By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 27, 2018) US Soccer Players - Perhaps Mexico does not do well as a favorite. Or maybe Mexico players were simply too overconfident. Whatever the case, Mexico came narrowly close to an embarrassing World Cup exit on Wednesday as only a greater embarrassment kept El Tri’s pulse beating. Still, the damage is done. Mexico’s World Cup venture has gone a full 180 . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 20, 2018) US Soccer Players - Through the first slate of opening-round games of the 2018 World Cup, perhaps the most surprising result has been Mexico’s shocking 1-0 win over Germany. One of the favorites coming into the tournament, Germany lost to a tenacious and energetic Mexican side. The underdogs deserved the result. Winning the opening game of the World . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 13, 2018) US Soccer Players - On the eve of the World Cup, fans across the globe are eagerly waiting for the tournament to start. They want to see their respective nations do battle, progress, and live up to the hopes and dreams placed squarely on the team’s shoulders. For Mexico, it is a bit more than that. The nation’s fans are yet again demanding their team . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 30, 2018) US Soccer Players - When Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio pares down Mexico’s World Cup roster from 28 to the final 23, there are some names already cemented in stone. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. Hector Moreno. Hector Herrera. Giovani Dos Santos used to be one of those names. Dos Santos has a grand trajectory at both club and international levels . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer and Mexico’s World Cup rosters have had little to do with one another over the years. In the coming weeks that history could change three times over. Three MLS players are part of Mexico’s 28-man provisional World Cup 2018 roster. Health permitting, all of them stand to survive the cuts once manager Juan Carlos . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Mexico’s last important match was in September when El Tri wrapped up a World Cup berth with a 1-0 home win over Panama. The next meaningful match it will play will not be until June, somewhere in Russia at the 2018 World Cup. However, the most important event Mexico will participate in this year will happen soon. The World Cup draw . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy’s disastrous 2017 MLS campaign left much destruction in its wake. Coaches and executives lost their jobs or faced demotions. The club showed players the exit. New faces both on and off the field came and will undoubtedly arrive to help right the wrongs in 2018. One unexpected side effect is catching the attention of . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - The windy and tumultuous path known as World Cup qualifying yielded positive results for Mexico as El Tricolor will play in its seventh consecutive World Cup next summer in Russia. Now that the dust has settled on qualifying, El Tri will start the next phase of its journey as preparations for Russia begin in earnest. Just how that . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - With World Cup qualifying now complete for Mexico, the attention will soon focus on the future. The World Cup draw, tune-ups against European foes before and after FIFA draws teams into groups. The endless debate on what the 23-man roster for Russia should look like. Before the dust completely settles from the Hexagonal though, it . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - The CONCACAF Hexagonal will culminate over the next week. Come Tuesday evening, three national teams will be making plans for Russian accommodations. Another team will eye Asia for their own passage. Two will be left wondering what could have been. Intensity and passion will take over the region over that span. Anticipation and . . .