GUADALAJARA, Mexico — The Mexican press bemoaned a missed chance for El Tri to strike a psychological blow to herald in the Jurgen Klinsman Era during Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with the US in Philadelphia.
Mexican legend and former national-team manager Hugo Sánchez had his fair share of battles with the United States in the past, and pulled no punches in stating that he does not believe Klinsmann is the man to improve them.
“I doubt Jurgen Klinsmann will be the solution in terms of [building] a new generation of players in the United States (including three ‘Mexicans’),” he wrote in respected daily El Universal. “I hope the [Mexican] national team can take advantage of this generational decline of our ‘cousins.’”
“Tie with the taste of defeat,” read the headline to Daniel Blumrosen’s match report, also in El Universal, which nicely sums up the general tone of reaction in Mexico.
“Klinsmann took advantage and got a highly valuable tie in the motivational aspect,” wrote Blumrosen. “José Manuel [de la Torre] knows it. His Tricolor missed out on a unique opportunity to destroy emotionally a team that, now more than ever, will show steely resolve.”
Milenio — and most other publications — acknowledged how close the US came to sneaking a win as they drove forward in the last part of the game.
“The Stars and Stripes were constantly searching for the first win of a new era but could not manage it due to the lack of judgment in finishing chances,” read the match report in the national daily.
Wrote Blumrosen: “Tranquility [for Mexico] turned into desperation and confidence into insecurity.”
Of course, the fact the US could not snatch a winner when they were piling on the pressure at the end of the contest means they “have not beaten their hated rival Mexico for two years,” as Diana Pérez pointed out in mediotiempo.com.
In Guadalajara sports daily Récord, Mario Palafox nicely summed up the Mexican reaction which bemoans the fact El Tri couldn’t put the game to bed in the first half but is glad coach de la Torre’s unbeaten start to his reign as Mexico coach continues.
“Chepo’s unbeaten run was in danger in the last minutes (he’s now got nine victories and three ties) but [Mexico] could not extend the run of three victories that the Mexican team had over the Americans, which last happened in 1973. ... The tie represented happiness for Klinsmann, who jumped up after the United States’ goal.”
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