Peralta's game-winner symbolizes Tri efforts

[MEXICO-JAPAN] Mexico is assured of becoming the first Concacaf country to win an Olympic medal in men's soccer as it beat Japan, 3-1, in Tuesday's semifinals at Wembley Stadium, gaining revenge for its 2-0 loss to Japan in the bronze-medal game at the 1968 Mexico City Games.

Japan went ahead on Yuki Otsu's goal in the 12th minute, but Mexico responded on goals by Marco Fabian in the 31st minute -- the first Japan had allowed in five games -- Oribe Peralta in the 65th minute and Javier Cortes in stoppage time.

The killer goal was Peralta's goal. He won the ball after Japanese defender Takahiro Ohgihara held it too long following Japan keeper Shuichi Gonda's pass and buried his shot into the top corner of the goal.

“I have never scored a goal that went so close to the top corner,” he said. “That goal represented everything we tried to do today because I fought for the ball, I got it back and I shot with all my strength.”

Mexico will return to Wembley Stadium and face Brazil in Saturday's gold-medal game.

"That's just it, we are 90 minutes away from history," said defender Carlos Salcido, one of three overage players Mexico brought. "That is the way we are looking at it."

35 comments about "Peralta's game-winner symbolizes Tri efforts".
  1. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 7, 2012 at 11:39 p.m.

    Mexico's resume after World Cup 2010. W.C. U17 Champs, W.C. U20 3rd place, Gold Cup Champs, And now Olympic Finalist. I know Brian Bliss would hate to compliment them but he might have to get used to it. Mexico youth development and recruitment/player ID is defenitely the model to follow. 99% of Mexico's Olympic players are Mexican League players and most are starters. How many homegrown U23's for Usa? Will e keep looking at Europe for answers or we will look a lot closer?

  2. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 8, 2012 at 9:04 a.m.

    Mexico's U23's also won PanAmerican Olympics beating Argentina in Final.

  3. David Mont, August 8, 2012 at 9:39 a.m.

    Sorry, but until Mexico does something in a World Cup, they will remain a second-rate power.

  4. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 8, 2012 at 10:34 a.m.

    second rate to who? What would that make USA, 3rd or 4th rate? Mexico is emerging, coming out strong in last 1.5 years by establishing world dominance from U17-U23 and a Top 10 on the Men's side. They have won everything but World Cup in last 2 years but look better than most for Men's World Cups to come. Do you still think England is a Top Rate Soccer Nation? I think they are now 3rd rate if going by you're analogy.

  5. Gordon Hayes, August 8, 2012 at 12:42 p.m.

    Please don't bite on Luis', who never played the game, continued efforts to divide nationalities and races. AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS know he lies about everything - i.e. Mexico is 18th in FIFA latest world rankings.

  6. John Hooper, August 8, 2012 at 2:04 p.m.

    Luis Arreola's point that Mexico's youth teams have seen a lot of recent success is still valid. Those youth players are fighting for places on their club teams and (increasingly) the senior national team. Compare this to the 1990s and early 2000s, when generation after generation of promising Mexican youth players stalled in their development at some point between the ages of 19 and 21, never becoming anything more than average domestic league players. Just look back at the potential shown by players like Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Cesareo Victorino, Miguel Zepeda, Edgar Andrade, Cesar Villauz, and countless other youngsters. All of them ended up being no better than decent players for the Mexican League. Finally, it's starting to look like the changes the FMF put in place (like the under-21 minutes rule--which they have bizarrly abandoned) and changes wihtin the Mexican clubs' academies may be starting to pay off. I agree, we have yet to see if these kids can kick on to win something at the senior level, but at least there is a lot of promising talent. Just as importatnly, there are no obvious holes or gaps on the team. There are 1 or 2 strong players at every position--something I have never seen before with Mexican youth teams.

  7. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 8, 2012 at 2:52 p.m.

    Hooper, excellent points. We must aknowledge this success that are neigbors are enjoying at te youth levels to better prepare our own youth. It must start with player Id and recruitment. The continuos and mor intense scouting from our southern Hispanic countries in Usa should be an indicator of the untapped talent we are choosing to ovrsee. Morons like Gordon, who only and always makes the same ignorant rant

  8. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 8, 2012 at 2:58 p.m.

    Sorry, morons like Gordon are what hurts soccer in Usa. I fel there are too many of them to let soccer evolve. They refuse to acknowledge the obvious because they are blinded by their bias feelings. For Brian Bliss to say he would hate to compliment Mexico's success as of late, saids alot.

  9. Frank Daze, August 8, 2012 at 2:59 p.m.

    First off, FIFA rankings are way off... They have portugal, Uruguay, Italy, Argentina in like 4th to 7th spots... Mexico is 18th... Isn't FIFA aware of how successful Mexico has been in the past yrs!??? Why has Uruguay done lately, Portugal and Argentina as well?? Not much !! What tournaments, or what championships have they won lately... Mexico has been outshining many American and European countries with their championships starting with the u-17 and so forth... Seems as if there's too many stubborn meathead thinkers that don't know how accept the fact that there's a rapid successful growth in mexicos futbol.... People, this is not football!!

  10. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 8, 2012 at 4 p.m.

    Wow Gordon, it seems you are targeting the wrong crowd brother. How abut you try making a point out of youre opinions with intelligence?

  11. Gordon Hayes, August 9, 2012 at 1:34 a.m.

    Guys, some valid points - I just try and warn people about Luis is all - I also want the US to do well - we can learn from anywhere and assuredly those FIFA polls could use some work but I try and do my part and point out when Luis writes blatant lies so nobody in our passionate soccer community is duped - he lies and gets caught at it and notice he did not even say he was wrong (about Mexico's rank) - just called me a racist and used his tiresome victimhood complaints about biased selection process AND THIS GUY IS IN CHARGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE. I, for one, will not stand by and let anyone continually lie and continually badmouth American coaches and continue to influence kids poorly. Luis feels coaches in the USA know nothing about soccer and he has publicly stated that and feels that the only criteria to be a knowledgeable soccer person is one's ethnicity or family lineage or place of birth. LUIS NEVER PLAYED THE GAME. In the end, Luis is a race-baiter and a victim that lies constantly so PLEASE do not be influenced by his race-baiting morally corrupt ideology.

  12. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 9, 2012 at 8:33 a.m.

    Gordon, you are obsessed with me and its getting really wierd. Youre not pne of those suicide mass murderers are you? Everyone here can easily witness how bias and ignorant you are by just noticing that I never said Mexico was ranked top 10. What I said was "Mexico is estabkishing itself as a top 10 soccer country". That is regardless of what Fifa saids, dumby. Youre hate for me makes you read things ompletely different as to everyone else. Thats why no one usually agrees with you on youre rants. Coincidentlly, none of what you said about me is true. You are rrying too hard and it is evident. Why dont you try stating an own opinion so people can see where youre coming from instead of these ignorant rants that everyone just sees as laughable nonsense? By the way, Gordon is a college grad and college occer coach. Enough said.

  13. Gordon Hayes, August 9, 2012 at 2:40 p.m.

    Guys - Clear lies as always, what Luis really said was - "Mexico is emerging, coming out strong in last 1.5 years by establishing world dominance from U17-U23 and a Top 10 on the Men's side." Any educated person can easily see, with the capitalization, etc., that infers a FIFA Top 10 ranking so more lies - he even has the audacity and deceitful lack of morality that he put quotation marks around a sentence that was not the sentence he wrote!!!! Don't take the bait guys - HE NEVER PLAYED THE GAME, LIES ALL THE TIME (as you can clearly see and tries to even lie his way out of it), AND IS A DADDY COACH THAT THINKS NOBODY IN AMERICA (college coaches, pro coaches, USSF staff coaches, white people, people born in America with parents born in America) KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE GAME. It is a perverse reverse racism that infects our beautiful game and it is a victimhood that affects many in our great country.

  14. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 9, 2012 at 6:50 p.m.

    Gordon, what the hell are you smoking? What did I say about U.S.S.F. Coaches? Both sentences say the same thing and is what I meant with slightly differnt words. How are the 2 sentences different? The key word there in both is "emerging" stupid. In my opinion, not Fifas, Mexico is a top 10 at the moment and for years to come. Why do you hate Mexico's success so much?

  15. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 9, 2012 at 6:54 p.m.

    Lol, so capitalization of Mens automatically infer s Fifa Rakings?? Wow!! You are one dumb college grad/coach!! I got to get a hold of youre college employer!!

  16. Gordon Hayes, August 9, 2012 at 9:32 p.m.

    Guys - someone please help Luis out on how to use quotes and what they mean and about the capitalization of 'Top10' and what that infers - he cannot even understand these simple things and please explain to him when he he says things like (and these are exact quotes) "White people are Better Golfers and Hispanics are better Soccer Players in USA" and "the U17 would had played much better if it had more 9 Hispanics as starters at the least" and "I know how to work this system to my advantage and will do so. Hey, if Usa wont appreciate us then lets keep going to our nother countries. It will be funny to watch this jeep blowing up in teir face." - it makes him a racist and a victim.

  17. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 9, 2012 at 9:42 p.m.

    Wow!! Yes please, someone else tell me how what I said certainly meadt Fifa ranked. Gordon, you are an obsessed racist idiot. Why dont you give us an opinion on Mexico's Superiority in player development as of late? Notice, no quotation marks.

  18. Gordon Hayes, August 9, 2012 at 10 p.m.

    And someone please explain to Luis, since he lies all the time, that when he says (exact quote) "Very few in USA know much about soccer"- that this indicates how he feels about coaches in the USA which includes USSF staff coaches, club coaches and college coaches, etc. and explain to him what racism means.

  19. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 10, 2012 at 12:22 p.m.

    Nobody cares for youre rants Gordon. Hipocrit.

  20. Gordon Hayes, August 10, 2012 at 4:16 p.m.

    Guys - more lies and more proof for you that Luis is a LIAR with no morals (and teaches his players the same) - from another poster - "I have been reading articles and comments on this website and Luis is ALWAYS making it about how the MAN is holding back "Hispanics" but mainly talking about Mexican-Americans. He always points out that Mexico are taking players from the US for their national senior and youth teams but ignores the fact that the USSF does extremely well in keeping the dual-nationals. I'm pretty sure that he wants to see the US senior side to have 11 Mexican-Americans.".....And...... "looks like me and Gordon have said that we don't care the racial background as long as the best players are playing and the US in can be 90% black, 90% white, 90% asians,90% Hispanics, I could care less.....but it looks like you want 90% Hispanics because of racial bias." LUIS IS A LIAR - NEVER, EVER PAY ATTENTION TO HIS RACE-BAITING POSTS.

  21. Gordon Hayes, August 10, 2012 at 4:35 p.m.

    "Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have.[1] Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.".........From Luis' own website "Coach Luis believes and teaches his young players something that has been overlooked in American Soccer : Loyalty, Comradery, Honor." First, he criticizes American soccer without knowing all of the facts then he preaches honor and then HYPOCRITICALLY lies all the time.

  22. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 10, 2012 at 10:14 p.m.

    Still, nobody cares, Gordon, you lunatic.

  23. Gordon Hayes, August 11, 2012 at 12:13 a.m.

    "nobody"means not another person - still more lies from Luis even when facts are presented - BLIND, RACE-BAITING, VICTIM WHO HATES THE US - "It will be funny to watch this jeep blowing up in teir face."

  24. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 11, 2012 at 12:55 a.m.

    This jeep blowing up in their face? What does that mean Cray Gordon?

  25. Gordon Hayes, August 11, 2012 at 1:06 a.m.

    Someone please help Luis - you may think he cant possibly be this stupid but he really is when he cant even recognize his own quote.

  26. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 11, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.

    Hey Gordon, Mexico won again!! You can kiss my brown ass!!

  27. Gordon Hayes, August 12, 2012 at 1:02 a.m.

    Someone please tell Luis that I am glad Mexico won unlike the racist who thinks it is "funny" when the USA loses. Nobody hates white people or the US more than Mr. Victim - Luis.

  28. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 12, 2012 at 9:17 a.m.

    Hate is such a strpng word. You should be careful using it so much. I love Usa. That is why I must demand excellence from it and not cpntrobute to the mediocrity. You should try it!!!

  29. Gordon Hayes, August 12, 2012 at 12:16 p.m.

    Someone explain to Luis that when he says it will be "funny" to watch the US lose that is disloyal and shows his true feelings for our great country. Luis only likes some parts of the US - hispanics - which is why he is a racist and a damaging factor for soccer in this country.

  30. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 12, 2012 at 3:29 p.m.

    Yea somebody explain it to e because Gordon isnt talking to me right npw. Petty. Its funny and sad to see how mediocre our player seection has been in the richest country in the qorld. I want t be prpud but as a true Amerian can not be. Somebody explain to Gordon here that showing pride or support for a faied system doe not go hand in hand with loyalty. I would say loyalty is demanding exactly what we are capble of from our country and not settling for mediocrcy.

  31. Gordon Hayes, August 12, 2012 at 5:36 p.m.

    Someone explain to Luis that when he says it will be "funny" to watch the US lose that means he takes joy is watching our country fail. More racial divide. Pity.

  32. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 12, 2012 at 8:28 p.m.

    No Stupid, it means I find amusing that we continue to show no real effort in pickig the very best players available in Usa.

  33. Luis Arreola from Athletico SC, August 12, 2012 at 8:31 p.m.

    Its funny but not far from sad that we first expect to win this way nd then make excuses like we dont have the best athletes. Some choose to cry. I close to laugh.

  34. Gordon Hayes, August 13, 2012 at 1:59 a.m.

    Found another poster's comments about Luis - "Every time you say mark my words, Luis, the opposite happens. Well played, Luis, well played. You are a USA fan after all." SO MORE LIES from Luis.............And another poster "Wow, Luis, so angry aren't we?? Don't worry, I deal with this all the time.....ya da, ya da, "free country" ya da, ya da "negativity towards mexicans" etc." SO, AGAIN, LUIS HAS BEEN CALLED OUT NUMEROUS TIMES BY SEVERAL OTHERS WHO SEE HIM FOR THE RACE-BAITER HE IS.

  35. Gordon Hayes, August 13, 2012 at 2:11 a.m.

    This is what Luis believes about American soccer...."Coach Luis believes and teaches his young players something that has been overlooked in American Soccer : Loyalty, Comradery, Honor." Go to his racially segregated club website and learn what this idiot is all about at He feels nobody in the US teaches the virtues of loyalty, comradery, or honor and that apparently he is the only one.............And he feels "Very few in USA know much about soccer."........Luis never played the game, hates white people, thinks only hispanics can play soccer well, cries and makes excuses when his son does not make a certain team, cries and makes excuses when not enough hispanics are chosen for a US team - he is a victim and a race-baiter and a divisive element in the US - him and his 'I didn't play" buddy Ric - blind racists.....Go USA women and men of all races!!!!

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