[MEXICO] Calling Mexico's World Cup campaign a failure, Coach Javier Aguirre quit on Wednesday. For the fifth straight World Cup -- the second time with Aguirre in charge -- the Tri lost in the round of 16.
It marked the fifth straight time that Mexico has been eliminated in the second round of the World Cup.
“I’m the person responsible,” said Aguirre, who said the plan was to reach the final eight.
The only time Mexico has reached the quarterfinals was in 1970 and 1986 -- when it hosted the World Cup.
“We didn’t qualify for the next round," Aguirre said, "and because of this one can consider it a failure."
Mexico lost to Argentina, 3-1. It was the second World Cup in a row the Tri faced Argentina in the second round.
In 2002, Aguirre was the coach when Mexico fell to the USA, 2-0.
He then had a long and successful stint as a coach in Spain before returning to take over the struggling national team 15 months ago for a second time.
Mexico's early exit was a disappointment considering it had one of its best teams.
SOLID NUCLEUS. The next coach will be able to work with a nucleus of young stars -- Javier Hernandez, Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela, Efrain Juarez and Hector Moreno -- who form the best collection of young talent Mexico has ever assembled.