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 fires Chepo after Aztecazo
by Paul Kennedy, September 7th, 2013 3:58AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mexico, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[HEXAGONAL: Matchday 7] Mexico's nightmare Hexagonal campaign continued as it blew a 1-0 lead and lost to Honduras, 2-1, for only its second loss ever in World Cup qualifying at Azteca Stadium. Mexico, which is without a win this year in four Hexagonal matches at home, would have dropped to fifth place but for Panama's inability to beat 10-man Jamaica at home. But that didn't stop the Mexican federation from firing embattled coach Jose Manuel de la Torre after the game.

Chepo kept his job after Mexico's "B" team lost to Panama twice at the Gold Cup and exited in the semifinals, but there's no way he'll keep his job after Friday's Aztecazo -- El Tri's first loss at home in World Cup qualifying since a 2-1 defeat to Costa Rica in 2001. Chants of "Fuera Chepo" ("Chepo, out of here") filled the Azteca stands.

Mexico's First Division presidents, who run the Mexican federation's affairs, met late into the night to decide whether Chepo will be on the plane when Mexico heads to Columbus for Tuesday's match against the USA.

It decided to fire de la Torre and replace him with 55-year-old Luis Fernando Tena, who coached Mexico to the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.

Chepo looked like a genius for starting Oribe Peralta over star Javier Hernandez when the hero of Mexico's win in the 2012 Olympic gold-medal game opened the scoring in the sixth minute -- the first goal scored this year in four Hexagonal matches at Azteca Stadium.

But goals by Carlo Costly and Jerry Bengtson in the second half gave the Catrachos a 2-1 lead and boos and whistles filled Azteca for the remaining minutes of the game as El Tri futilely looked to grab an equalizer.

For Bengtson, it was redemption as he had been kicked off the national team before the qualifier against the USA in June for insulting Coach Luis Suarez.

Panama finished with a 15-2 edge in shots but had to settle for a 0-0 tie with Jamaica, which lost Rodolph Austin with a red card in the 58th minute.

Hexagonal Results:
Sept. 6
Costa Rica 3 USA 1
Mexico 1 Honduras 2
Panama 0 Jamaica 0

Hexagonal Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
14 Costa Rica 4-2-1 11/5
13 USA 4-1-2 8/6
10 Honduras 3-1-3 8/8
8 Mexico 1-5-1 4/4
7 Panama 1-4-2 5/7
3 Jamaica 0-3-4 2/8

Hexagonal Schedule:
Sept. 10
USA-Mexico
Jamaica-Costa Rica
Honduras-Panama
Oct. 11
USA-Jamaica
Mexico-Panama
Honduras-Costa Rica
Oct. 15
Panama-USA
Jamaica-Honduras
Costa Rica-Mexico


2 comments
  1. John Soares
    commented on: September 7, 2013 at 3:51 p.m.
    The only surprise here is that it took so long!

  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: September 9, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.
    John, Exactly... This guy should of been gone since before confederations cup.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Goal celebration sends player into abyss    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] After Joel scored a fine goal for Brazilian club Coritiba he ...
Guardiola: Bayern Munich deserved to win    
[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Wednesday] Off to a relatively quiet start to its league season, German champion ...
Impact edges Red Bulls to take command    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Wednesday] In a Concacaf matchup of MLS teams, Montreal went with its stars, ...
Lichaj's Nottingham Forest stays on top    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Eric Lichaj, one of the few available European-based U.S. internationals not called into the ...
Women take to turf for final qualifying warmup    
[USA-MEXICO] With the threat of U.S. women's national team players to sue FIFA over the issue ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Midweek] In 2013, North Carolina came up against William & Mary as the No. 1 ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Midweek] No. 2 Virginia improved to 8-0-0 with a 5-0 victory over Old Dominion. The ...
A neat free-kick goal from Down Under     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Choreographed free kicks usually don't work out better than a simple shot on ...
Charlotte gains Independence as Eagles' successor    
[USL PRO] The Charlotte Independence will take the place of the Charlotte Eagles in USL PRO ...
What They're Saying: Clint Dempsey    
"We talked about trying to win the U.S. Open Cup, Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup. This ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives