Things could be coming to a close for manager Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Toure as Mexico continue to falter at home in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
The Hondurans overcame a goal deficit to beat Mexico at Azteca 2-1 thanks to second-half goals by Jerry Bengston and Carlos Costly.
The defeat is the first for Mexico at Azteca in their last 27 home World Cup qualifying matches, and just their second in their last 78.
It leaves Mexico with just eight points and only three matches remaining. They remain in fourth place, the position that would earn them a playoff with New Zealand to make it to Brazil should they end up there at the end. El Tri’s eight points leave them just one ahead of Panama – who drew with Jamaica – and two behind Honduras for an automatic qualifying spot.
The dismay will be with Mexico, who have matches with the US, Panama, and Costa Rica remaining – two of which are on the road. However, credit must go with Honduras, who endured and could have had more had Bengston hit an open net from five yards later in the match.
If Chepo isn’t fired after this match, he has to be on a short leash. El Tri now have three draws and a loss in four World Cup qualifying matches at home this round of the Hex, unacceptable for a team that has a long history at their home fortress. If he doesn’t get the sack immediately, it would seem a foregone conclusion that, qualify or not, Chepo won’t be making it to the World Cup with the Mexican squad.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.