[MEXICO]Jose Manuel de la Torre's reign as Mexico national team coach began with 12 wins in 12 competitive games -- six wins at the 2011 Gold Cup and six wins in the semifinal stage of World Cup qualifying -- but he went a little too far when he said before the Hexagonal Mexico's goal was to sweep all 10 games.
Famous last words from the man they call "Chepo."
Mexico is winless in three games, and following its latest tie Tuesday night against the United States, Mexican federation (FMF) secretary general Fernando Cerrilla was forced to issue a statement of support for de la Torre.
"The results have not been there," Cerrilla said the day after the 0-0 tie with the United States left the Tri in fifth place in the Hexagonal with three ties in three games, "but we still don't have a loss in competitive play. No doubt: Jose Manuel de la Torre will complete the cycle. We are with Chepo 100 percent."
Cerrilla called for calm.
"We played just three of 10 games, and 21 points are still up for grabs," he added. "We must keep our feet on the ground, ready for what's coming, stay focused. We know that we have to be well prepared to face Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica."
The Jamaica match was moved forward from June 18 to June 4 because Mexico is playing in the Confederations Cup in Brazil as Gold Cup champion. Mexico also has its Gold Cup title defense in July so it will be a long summer for the Tri.
"Of course, having three points out nine was not in our plan," added Cerrilla. "The team is tight and there is still a chance to move up."