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Sanchez Dismissed

Mexico has seen enough. Hugo Sanchez, who again failed to beat the USA and could not get his U-23s through group play of Olympic qualifying, has been fired.

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hugo Sanchez was fired as coach of Mexico's soccer team on Monday, two weeks after El Tri's under-23 team was eliminated from Olympic qualifying. The Mexican soccer federation fired Sanchez after 16 months on the job, having failed to deliver on promises of regional titles and an Olympic medal. The decision of the Mexican federation committee, made up of the directors of the first-division clubs, was unanimous. The failure to qualify for Beijing is particularly stinging for Mexican players of this generation, who won the Under-17 World Cup in Peru in 2005 and reached the quarterfinals at the Under-20 Word Cup in Canada last year. Jesus Ramirez, who guided the Mexican U17s to their 2005 title, was installed as the interim manager of Mexico. Before taking the helm, Sanchez went on a four-year campaign to become Mexico's manager, repeatedly criticizing predecessor Ricardo La Volpe and promising to make the team a world champion.

Will anyone miss him? I doubt it.

By Steve Goff  |  March 31, 2008; 6:56 PM ET
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