Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Mexico's Sanchez is under the gun at Copa America
by Paul Kennedy, June 27th, 2007 8:49AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  brazil, copa america, gold cup, mexico


Gold Cup runner-up Mexico will be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire when it opens Group B play on Wednesday in Puerto Ordaz. After losing yet again to the United States, Mexico must face defending champion Brazil to open the Copa America (TV: Univision, Gol TV-English, live, 8:30 pm ET).

Mexico will be without three of its European-based stars -- Carlos Salcido, Ricardo Osorio and Pavel Pardo -- and Jared Borgetti and Andres Guardado will probably be unavailable for the Brazil game after being injured in the Gold Cup final.

To make matters worse, Coach Hugo Sanchez is under intense criticism from the press in both Mexico and the United States. La Jornada said the Tri's loss in the final was a personal failure for the controversial Sanchez, who lobbied long and hard for the job and set as one of the team's goals to win the Gold Cup. The Los Angeles-based La Opinion referred the national team's situation after the loss in Chicago as "grave."

Sanchez had been a long-time critic of Argentine Ricardo Lavolpe, who had beaten him out for Mexico's coaching job in the 2003-06 cycle, and the Mexican press painted the national team as being divided into two camps: "Lavolpistas" (those faithful to Lavolpe) and "Huguistas" (those who support Sanchez).

Lavolpe -- who returned to Argentina, where he is coaching at Velez Sarsfield after bombing at Boca Juniors -- kept a low profile until after Sunday's game.

"He always said he understood the Mexican soccer environment," Lavolpe said of his successor, Sanchez. "Now he has to turn a blind eye, to be intelligent and work positively with his team."

If Mexico doesn't reach the semifinals -- Sanchez's other stated goal for 2007 -- he could quickly be gone as national team coach but he pleaded for patience.

"As a player, the same thing happened to me, I needed time to triumph in Europe and now it's the same, be patient," the former Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid star told reporters Tuesday. "If you have put up with others who aren't Mexican and who, in addition, have treated you badly, then I deserve a bit more."

It was Sanchez's way to get a dig in at the Argentine Lavolpe.

In Wednesday's Group B opener in Puerto Ordaz, Chile meets Ecuador.

PROBABLE LINEUPS:
Mexico -- Sanchez, Castro, Marquez, Magallon, Morales, Torrado, Correa, Lozano, Blanco, Castillo, Bautista.
Brazil -- Helton, Maicon, Alex, Juan, Gilberto, Minero, Gilberto Silva, Elano, Diego, Robinho, Vagner Love.

Ecuador -- Elizaga, de la Cruz, Hurtado, Espinoza, Palacio, Castillo, Urrutia, Mendez, Valencia, Benitez, Tenorio.
Chile -- Bravo, Riffo, Contreras, Vargas, Fierro, Sanhueza, Melendez, Gonzalez, Valdivia, Fernandez, Suazo.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Joya's second goal in stoppage time trips up Xolos    
[USA UNDER-21 MEN] First-year Chicago Fire midfielder Benji Joya scored two goals, the second one in ...
Ottawa holds Eddies to scoreless draw in first meeting    
[AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP] NASL clubs FC Edmonton and Ottawa opened the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship with ...
Third time is charm for Cruz Azul    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Cruz Azul, which lost in the first of the first two Concacaf Champions ...
Wright-Phillips adds to Dynamo misery with hat trick    
[MLS: Week 8] Bradley Wright-Phillips, who had been doubtful after coming down with a fever on ...
Weimer is latest player sidelined with ACL tear    
[NWSL: Week 3] Tiffany Weimer became the fifth NWSL player to be sidelined with an ACL ...
What They're Saying    
"We can go with confidence into the second leg. I think we played well. The opponent ...
Diego Simeone takes time for child's play    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Argentine Diego Simeone has been busy guiding Atletico Madrid to the ...
Top stands out for Arizona United FC    
[DOWN ON THE FARM] The aptly named Jonathan Top, on loan from FC Dallas to Arizona ...
What They're Saying    
"It's the most amazing experience we're ever going to have in this industry. It simply won't ...
Klinsmann: Dempsey strong start due to Fulham foundation    
[USA MEN] MLS may be the place to be for U.S. World Cup hopefuls, but national ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives