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USMNT Fall in a 2-1 loss at Azteca: The American-Mexican Rivalry Reaches Boiling Point.

August 12, 2009


Things looked good at first for the US when Charlie Davies hit net in the 9th minute.


The USMNT suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss in their World Cup Qualifying Clash with Mexico today.

The Americans came out strong and Charlie Davies put the US up a goal in the 9th minute, becoming only the 4th American to score at Estadio Azteca.

But Mexico’s Israel Castro equalized in the 20th minute with a quality strike from outside the 18 that slid past Tim Howard.  Mexico then began to control much of the match, with only having to answer defensively to a few American challenges.

We’ve been predicting that the match would be intense and physical but I don’t think anyone foresaw the attempted choking of Benny Feilhaber at Mexican hands. This attack and a few others did not even result in the sending off of any offending players, making my twitter feed blow up with complaints that the referee was biased.

After Mexico’s second goal came in an 82nd minute finish from Miguel Sabah, the US looked scattered and could not regain the composure needed to respond by final whistle.

The US has never won in Mexico City and many reports claim the altitude of the location proves a tough adjustment even for fit players.   With today’s loss, the US record at Azteca stands at 0-19-1.

So the American-Mexican rivalry rages on and I’m sure every tie the two nations have will result in an equal amount of physicality and emotion.  These countries have had a longstanding history of intense match ups.  They are neighbors, CONCACAF competitors, and I’ll go ahead and mention the huge racial tension elephant in the room as well. Nobody else seems to bring that up but it’s there.

Certainly not a positive thing but it makes for dramatic football.

Of course I’m disappointed with today’s loss.  I’m also about ready to cut a bitch for putting their hands on Benny’s neck.  But Mexico City is far far away and apparently it’s a Kilimanjaro caliber climb to the city.

Next time, boys.

And to Mexico, I extend the olive branch. Felicitaciones.

** Correction: Sorry. As pointed out by a reader, the US record at Azteca is 0-9-1 and 0-23-1 overall on Mexican soil.  Good catch.  Much obliged.

Katie Hearts DC

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  1. August 12, 2009 11:28 pm

    it’s not so much about Benny getting choked as the Mexican player that attempted to pull up the on-the-ground Davies by the neck. Three Mexican players surrounding the injured USA player, player receives would could be considered “violent conduct” while on the ground, and no referee intervention. Bad show on part of the team in red.

    • August 13, 2009 3:24 pm

      Please dont be such a sissie,this is a mans game,happens in all
      stadiums in the world

    • August 13, 2009 4:12 pm

      Yes, the American player was just wasting time, that is what pissed off the Mexican player who was trying to pull him up.

      I do not justify the Mexican players reaction, but I understand his frustration when notice Benny was just acting.

  2. August 12, 2009 11:31 pm

    Referee was shocking but I’m biased. Thanks for reading!

  3. Ganon permalink
    August 12, 2009 11:47 pm

    The Mexican team is full of grabby little b#$#$s. Trying to grab players with the ball, pull them up by their neck, grab their neck — and then always turn and run away.

    They played a better game than the US today, and deserved to win (esp. when the US couldn’t keep possession and kept blasting longballs up the field) — but still doesn’t change the fact that most of them are whining, diving cheap-shot turds.

    Yeah, and I thought the ref’s amazing restraint towards Mexico’s conduct esp. after giving the entire US team, its coaching staff, and all its fans, yellow cards, was a bit odd.

    • George permalink
      August 22, 2009 7:10 pm

      Mexico gets the last laugh on Team Imperialist USA!
      Take that bitches!! Mexico RULES!!

  4. August 13, 2009 12:57 am

    Can we just fire Bradley…NOW??? Why he thinks Ching or Stuart Holden are world class is beyond me?? And Dempsey is NOT a midfielder…start him up front instead of Ching and THEN bring on Altidore…then throw someone like Feilhaber in midfield. Tactically our coach sucks at this level..we should NOT be yielding goals like we have been at this level…1st against Brazil and now Mexico!!! Enough already..props to the Mexican national team..they deserved to win…we just need to get rid of our captain as he just cost us a lower seed IF we qualify for the WC!!!!

    • August 13, 2009 4:18 pm

      I’m from Mexico, so I believe I have an objective (vs. biased) opinion about Bradley’s job.

      I think he is doing a great job with the US. He is respecting an style, an style that US has developed in the last 15 to 20 years.

      And as Katie says below, I cannot think of a better person to lead the US team at this point.

      • August 13, 2009 4:22 pm

        Oh. I meant I wanted Jurgen to step up. I think he’d be great. :-)

  5. August 13, 2009 2:02 am

    Who to manage then? Jurgen Klinsmann? He’s on the dole, he loves LA, he and Landycakes are BFF.

    Ganon’s shout about Mexico being grabby little bitches made me laugh. Actually a spot on description.

    Thanks for reading and for letting us know what you think!

  6. sac110368 permalink
    August 13, 2009 4:23 am

    Mexico! Mexico! Mexico!

  7. itzcoatl permalink
    August 13, 2009 4:52 am

    Hi Katie! I think the US is a great team and Bob Bradley is a great coach, but at the end of the day Mexico is better and stronger, at least in Mexico City. (Like the US in Columbus)

    Mexico deservedly won and the US team disappointed me, overall because they never seemed dangerous.

    Hopefully Mexico and the US play again, hopefully in the world cup, it will be perfect, just to look who’s better.

  8. troyan82 permalink
    August 13, 2009 4:54 am

    Sorry but, Viva Mexico!, it´s a game, just that

    • August 13, 2009 3:15 pm

      Yes its just a game,but I agree with you…Viva Mexico******

  9. August 13, 2009 6:29 am

    I’m waiting for the day an American born Mexican and speaks better English than Spanish chooses to play for Mexico, and do a Giuseppe Rossi. Or has this happened already?

  10. abh3s permalink
    August 13, 2009 6:31 am

    Great :-)

  11. August 13, 2009 7:32 am

    Vive Mexico…… lol

  12. August 13, 2009 9:16 am

    Mexico is better than USA in terms of tactics

    • August 13, 2009 12:55 pm

      completely agree with you mate. Bob Bradley is a donkey when it comes to tactics. He’ll get it right once in a while, like against Spain but other than that…

    • August 13, 2009 3:16 pm

      Agree with you…Viva Mexico….Viva el Tri

    • August 13, 2009 3:22 pm

      YES IT IS A BETTER TEAM,WITH THE GREATEST FANS IN THE WORLD

  13. hossein permalink
    August 13, 2009 1:10 pm

    Great match report. I always follow the Mexico / US serious international matches. Such drama and as they say in Spain, mucho morbo…

    The only problem with this post: “…slid past Howard”????
    More like ZOOMED past him
    LOL

  14. bobbygee permalink
    August 13, 2009 2:30 pm

    I wish futebol players would learn to fight instead of bitch slap each other. Protect your players. The USA played not to lose. Train in Albuquerque New Mexcio or Denver to get ready for the altitude in Mexcio City. Not Miami. Mexico won because of ball control and pressure. http://bobbygee.wordpress.com/

    • August 13, 2009 3:20 pm

      I wish all the american soccer fans would stop saying that the
      altitude is a problem,2 World Cups have been played their and the
      other teams never complain about this,if your into this beautiful
      sport stop complaining about altitude,third world country,pollution etc
      this is a mans game please do not be such sissies.
      VIVA MEXICO

  15. leoguy permalink
    August 13, 2009 2:58 pm

    Mexico played a better game…agree with Bobbygee…US played not to lose.

  16. August 13, 2009 3:30 pm

    Lots of comments; thanks everyone for your feedback.
    Make sure you join the WDKF facebook page and continue weighing in with your opinions.
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  17. jesuspz permalink
    August 13, 2009 4:08 pm

    I don’t if it’s because I’m Mexican, but I don’t think that referee was biased at least it didn’t affect in the final score. Obviously I’m happy with Mexico’s victory but I still think that the US team is better in so many aspects. Mexican players have a very bad attitude, they think that just because they stand on the field they would win the match and that’s wrong.
    Great blog, good luck.

    • aupamexi permalink
      August 13, 2009 9:02 pm

      yup all the goals came from pure skill and team work. No penals or set pieces….

  18. August 13, 2009 6:07 pm

    1. Mexico plays dirty.
    2. The referee was biased of course.
    3. The altitude and climate is different and more difficult to play in.

    Tell Mexico to play in USA. Let’s see how many games they win!

    • August 13, 2009 8:41 pm

      1. Mexico plays dirty.
      USA do the same, waste time pretending an injury is dirty game.
      2. The referee was biased of course.
      Totally agree, but in CONCACAF alwayas happen, the referees play with the local team, it doesn’t matter if is Mexico, USA, or Costa Rica.
      3. The altitude and climate is different and more difficult to play in.
      Every team in this eliminatories try to take the most of advantage, Why USA play in Columbus and not in LA???

      Tell Mexico to play in USA. Let’s see how many games they win
      The last game Mexico /USA was in USA soil and the score was 5-0 to Mexico. We have a lot of victories in many countries including USA, win Mexico in Mexico is almost impossible, even the Pelé’s Brazil couldn’t.

      4. It’s just a game, some times win, some times loos. Be happy.
      Regards

    • Edgar permalink
      August 13, 2009 11:49 pm

      We play in the US. Damn, is our second home!! Haven’t you seen how your stadiums rumble at the Mexicans cheering any time our team goes there?

      Really bro, don’t worry. We’ll continue to see you there!! =)

  19. August 13, 2009 6:11 pm

    Why have I seen 0-22-1 all over? I was seeing that record before the game, so that’d make the U.S. 0-23-1. Where’d you get your 0-19-1 from? Is 0-23-1 the record overall and the 0-19-1 for Azteca only? Just curious. I work in sports and we’ve been published 0-22-1 before this most recent game.

    • August 13, 2009 6:31 pm

      0-9-1 at Azteca. Typo. Good catch.

      • aupamexi permalink
        August 13, 2009 9:00 pm

        74 year winless streak in Mexico… and the USA brags about a ended 10 year streak vs the rest of the north american and central american teams..

        how come the US media forgets to say it like that?

      • August 13, 2009 11:09 pm

        Thanks for clearing it up. Glad our paper wasn’t wrong.

  20. Bobby O permalink
    August 13, 2009 6:29 pm

    Had to miss seeing the game at our local pub (missed meeting Hope Solo, Laurie Chalupny and other Athletica’s to boot). Will get the skinny on the whole experience when Mike Sorber gets home as he is a member of our pub group also.
    All the Twitter feeds had me on edge throughout the day, but I guessed correctly that a loss had occurred when there were no HurraHs at games end.
    I actually thought they might pull it off, with the first team in attendance.
    Bradley is the man for the job at present, but his strategy does lack sometimes. But the PLAYERS have to start stepping up to the plate some day also to make up for it, no manager is always spot-on.
    Hope to see the match replay some day, but have not found it listed anywhere yet.

  21. August 13, 2009 6:32 pm

    The sad behavior of the Mexican fans during the match riles me up something fierce. Really? You had to abuse US fans and throw unmentionables at Landon Donovan? Yesterday at Wrigley (Field) one of the Phillie’s outfielders got a beer bath from a fan while going for a pop fly and field security was not the least bit kind to the person (who unfortunately was the wrong person) they believed did it, as they very forcibly removed them from the stadium.

    This doesn’t speak well for Mexican fans and I’m worried what will happen the next time the US is hosting a match (on or especially OFF the field.) Lord help us.

  22. chucho permalink
    August 13, 2009 7:17 pm

    Brian, your right about the attitude of SOME fans, pseudo-fans that attack foreigners, that’s bad U_U

    But not everybody is like that =)

    PS: Maybe they hate Landon because he pissed the field of Guadalajara ¬¬

    • August 13, 2009 9:23 pm

      As a Mexican, I was really embarrassed and pissed off about the people in the stadium throwing stuff to Donovan. I really find that beyond the limits.

      BUT, we should be careful of using words as “attack” and “violence”, I truly believe, that no one in the stadium would have actually harm Donovan nor any of the US players or fans. I mean, it is not like they were throwing glass bottles or something.

      Bottom line, very embarrassing to have SOME fellow Mexicans like those, but it was definitively not an attack.

  23. Lulinho permalink
    August 13, 2009 8:41 pm

    Football-related violence is not uncommon in Mexico and the rest of Latin America, and officials are notoriously biased towards the home team (there have been cases of referees being attacked following matches). This is part of the home advantage I suppose.

    To be honest, the US-Mexico rivalry seems pretty overblown. No one really gives a toss about it except the Mexicans (probably because they’ve lost the only meaningful game to date, the WC 2002 knockout). I did not watch the match yesterday as there was far better viewing amongst european qualification and friendlies. From the sound of it, the result was a fair one, but it does not surprise me at all that it was a dirty game, as that has been the track record.

    • aupamexi permalink
      August 13, 2009 8:58 pm

      usa fouled more and it was a one sided game,,,and its the USA that over blows this rivalry… the 2 countries have histories of war, stolen lands, oppression, drug trafficking. so for the USA to beat Mexico its better then winning the Copa.

      USA fans post racist shit bout Mexico and Mexicans on the Internet all the time, but i guess Mexicans are the bad ones for supporting our team.

      • August 13, 2009 9:04 pm

        USA may have been called for more fouls; not sure about the ratio of infractions actually committed.
        And racism goes both ways. There are just as many ignorant people on either side.

    • Muro permalink
      August 17, 2009 2:13 pm

      “To be honest, the US-Mexico rivalry seems pretty overblown. No one really gives a toss about it except the Mexicans (probably because they’ve lost the only meaningful game to date, the WC 2002 knockout).”

      The only meaningful game? So an actual trophy (like Mexico’s 5-0 Gold Cup) is less important than a game that ultimately counted for nothing, as both teams returned home emptyhanded? Isn’t that a little disingenous and a huge cop out?

      I do agree it’s overblown though. Until the US wins some real silverware like a Confederations Cup and a World Cup (U-17) like Mexico has, the rest is meaningless. The only thing the U.S. has ever won, is the same thing they say doesn’t mean much when they lose it 5-0 (Gold Cup), and of course Mexico has won 8 of those.

  24. aupamexi permalink
    August 13, 2009 8:51 pm

    its a mans game, benny overacted like a lil ayso girl… Benny came in like a bull and walked out like a sheep!! Nery Castillo is a joke and is a bad representative for mexico football…..

    But why did the USA foul more, since according to US Fans oh we play fair…. How about Howards cheating vs KAKA’s goal? the ball crossed the line, and US deserved to loss 4 that.

    please its funny how the American Excuse Machine is at work.. USA lost because they cant play offensive football, they defend and counterattack, i due credit Davies for a nice goal, very cool counter attack, but all the racist bullshit, coming from the US fans is sick!!!

    NOW the confederation cup milking can stop… USA so good to beat the #1 Espana, blah blah… oh we are going down to azteca to beat them!. Costa Rica has beaten Mexico at the Azteca why can the USA. and CR got spanked by Honduras 4-0 last nite.

    US brags about a ended 10 year run by a 5-0 spanking by Mexico B, try Mexico’s 74 year run over the USA at home. Thats something to Brag about!!

    Mexico outplayed them, no excuses. US tried to defend a 1 goal lead. Many Mexican players too, took a toll from the conditions of the game, not just american players.

    I guess being born Mexican makes them immune to smog and altitude? did you see the Mexican players strapping on oxygen tanks to their backs so they can play better.

    Dont believe the racist sore loser propaganda written by Martin rogers on yahoo sports, he is trying to create tension and promote hate among everyone, He is a coward and would never have the balls to go to a game in Mexico City!

    Sheer bullshit….. I’m upset that over a game the US media try’s to portray Mexicans as dogs & sub-human

    In Columbus, Ohio, USA fans throw cups and beer at Pavel Prado during a Corner Kick but oh no we don’t do that? Ohio and its neo nazi crew fans.

    the usa fans at the Azteca, were throwin shit too, when Davies scored, so whats the difference? American outlaws… please? Cowards surrounded by 80 cops.

    Every team has hooligans, in Brasil and Argentina people get murdered at games, but oh no some Mexican hooligans throw cups of brew.. Mexicans are the worst…

    USA and its Fans need to learn how to lose with class, the Whole World saw both victories over the USA, both the USA A and the USA B got outplayed. 7 Mexican goals to USA 1 goal in the 2 games.

    USA needs to learn how to play offensive, falling back and defending, and hoping to counter will not always work vs a team that can play football.

    This is just sport, and not war ….God forbid the USA is second to anyone, especially Mexico! Quit the Racism….. and stop going to our restaurants and taco shops if you hate us so much

    now the group is so close, it will be exciting to so who comes out.

    You should have US jersey on in ur pic

    AND Yes MEXICANS ARE REAL FANS WIN OR LOSE>>>WE LOVED OUR TEAM!!!

    • August 13, 2009 9:00 pm

      Passionate! I’m American, grew up in Germany with mostly English kids, and my family is Irish and Welsh, so Aupamexi, my shirt in the photo is just one of many I wear.
      Anyway, I agree with you on the issue of racism…thanks for bringing it up. And it goes both ways, as racism usually does. It’s there; it’s visible and for some reason nobody ever talks about it.

      Oh and you’ll also find Americans who have no racist inclination towards Mexicans devouring the delicious diablo shrimp burritos at Baja Fresh (that place is the truth). Just saying.

      • aupamexi permalink
        August 13, 2009 11:28 pm

        youre right also, only what…. 50 years ago we were segregated, in the southwest mexican & blacks had it the same, but they would deport us even if we were legal,,,, so we do still have issues on race.. but to be honestly its US fans who do the most on the internet. go on yahoo world soccer, bigsoccer.com, fox sports…. see for yourself.

        i’m a Mexican-Basque, thats were the Aupa comes from… Euskara “the oldest language to mankind”…. as a Basque bloodied person i put up with crap from Spaniards too, who call us terrorists and cavemen, because some basques want to have our nation back….

        You are non-racist because you grew up was a outsider, and you knew what it is to be the minority….and you were exposed to other cultures… usually its the American way or no way in this country…

        Everyone loves mexican food, the local skinheads here in my city even go and buy mex food, all tattooed up with nazi swastikas. but they are all talk or else they wont be there.

        I’m engaged to a German-American girl, her family is from Germany…

      • August 14, 2009 12:31 am

        Ah now i see where the anglophile in you comes from ;-)

    • August 13, 2009 9:27 pm

      AMEN!!! GREAT POST AUPAMEXI!!!

  25. August 13, 2009 11:04 pm

    Great report, nice to see someone has the balls to bring up the racist tension in these games publicly.

    Mexico did have a better strategy yesterday, and while they weren’t as effective as I would’ve liked when attacking, they did play just as they needed to play. I didn’t decide anything yet, but it was crucial to win this game, for a variety of reasons.

    On Mexico playing dirty, I am ashamed to see that not only us, but pretty much everyone at CONCACAF plays dirty. We end up seeing a whole variety of cheap tricks to either make time, fool the referee (who is almost always biased in favor of the locals), unadvertedly harming your opponent, etcetera.

    Yes, mexican players were desperate and yes, US players were faking fouls. I know it shouldn’t be the way, but even in these modern soccer times, it’s a logical reaction. We were desperate because we didn’t capitalize our sheer dominance in the field (let’s not forget, we were 10 minutes away from ending only in a tie), US was trying to keep the score tied.

    As a mexican fan, I can say that although I’m happy for the win, the whole game was over-blown for several experiences we’re having in the country. Had we lost, it didn’t mean we were out of the World Cup. We won, and it doesn’t mean we’re in either. But it was a relief to have people smiling again.

    What worries me is the coverage US media is giving to the result. I would expect it from our mexican media, which is biased and average at best. But portraying our team, as someone said above, like “dogs” or “sub-human”, is just not up to the American sports media standards. The rivalry has, for a while now, shifted from just a sportsman-like rivalry to something entirely different.

    Onyewu has earned my full respect. Good deffensive play by the US, I did expect more from the attack. The “We Can Fly” project has definitely had results thus far. We’ll see you guys in the World Cup, and let’s see if there’s a chance for our rematch!

    Great blog, by the way.

    • aupamexi permalink
      August 13, 2009 11:35 pm

      martin rogers yahoo sports world soccer…. read the article he wrote , i couldnt finish it cus i was pissed off that yahoo, lets him write that shit! He is just tryin to start racial tension

      read it, its here…..

      MEXICO CITY – The man with the tri-colored mohawk took a swig of beer, stuck his fingers down his throat and vomited the mixture back into his cup. In the next seat another man, who was wearing a T-shirt with a cartoon drawing of the decapitated heads of Barack Obama and Landon Donovan, poured out what remained of the Corona beer he had been chugging and urinated into his cardboard drinks container.

      Then, according to a neutral bystander who witnessed these disgusting acts, the pair stood on their seats, high-fived and hurled their vile concoctions in the direction of Donovan, the United States men’s national team star who was preparing to take a corner kick 15 yards away.

      Welcome to the Estadio Azteca, where allegedly projecting bodily fluids at another human being is acceptable in the name of soccer fanaticism. Yet as unsavory as the above scene was, it was not the only or even the worst travesty that took place on Wednesday afternoon.

      The Americans were the fall guys in this World Cup qualifier as Mexico once again made the most of what is perhaps the most unfair home advantage in international soccer by securing a 2-1 victory thanks to Miguel Sabah’s 81st-minute goal.

      Landon Donovan Riot police try to protect USA’s Landon Donovan from flying cups.
      (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

      Hostile crowds are to be expected in soccer. Acts of hooliganism provide the ugly face of a sport that calls itself the beautiful game. Mexican fans do go further than most national team supporters with boorish behavior that also included drowning out the American national anthem with boos. But even Donovan, who bore the brunt of the hatred of El Tri supporters just as he always does, refused to complain about the conduct of fans like the regurgitating and urinating ignoramuses in the stands.

      Instead, it was the actions of referee Roberto Moreno that made sure the lasting memory of this game was not of an intriguing battle between two well-matched teams, but of a contest in which one side was effectively forced to play with its ankles tied together.

      Moreno, an official from Panama, delivered the worst refereeing display I’ve seen in the last decade. Some of his decisions bordered on the farcical, with the Americans drawing four yellow cards to Mexico’s one.

      “This is an intimidating place for teams to come,” U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “It makes it a lot harder when the most intimidated person in the stadium is the referee.

      “Both teams went in hard [for the ball], but we always came out with the foul.”

      There have been countless instances where bigger soccer nations have mysteriously benefited from bad decisions when they were struggling to qualify for World Cups. Conspiracy theories are likely to abound again after this result.

      USA head coach Bob Bradley and his players knew it was futile to cry foul, but they were forced to sit through a painful flight home knowing they put in a fighting performance that probably deserved a draw. The fact Mexico is allowed to do whatever it likes on its own turf doesn’t help.

      Already with the advantage of playing at altitude, the Mexicans can schedule games in the afternoon heat of a summer day and their fans can behave like animals without fear of sanction. Throw in a terrible referee and it becomes almost impossible to beat Mexico on home soil.

      Yet when Charlie Davies clipped home a lovely shot after being set up by Donovan for an early 1-0 USA lead, an upset seemed to be in the cards. No American team had ever led Mexico at the Azteca, just like no U.S. squad had ever won there.

      However, Mexico’s Israel Castro tied the game with a superb long-range strike midway through the first half, and from that moment on, the U.S. was in a fight for survival. The Mexicans dominated possession throughout, moving the ball around and taking the sap out of the legs of the American players. But the breakthrough would not come until the dying minutes – just as the USA started to believe it could hold on for the tie – with Sabah striking the decisive blow with a blast inside the penalty area that gave Howard no chance.

      Despite the outcome, no one should be fooled into thinking Mexico now holds the upper hand in this rivalry. El Tri’s victory in the Gold Cup against a weakened American side was irrelevant. Last February, the Americans dominated the teams’ first CONCACAF Hexagonal qualifier in a 2-0 win in Columbus without any conditional advantage apart from chilly weather.

      Toward the end on Wednesday, U.S. players’ lungs were bursting and their throats filled with acid, while the altitude-accustomed Mexicans were running around with fresh legs. Undoubtedly, Mexican supporters will now claim regional superiority. However, the only unbalanced thing about this rivalry is the actions of the fans, the unique advantage of Mexico’s home conditions and, on this day, a dreadful referee.

      • August 13, 2009 11:47 pm

        Ho-ly F***. I know this makes blood boil but it’s almost comical in a way. Stay with me.
        First of all, throwing a cuppa vommy at someone is pretty nasty. And possibly racist, and certainly worthy of being dismissed from the stadium.

        But this writer’s recap of the pristine American lungs being filled with acidic Mexican air makes me laugh. Landycakes’ lungs take in the sweet sweet LA smog on a daily basis. Sure, altitude affects people. that’s what I get drunksy off a half a glass of wine rather than my usual 2 on an airplane. But it’s not like once you cross the border the “horrible mexican oxygen” will attack American lungs. hahhaha. Ah scheisse.

        Have national pride. Support your team. Let this stuff roll off of you.
        Give racism a red card like my beloved Ryan Giggs.

        Great support and feedback everyone. We set readership records with this post.
        It’s wonderful to hear everyone’s thoughts and it’s nice when people can discuss without getting nasty.

        Please check back in with WDKF as we cover the world of football year-round.

      • August 14, 2009 3:48 am

        i believe we also set a comment record too at 50 comments.

        plus one.

      • August 14, 2009 10:01 pm

        about “while the altitude-accustomed Mexicans were running around with fresh legs. ”

        5 out of 10! of the mexican starting line-up play either in Europe or in the US (Blanco, who BTW is 35 years old)

  26. Rogito permalink
    August 17, 2009 2:05 pm

    That vomit crap is all made up. Typical Rogers racist propaganda. Did you see how he named the source? “According to a neutral bystander.” LOL! Some serious journalism there!

    In other news… according to a neutral bystander, a US fan chopped his own head off and tossed it at poor Giovani Dos Santos.

    Sigh…

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