Javier “Chicharito” Hernández’s goals in Estadio Riazor, at this point, have been repeated over and over again; it is a sight worth its repetitiveness because the two goals he scored in Galicia are Hernández’s first outside the box goals since he arrived at Manchester back in 2010. Hernández scoring goals in Europe is a sign of good health for Mexico’s national team, let’s not forget how important he was in the 2011 Gold Cup, after concluding his best Manchester United season, finishing it with 20 goals.
Miguel Herrera and his coaching staff have started planning the big event that will take place in July 2015; the first test that involves “El Piojo” dealing with CONCACAF competition. It was the unpredictable, CONCACAF scenario, that drowned former El Tri manager José Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre, which precipitated a loud circus in the Mexican Federation offices, filled with hastily-made decisions, leaving Herrera as the grand savior by leading a Mexico national team to another World Cup, via New Zealand and its haka.
This past weekend was a good one for Mexicans in Europe because Héctor Herrera continues to be a starter and owns a starting slot for him to lose, Raúl Jiménez has the total support from his coaches and teammates as he struggles to adapt to the demanding tasks in front of Atlético de Madrid, and the last most impressive of all, Jonathan dos Santos’ first 25 La Liga minutes with Villarreal CF left impressive details, highlighting his passing qualities.
Jonathan’s last two games, his only games so far in the new season, brush the excellence, but at the same time appeal for prudence. Dos Santos’ class is a reality, but what about his consistency on the pitch? Is it possible to think that Jonathan will only increment his minutes on the field from now on?
Dos Santos’ capacity to start offensive plays with a precise long-pass should raise more than one look from Herrera’s coaching staff. El Tri needs of a player capable to see and comprehend the game like Rafael Márquez, who at 35 is currently finishing games with a 97% passing accuracy in Verona.
The notion that Rafael Márquez could still be useful in the 2015 Gold Cup will subsist as long as he continues to lead Hellas Verona to victory in a league that is unknown for Mexican footballers, like Serie A. But if Jonathan dos Santos continues on his ascending path, that thought of seeing Rafa captaining El Tri in the next Gold Cup, could well be stored inside a box that only has Mexico’s football icons.
Because in this new venture that is new for Mexico national teams, of having the same head coach who was in the last World Cup lead the national team to the next one in Russia, it should be remembered for its renovation, its rebuilding, empowered by a group of players that have led Mexico to actually win stuff, and more importantly compete against the game’s elite.
The new season is young, flashing one or two sparks every now and then. But fall is here, and with it includes a month like November, which could be the “month” that once and for all defines what Carlos Vela wants to do with his international career.
There will be those who will not be supportive of Vela’s return, and they will have their reasons, but if in fact he does come back, and Herrera opts to maximize El Tri’s attack, this could be the line-up in the upcoming months.
(4-3-3): Memo Ochoa; P. Aguilar, Maza, H. Moreno, M. Layún; Gallito, Jonathan dos Santos, Héctor Herrera; Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela, and Chicharito.
Photograph by Getty/David Ramos
Instead of mourning the death of Main Street, why not read Nelson Algren’s short story about watching a poor Mexican prisoner die on the jailhouse floor while they were awaiting trial when the roaming judge finally got to their little town in four months time and then shut the fuck up about Main Street.
If Latin America had not been pillaged by the U.S. capital since its independence, millions of desperate workers would not now be coming here in such numbers to reclaim a share of that wealth; and if the United States is today the world’s richest nation, it is in part because of the sweat and blood of the copper workers of Chile, the tin miners of Bolivia, the fruit pickers of Guatemala and Honduras, the cane cutters of Cuba, the oil workers of Venezuela and Mexico, the pharmaceutical workers of Puerto Rico, the ranch hands of Costa Rica and Argentina, the West Indians who died building the Panama Canal, and the Panamanians who maintained it.
Juan Gonzalez - Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America (via anything-for-selenas)
What the fuck
NO MATTEL FUCKING DID NOT!!!!!! Someone please tell me this is some type of political/artistic statement.
Pool Paolini y Marianela Perelli are the artists behind the controversial “Barbie, The Plastic Religion” exhibit which will be presented in Buenos Aires starting October 11. The creators thought, “If there’s a Barbie doctor, a teacher and a police officer, why shouldn’t there be a Virgin of Luján Barbie?” and therefore created 33 Barbie and Ken dolls adapted to religious figures from Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam. “In a world where we’re rewarded for thinking, feeling and acting all the same, Marianela and Pool set themselves apart by rebelling. Through humor they highlight a fictional, historical, religious, political and universe where their elders are trapped,” says their website.
The Unseen Tournament: AFR Captures the Copa Centroamericana
It can be tempting to write off any football tournament not named the World Cup, Copa America or European Championship as something of an excess. Without the most prominent international sides taking part, it can seem to the casual observer that tournaments outside of the most prominent few lack major stakes, with a trophy given out for the sake of giving out a trophy.
That perspective, while easy to slip into, is entirely misguided. No matter the venue, no matter the teams, no matter the players, international matches are perpetually imbued with history, culture, and aspiration, with fans always ready at a moment’s notice to display their national pride.
This past weekend, we took in the final round of the Copa Centroamericana, a tournament that serves as the Central American regional championship, with berths for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2016 Copa América — the 100th anniversary of the famed tournament — up for grabs.