So much for Chad & I’s Operation #ElevenMenOut. Instead, “#YoureWelcomeMexico” was trending on Twitter within an hour or two following the United States’ exhilarating/disappointing 3-2 win over a desperate Panama side in a rain-soaked Estadio Rommel Fernandez. Two goals from the Yanks in a most Manchester United-esque fashion ruined Panamanian World Cup dreams and kept Mexico’s World Cup hopes alive despite the Mexican loss. Two goals in as many minutes in stoppage time? Move over Fergie time, it’s Klinsi time now!
You read that correctly in the opening paragraph too- I offered “disappointing” as a possible way to interpret the US win. I was one of the haters kind of wanting the US to lose to Panama to possibly eliminate Mexico from the World Cup altogether as the Mighty Era of Dominance Mexico lost to Costa Rica, 2-1. If not minding had the US lost, despite clinching first place in the CONCACAF hex in the prior match, would’ve eliminated El Tri then by all means, I’m a hater. With a capital H. Print me up a t-shirt that says “I’m a hater who wouldn’t have minded had the US lost as long as Mexico was eliminated,” & I’ll proudly wear that muthascratcher down Main Street. I’m flexible. I’m adaptable. Of course I liked that the US won. But I don’t have to not be disappointed a bit that the win allowed Mexico a gasping breath to remain alive for World Cup qualification by going into a playoff with the Oceanian champion, New Zealand.
Anyway, it made for interesting viewing that’s for sure. So, congrats, Mexico. Your era of dominance continues… on life support for the moment. A solid two wins and seven goals in ten matches in the hex. Of course, by solid, I mean solid like jello. Or pudding. Or flan. El triflanes!
Javier Hernandez, the Mexican Marouane Chamakh, said after Mexico’s loss,
If you want to see the playoff in the negative, that is one way to look at it but God has given us another chance and that is the way I see it,
Thanks for the high evaluation of the USMNT, Chamakharito, but I’d rather you call us “daddy” instead of “God.” Just deal with your new found mediocrity, dominance, whatever Mexico has these days, without risking vengeance for blaspheme, Little Pea. Or actually go ahead do that now that I think about… Go New Zealand!
Anyway, for all the Mexico backing into the playoff spot schadenfreude, mange!- Gracias a estrellas suerte! Mexico is a laughingstock that doesn’t deserve the playoff berth! Mexico must call Klinsmann when they play Who Wants To Be A Losernaire! Mexico has lessons to learn!