Mexico

The legendary origins of Columbus’ demonic tifo for USA-Mexico

The first and best tifo to be based on a DT post (Sam Fahmi/MassiveReport.com) For US fans, the best part of Friday night’s 2–1 loss to Mexico was the fearsome tifo featuring Christian Pulisic hoisted in the America Outlaws’ end of Mapfre Stadium before kickoff. What made it especially incredible for Dirty Tackle readers, and myself …

When soccer doesn’t explain the world

The pitfalls of drilling for meaning in a soccer match (Marwan Shousher) Soccer is both good and galling because of its metaphorical potential. Any match can easily come to represent its surrounding events. It can just as easily be a metaphor for war—attacking the enemy lines—or peace: Rivals sharing a field! In that way, writing about …

Bleachers Full of Women: Why words matter, part 2

Read part one of “Why words matter” on the Timbers Army here. Some bad soccer games feel like they’ll never end. And so do some bad aspects of soccer games. The latter culprit recently — once again — has been a certain Mexican chant. The Copa America Centenario has seen, and very much heard, the old chant, which makes …

Chile beat Mexico 7–0, Brazil and Mexico become sadness buddies

https://www.youtube.com/embed/BuvkTNzqj7w It was all going so well for Mexico. Manager Juan Carlos Osorio hadn’t lost in his first 22 matches in charge of the team, leading them to the quarterfinals of Copa America Centenario to face a Chile team they beat 1–0 in a friendly just before the tournament began. And then they lost to …

Tecatito Corona scores Messi-like equalizer against Venezuela

https://www.youtube.com/embed/k0eCML8A7BQ Down 1–0 to Venezuela, running out of time, and facing the prospect of playing Argentina in the quarterfinals, Mexico needed a goal to equalize and win group C of Copa America Centenario. So 23-year-old Tecatito Corona cut through the entirety of Venezuela’s defense to score the needed equalizer in the 80th minute. It was …

Copa America Centenario isn’t off to the greatest start

https://twitter.com/DrakesWriter1/status/739611918634225664 The special 100th anniversary edition of Copa America hosted by the U.S. was supposed to be a showcase to further strengthen a potential 2026 World Cup bid. But so far it has only been an exhibition of greed and poor planning. Playing Chile’s national anthem for a confused and angry Uruguay ahead of their …