Mexico 2, U.S. 1: El Tri Earns Late Win at Azteca

August 13, 2009

Mexico Swine Flu
Azteca Stadium
“A tense second half ends the way all but one previous U.S.-Mexico encounter at Azteca has ended. El Tri are victorious, giving Coach Javier Aguirre his second consecutive win over the United States and boosting the national morale.” (NYT)

A Line Was Drawn at Estadio Azteca
“They would not give up their domination of their region, not in their home, not to the Americans. To a sports fan, sitting back and watching, it was admirable, the way the Mexican team regrouped, facing the disaster of a loss in Estadio Azteca.” (NYT – George Vecsey)

Player Ratings: U.S. vs. Mexico
“What a difference two weeks made … until it didn’t. For 82 pressure-packed minutes at Azteca Stadium, the United States held Mexico at arms length in a critical Concacaf World Cup qualifier between the region’s two giants.” (NYT)

Mexico Restores Order to Its Universe
“The United States took its first lead in four decades of playing soccer at Estadio Azteca on Wednesday, but the advantage proved as thin and gasping as the air at high altitude. Meanwhile, Mexico played with great patience, controlling possession along with its emotions, remaining serene despite enormous pressure not to lose at home for the first time to the Americans and further jeopardize its ability to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.” (NYT)

USA falls at Azteca again as Mexico nets late winner
“The Americans almost escaped Estadio Azteca with a point, but Mexico kepts its cool and created the game-winning chance it needed. Miguel Sabah’s 82nd minute goal off a Jay DeMerit deflection gave Mexico a 2-1 victory against the United States and breathed some much-needed life in ‘El Tri’s’ World Cup qualifying hopes.” (Soccer By Ives – V)

USA vs. Mexico (Matchday Commentary)
“The time has finally arrived. The U.S. men’s national team is in Estadio Azteca today to take on Mexico in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Mexico City. The Americans have never beaten Mexico in Mexico, but come in riding the confidence of a strong showing in this summer’s Confederation’s Cup.” (Soccer By Ives)

Mexico – USA: We Are Quasi-Live-Blogging This
“Come and hang out around, say, 3:55 pm Eastern, for a sort of live blog of the USA-Mexico game. This isn’t going to be the kind of live blog where I print the team sheets and, you know, write a lot of “things” designed to “help” the fan who isn’t watching the match. This is going to be more like an occasionally-updating commentary track.” (Run of Play)

Portugal: new season previewed by Pedro Pinto

August 13, 2009

“Whether the northern heavyweights are successful will largely depend on who leaves the club before the transfer window closes. So far, they have lost top scorer Lisandro Lopez and versatile left-back Aly Cissokho to Lyon, while influential midfielder Lucho Gonzalez has joined Marseille. To soften the blow, Argentinian playmaker Fernando Belluschi from Olympiakos and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao (River Plate) have been brought in. The pressure will be on coach Jesualdo Ferreira to make those new pieces fit in his puzzle and keep the championship streak going.” (World Soccer)

Parma make welcome return to Italy’s top table

August 13, 2009

“It is hard to imagine that Parma were once the cream of Serie A – hamming it up as part of the ‘seven sisters’ of top-flight Italian football and serving-up a veritable feast of exciting action across Europe. Fabio Cannavaro, Lillian Thuram, Gigi Buffon, Hernan Crespo and Juan Sebastian Veron were just some of the star names to wear the shirt in the mid-90s and early noughties.” (FourFourTwo)

10 Ways to Meet Football Players

August 13, 2009

“As a young star-struck kid, like most of my peers, my unswerving ambition was to meet some of my heroes (all footballers needless to say), get an autograph… a photograph even, and become the envy of my football crazy mates. It never actually happened though! My being in Dublin and my heroes hanging-out in Manchester didn’t help and, in truth, I never actually had a cohesive strategy…just a distant dream.” (SoccerLens)

Pro Vercelli: Stalking Catastrophe with Hardcover Nonfiction, Part I

August 13, 2009

“Note: After last week’s unplanned hiatus, it’s time to get this story moving. That’s right: we’re covering the entire 2020-2021 season in one day, in an epic, two-part update. The following is an excerpt from the bestselling Pro: How a Small-Town Team Defied the Odds and Conquered the World of Soccer, by an unnamed reporter from, which was recently published by the Jeeves imprint of Snirp WorldSports.” (Run of Play), Pro Vercelli: Stalking Catastrophe with Hardcover Nonfiction, Part II – (Run of Play)