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Video: Mexico-Sweden Friendly

1-0, Swedes:

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2009; 12:01 PM ET
Categories:  Mexico  
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Boy, how badly does that team miss the play and leadership of Rafa Marquez?? Whst shoddy defending!

Posted by: throwin | January 29, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I know when the US played the Swedes they fielded a B/C squad. Did the Mexicans field a similar (B/C) squad or was this pretty close to being their A squad?

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | January 29, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

MEX has so many injuries and suspensions right now, B/C *is* their A squad. Sven told the press that he wasn't going to reveal his hand this close before the MEX-USA game, but I don't think he had much of a choice about it.


I know those were highlights, but that looked like a much more open game than the USA-SWE game was.

Posted by: glfrazier | January 29, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

My, my. What has happened to El Tri? I love the US/Mexico rivalry, but it's only a rivalry when both teams are good.

What happened to the Mexico squad that plays so well against Argentina or Brazil. Where is that team? They need some serious help.

I'll laugh and love it if Mexico fails to qualify for Africa '10, but in reality, that's terrible for CONCACAF. There needs to be at least two "superpowers" in the region.

Posted by: TCompton | January 29, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Can we please stop allowing the Mexicans to play on our soil? Disgusting.

Posted by: Hoost | January 29, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@Hoost,

I agree - but if you're the Mexican federation - you can make a ton more money by playing your friendlies in the United States where the Mexican/Hispanic population is high enough and the demand is high enough to support it. You can play in better stadiums and charge more for seats because the disposable income levels are higher among that segment here as well.

You could also call up Calderon and tell him that he should just apply to be the 51st State and we won't have to worry about jobs leaving the country anymore or defending the border.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 29, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

BWAHAHAHA!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 29, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Those Swedes can cross...

Posted by: Reignking | January 29, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

You could also call up Calderon and tell him that he should just apply to be the 51st State and we won't have to worry about jobs leaving the country anymore or defending the border.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 29, 2009 1:00 PM
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Aha! The secret plan for America's independence from foreign oil cones out!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 29, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

SI is reporting that Gallardo has terminated his contract with DCU.

Posted by: Redly | January 29, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Redly | January 29, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible to out-scoop Goffinho?

Well. Glad I didn't get a Gallardo shirt last year.

Posted by: Str8Red | January 29, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Goal.com has it as a done deal too, though it looks like a wire service news blurb very similar to SI's.

http://www.goal.com/en/news/585/argentina/2009/01/29/1084051/gallardo-close-to-river-plate-return

Posted by: throwin | January 29, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Goal.com has it as a done deal too, though it looks like a wire service news blurb very similar to SI's.

http://www.goal.com/en/news/585/argentina/2009/01/29/1084051/gallardo-close-to-river-plate-return

Posted by: throwin | January 29, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

What does the Gallardo departure do for the deal with VW where he was to be the DC/VW shirt wearing spokesman to Latin Americans?

Look at all that signange that is going to have to come down...

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 29, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Senor Goff: a week or two ago, you indcated that because Benny's contract was a guaranteed contract, DC wouldn't recover his salary cap hit even if he retired at this this point. Can you clarify this? In particular, can you clarify what this means re: the stuff going on with Gallardo? His contract was guaranteed too. Does DC somehow not recover his salary cap hit?

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | January 29, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Those linked articles about Gallardo all go to the same article (Gregory Sica from goal.com) which just seems like a summary of the various stories that were posted yesterday.

I checked some of the Argie sports sites (Ole/Clarin, TyCSports) and, unlike yesterday, they don't seem to be reporting much that's new. Seems the next step is still the reaction to Gallardo's physical.

Mexico was pretty underwhelming last night but the result was meaningless. Some important vets were on the field like Osvaldo Sanchez, Pavel Pardo & Sinha - but they were teamed up with many experimental players. Mexico does have some serious injury worries (Marquez, Guardado, Magallon) but their team in Columbus should be considerably more coherent.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 29, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

What does the Gallardo departure do for the deal with VW where he was to be the DC/VW shirt wearing spokesman to Latin Americans?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 29, 2009 1:45 PM
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Maybe Walter Martinez will replace him. Oops. Never mind.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 29, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

unfortunately for DC, 'Pery' Martinez was officially presented by Alaves today.
http://www.alaves.com/

Posted by: nico78 | January 29, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Carlo Costly signed loan with Birmingham (ENG), Honduran press reports the LA Galaxy were trying to sign him too along with some others. fyi
http://diez.hn/Sintesis/Lo-ultimo/Ediciones/2009/01/29/Noticias/Carlo-Costly-a-convencer-en-Inglaterra

Posted by: nico78 | January 29, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Goffinho!! We're most interested in news about DCU. No more WC 2022, no more Mex-Sweden. We want to know what is going on with Marcello Gallardo, Christian Gomez, Andrew Jacobson, and Lyle Adams. Your blog is getting tons of hits, but no one wants to comment on the stories at the moment. Again, we're dying to hear more about DCU... :)

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | January 29, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't read too much into the Mexico match. Sven-Goran has to make sure he's got someplace to retire to, and you don't get welcomed back to the Swedish Federation by beating up on them. HA!

Posted by: Modibo | January 29, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

There's no reason to criticize playing this match in the U.S. The whole Sweden tour was sponsored by SUM. In other words, it benefits the MLS' marketing arm. I'm happy to have them play friendlies here indefinitely, though I suspect Mexicans are less happy with it.

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure Gallardo or any other player, can unilaterally terminate their contract. It may be SI playing a little loose with the wording, but they make it sound like he just walked and DC got nothing out of it.

Posted by: owendylan | January 29, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Why is it disgusting for Mexico to play in the US? Mexico is going through some amazingly difficult times right now. The words "failed state" are starting to appear in discussions about it. Frankly, even if you don't like Mexico or Mexicans (why that would be I have no idea), it's in everyone's interest for things to get better. Soccer is a galvanizing piece of their culture, anything we do to help it (yes, help) can only be good--even if that just means letting their fed earn a little extra coin by playing a match here.

Posted by: comfortstarr | January 30, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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