What They're Saying: Juan Carlos Osorio

"Evidently I went too far, specifically with one of their assistants. We always understood and respected their playing idea, a very direct type of football, with a lot of contact. But when [the assistant] crossed the line and it becomes an outrage against Fair Play, that's where the limit in accepting things reaches."

-- Mexico's American-educated coach Juan Carlos Osorio, apologizing to TV viewers for a foul-mouthed outburst in English toward an assistant coach on the New Zealand bench in the first half of El Tri's 2-1 win in a tense Confederations Cup match. (ESPN FC)
1 comment about "What They're Saying: Juan Carlos Osorio".
  1. R2 Dad, June 22, 2017 at 11:13 a.m.

    Osorio deserves a lot of credit for how the team is playing, and I don't understand why he is taking so much heat for the rotation strategy. He's getting results, and that should satisfy the trolls. This language thing, though, has to have limits regardless of his assessment of whether or not the NZ coach was behaving inappropriately. FIFA manages that, not national team coaches. Mexico's strategy was to go down under any contact, and NZ's strategy was to dare the center ref to eject players for reckless/excessive force contact. Because the center only gave a foul and not a card for the heading challenge that resulted in a forearm to the neck of the Mexican player, he lost control of the match. That's always a yellow if not a red but the match spun up as a result. To make matters worse, replays show that first yellow card against NZ was very soft--the players foot barely nipped the Mexican's foot but because of "enhancement" there was a card issued. I wouldn't call it a dive but Salcedo was injured not by the NZ player but by tumbling after the light contact. Mexico were much better after the break once they were able to link play from back to front, but Osorio--the Mexican Klinsmann--has Mexico running through the gears ahead of their big match against Chile/Germany.

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