pannini called the “A.C. Milan” and it was delicious. Thanks to Steve Clare of ProstAmerika for inviting me. Everyone had an opinion about the Sounders FC match, so some good banter.
Here’s me standing in front of the TV with the score 4-0, happy in my throwback Mexico jersey from ’86 World Cup. After this I celebrated with a Slurpee!