Javier Aguirre’s Green Revolution
The CONCACAF Hexagonal table currently lists the United States and Honduras ahead of Mexico. But in the last two months under Javier Aguirre, El Tri has gone from being a disjointed, dis-organized side to being once again a potential world superpower.
Two victories consecutively over the United States for the first time since the mid 1990s has now been bettered by a 3-0 smashing of Costa Rica at Saprissa. El Tri smashed the Ticos in what has been often called a fortress, both putting Costa Rica’s qualification hopes in serious doubt as well as raising the bar again of Mexican football.
Mexico’s road woes under Sven Goran Eriksson were comical. Loses to Honduras (twice), the USA, Jamaica and a fortunate draw versus Canada. This form carried over into Aguirre’s first match, a loss at El Salvador.
But beginning with the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where Aguirre deepened his player pool selecting several players who previously had been capped only a handful of time, El Tri has reasserted itself.
Last night, at Saprissa the Mexicans showed why those outside CONCACAF regard them so highly when compared with the United States and the other nations from the region. Mexico has beaten Brazil six times in the last ten years: a remarkable record, and with a young core led by Andres Guardado and Gio Dos Santos asserting itself on big stage, Mexico is back.
Under Aguirre, Mexico is proving that they can get results away from home and don’t need to experiment with naturalized players not good enough to play for their native country to do so. Call it Aguirre’s green revolution.
OTHER CONCACAF THOUGHTS:
- The table may say that Costa Rica still has a shot at qualification, but the table can lie. We now the CONCACAF top three will be Mexico, the USA and Honduras based on quality of the squad and the level of current play.
- The US showed an incredible amount of grit and passion in seeing off El Salvador last night in Sandy, Utah. A great effort from the Americans, who had multiple suspensions/injuries and don’t have the level of talent many of its fans believe they have.
- Honduras destroyed T&T despite having three key players missing due to suspension. The Hondurans are finally after many years reaching their potential.