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Aguirre Suspended 3 Matches

Mexico will play its Gold Cup group finale tonight against Guadeloupe (7 p.m., Univision) without Coach Javier Aguirre, who was suspended three games by CONCACAF for kicking Panamanian player Ricardo Phillips along the sideline Thursday in Houston. Aguirre would return for the tournament final, should El Tri make it that far. If it does not, he would miss World Cup qualifiers, starting with the Aug. 12 showdown with the USA at Azteca.

The Mexican federation was also fined $25,000 for the unruly response by bench personnel. In a comprehensive review of the incident, the governing body said: "After reviewing video and several reports from numerous officials on site, including the match commissioner, referee, assistant referees and others, the disciplinary committee determined that while Aguirre was not attempting to injure Phillips, he did leave his designated area to engage in activities that resulted in contact and instigated the incident."

This, of course, was not the first act of misbehavior by the Mexican squad. Remember goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez's childish attempt to kick Eddie Johnson after the USA scored a second goal in a 2007 friendly? Or assistant coach Paco Ramirez slapping Frankie Hejduk in the Crew Stadium tunnel after the USA's World Cup qualifying victory early this year? Or how about Rafael Marquez's red cards in 2002 and 2009?

Can't wait for Aug. 12.....

By Steve Goff  |  July 12, 2009; 10:41 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , Gold Cup , Mexico  
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Me either Goff. I like em' real thick and juicy...;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | July 12, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

So, it's thee games for a coach who physically interferes with play. Didn't Michael Bradley get a four game suspension for his recent red card? He must have said a really bad word!
Sure, that makes sense.

Posted by: Real_Mobile | July 12, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Aguirre update, Steve. The Mexicans sure don't lack for passion, but they seem to misdirect it in ways that harm themselves.

I hope the Aug. 12 match is worth the wait, unlike our last trip to Azteca! A win by the US could cause the Tricolor to hit the panic button on their qualifying campaign.

I've been reflecting on the Honduran fans at last week's match at RFK. While there were some unruly folks throwing beer cups at the end, and I witnessed a Catracho-on-Catracho brawl in the upper deck, I think the Hondurans have some class, so I wish them well (except of course during our return trip to Honduras for WCQ). They didn't boo during our National Anthem, and their cheering was pretty positive for their side (the "Hon-DUR-asss" chant and the "Ole" chant). Some of their fans came from out of state to support their team; that's awesome.

The Mexicans have a history of disrespectful conduct and lack of class, and we (US) seem to have gotten into their heads to the point that they have difficulty getting any results against our teams, despite a great deal of talent.

All that the Mexicans can trot out on us regarding disrespect was Landylakes relieving himself inside one of their stadia during an Olympic qualifying tournament. Wow! That sure is a trend of disrespect!

Posted by: billindmd | July 12, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I actually hadn't remembered. Thanks for jogging the memory, Goff.

Anyone watch SportsCenter? The second Haitian goal was #6 and the Nats were #5. Holden's goal for the tie was #3 and the Nats were #2. That's huge. The Nats made the top plays twice...

Also in the Top Plays, NBA Summer League action... Nice block by former-Hokie Deron Washington and a three from behind the NBA line for some little kids in a scrimmage during those games. Gotta love Top Plays.

Posted by: sitruc | July 12, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I think not being better than us (so clearly and definitively) drove them mad.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 12, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

And if I recall, Sanchez wasn't disciplined by the ref nor CONCACAF for his blatant attempt at kicking EJ.

Posted by: delantero | July 12, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

An obnoxious MLS poll on the website . . which MLS stadium is toughest for opponents: BMO, Qwest, Crew Stadium, Rio Tinto, Other.

4 Cups and no respect for RFK.

Posted by: delantero | July 12, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Goff, what's the chance of DC United signing Pavel Nedved?

Posted by: Konoha7 | July 12, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

It's 12:38. Have any Mexican players been fined or carded yet?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 12, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

What would happen if the powers that be in Mexico fire Aguirre before the next match? I dont guess the new coach would serve the suspention so isnt now a good time to cut the man loose? Mind you I hope they are coachless in Aug. It would make a nice illiteration with "classless".

Posted by: Gavinmgraham | July 12, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Where were the Davis Cup tennis and Tour de France comments?

Posted by: sitruc | July 12, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Three was not enough. I for one am sick and tired of their classless behavior. The Mexican Federation needs to step up and clean house. I'm enjoying their freefall but they are really disgracing their reputation. First and foremost, this squad could really use some discipline and it always starts at the top.

Posted by: croftonpost | July 12, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

If you are tired of Gold Cup, FSC is replaying the Xmas week game, when Dempsey scored a brace against Chelsea.

Posted by: fischy | July 12, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Careful guys. The USA is the team setting the record for red cards at the Confederations cup. But in the case of the USA, it is mostly simple stupidity and ignorance of how to play the game at the highest levels, rather than passion. The effect is the same and it certainly looks like a lack of class. Bradley needs to get his team, including his own son to play with some strategy.

Posted by: dasumner | July 12, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

@Konoha7: From the chat on the DC United website (oops, I wrote "the DC United")

Is DC United interested in picking up more DP's over the summer/fall? From Aaron McCollum - 1:31 pm

I don’t think we’ll be picking up another DP this year. We’re very happy with our group right now, and while we might try to fill a spot or two, we will look to do that in ways other than by acquiring and using another DP slot. From Kevin Payne - 1:39 pm

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 12, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Goff, what's the chance of DC United signing Pavel Nedved?

Posted by: Konoha7 | July 12, 2009 12:16 PM

Thanks for the question, Konoha. It seemed silly, but you led me to use the Google. Seems like it is not such a silly question, after all. If this Sky report is right, he is very open to a short stint in MLS.,19528,11854_5426909,00.html

If they could land Nedved -- it would be worth living with Burch at left back and maybe some lack of depth in the midfield. Send Emilio down south. Use the DP cap room for Nedved. DCU could still sign some other players.

Posted by: fischy | July 12, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

@I-270. Yes, KP said that. If you told him, in private, that Nedved was interested, you might get a different answer. He could be another Schelotto -- both amazingly fit and talented beyond what this league is used to seeing.

Posted by: fischy | July 12, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

He also said he rarely reads Soccer Insider, but right now, I am hoping he sees this thread, or the Sky report.

Posted by: fischy | July 12, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

And DC could save money by pulling out the old "Medved" jerseys and use a little white-out (or a sharpie for the home jerseys).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 12, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@fischy = Pavel Nedved was one of my favorite guys at Juventus. I've seen what he can do and I think he'd be a great addition to DC United. I know we already have Gomez as an attacking mid, but we could try a Chelsea-esque formation


Or we could sell Emilio and Fred to someone (Maybe Chivas needs some goals) and then pick up a true goalscorer. Just my thoughts.

Goff, is there anything you can get for us?

Posted by: Konoha7 | July 12, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I can hear the Barra now: Pa-ve Ned-ved! Pa-vel Ned-ved!

Posted by: fischy | July 12, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, seems an excellent pick up, but it also seems like it woul take quite a bit to make it happen.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 12, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Goff - thx for checking in.

Just 3 games? US needs to hire an instigator for the coaching staff. It seems to be a good exchange - red card for a opponent player and a coach. And the coach is out for an additional 3 games. Big whoop.

Appropriate penalty would be 6 months.

Posted by: J_S_F | July 12, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The appropriate penalty would be to kiss Blanco.

Posted by: Hoost | July 12, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

WTF #1: University of Phoenix Stadium is empty for Panama-Nicaragua, but it still sounds like a stadium full of horns.
WTF #2: Why did I get a dcunited "tweet" to my phone that said "don'twanttodohomework don'twanttodohomework" a bunch of times?

Posted by: sitruc | July 12, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Panama just took a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute.

Posted by: sitruc | July 12, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Mexico/Guadalupe just kicked off and Mexico already had a good chance in the first minute. If Mexico wins, could this be the upset of the tournament?

Posted by: sitruc | July 12, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Somebody jog my memory and remind me who said they'd never heard "vuvezelas" before a few weeks ago... Hear em now?

Any mention of what the temp is inside the the stadium? They've got a heck of an air conditioner up in the place.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 12, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Where were the Davis Cup tennis and Tour de France comments?

Posted by: sitruc | July 12, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

we didn't want to cramp your style or get too off topic when you started talking about Deron Washington and children shooting 3 pointers...;-)
Tour has a rest day tomorrow, lucky for you. I did realize from fischy and a neighbor that this might not be the best place for TDF spoilage. I'll refrain.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 12, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Is it the University of Phoenix Stadium or Chase Field that has the air conditioning system that cools neighboring areas as well?

Posted by: sitruc | July 12, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

But in the case of the USA, it is mostly simple stupidity and ignorance of how to play the game at the highest levels, rather than passion.

Posted by: dasumner | July 12, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Translation: When you play teams like Brazil and Italy instead of actually being a good soccer player you have to be a good enough actor to win an Oscar. Until the US learns how to take dives and fall to the ground repeatedly with unexplained injuries they will never be “beautiful” soccer players. Beating Spain is ok but had we beaten Spain by faking injuries and getting lots of free kicks then we would have been a passionate and incredible team!

I for one will be backing the stupid and ignorant teams of Australia, Japan, Korea, Other Korea, the US and any teams from Africa.

Posted by: Southeasterner | July 12, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

"But in the case of the USA, it is mostly simple stupidity and ignorance of how to play the game at the highest levels, rather than passion."

What a simply insulting comment. Obviously, the poster did not watch the Confed games because nearly all of the straight red cards were highly controversial calls that would have been yellow cards most of the time.

Posted by: lightgrw | July 12, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Nedved would be a virtually certain success provided he takes MLS seriously. However, we have to consider the rapidly-approaching retirement of 2 club legends (Moreno and Olsen), the possible departure of Emilio (at the least, I'd expect the club to try to renegotiate his deal down from a DP salary, unless he returns from injury with all guns blazing), and the fact that Gomez, even with his recent good form, will be 35 by the time this year ends.

DCU did a great job both in the draft and in the transfer market building a nucleus of future stars. Pontius and Wallace, provided we can hang on to them long-term, will be top tier MLS players. Wicks is only 25, so he should continue to improve and will have many years ahead of him. Jakovic turns 24 this month, and is the best center back we've had since Nelsen left. However, we need to build on that group if we want success over the next few years. Let's not forget, the club is still fighting for a stadium. When we try to convince local jurisdictions to let us build, one of our big arguments is that we're the only team in town that actually wins things. It'll be hard to argue that if we're mired in a stretch of mediocre seasons. Last year sucked, and this year, while promising, is still up for grabs.

Signing someone like Nedved could be a quality stopgap to bridge the time between our current vets riding off into the sunset and our young guns becoming all stars. However, it could just as easily be a salary cap albatross that prevents us from replacing our veterans with similar quality players. I think after being burned by Gallardo, we won't see a move like that for a little while (unless the CBA raises the cap by much more than I doubling it, for example).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 12, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully FIFA will step in and extend his suspension. Mike Bradley getting 4 games for merely calling a spade a spade (i.e. Commenting on how poor the officiating is and what b.s. his red-card was), and Aquirre only getting 3 games for kicking a player... bullheaps...

Posted by: alecw81 | July 12, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Somebody jog my memory and remind me who said they'd never heard "vuvezelas" before a few weeks ago... Hear em now?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 12, 2009 7:31 PM

You may be referring to me. Of course, horns have been heard into stadiums since time immemorial, but had most people ever heard the word "vuvuzela" untill a month ago? The term appears to refer to a specific type of horn that is indigenous to South Africa. That is the impression one gets from the relevant Wikipedia article. If that is not correct, someone should edit the Wiki article accordingly.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 13, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Make that "in stadiums."

Posted by: universityandpark | July 13, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse


You're a daidiot.

Posted by: croftonpost | July 13, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

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