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Maradona confronts, hurls expletives at fans after losing final

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MEXICO CITY (AP) Diego Armando Maradona’s Dorados team has lost a 4-2 match to Atletico San Luis, quashing the Argentine legend’s hopes of a championship in Mexico’s second division and prompting a confrontation with fans of the victorious team

The Dorados of Sinaloa had won the first leg of the second-division final series 1-0, but saw an initial 2-0 lead slip away on an own-goal by Diego Barbosa on Sunday.

Maradona watched the game from the stands because he’d been expelled from the first-leg game for arguing. Local news media on Monday published videos of an infuriated Maradona hurling unprintable Mexican and Argentine insults and at one point trying to punch someone, apparently while leaving the stadium in the north-central city of San Luis Potosi.

Photographs show him speaking into a walkie-talkie radio while watching the game.

The former Argentine star took over as coach in September, when the Culiacan-based team was struggling with just three points after six rounds and at the bottom of the standings.

VIDEO: Maradona’s hilarious post-game interview

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Diego Maradona is doing a fine job in charge of Mexican second-tier side Dorados de Sinaloa.

When it comes to post-game interviews, he could probably do a little better than this…

Following their 1-0 defeat to Juarez in the first leg of the Apertura semifinals on Saturday, Maradona was asked what he thought about the level of play in the Mexican league.

His answer? Well, it will no doubt become legendary and played over and over again.

This is another addition to the highlight reel from Maradona’s wild actions off the pitch after his incredible career on it.

Oh, Diego.


El Tri’s Fabian admits interest in MLS move

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As salaries rise in Major League Soccer, it’s no surprise that more CONCACAF players grow more interested in playing closer to home.

The latest player linked with an MLS move, via his own words, is Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Marco Fabian.

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Fabian, 29, has only played twice this season due to injuries and, of course, selection, but has eight goals and seven assists in 50 appearances for the Bundesliga side since leaving Mexico for Germany in 2016.

The 42-times capped Mexican international can play left and right mid but is more regularly used as a playmaking center mid. He played 25 minutes at the World Cup and has since captained El Tri in one of his two post-tournament friendly appearances.

It should be noted that Fabian is also interested in another European stop and isn’t simply angling for a return to the North America. But he has spent the majority of his career in the hemisphere and players of his ilk have taken decent European careers and turned them into MLS star shows on a regular basis in recent seasons (Victor Vazquez and Carlos Vela fit this bill, though Vela had some downright phenomenal seasons in La Liga several years before heading to MLS).

US U-20’s win CONCACAF Championship

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The U-20 U.S. men’s national team had already clinched a spot in the U-20 World Cup in Poland next summer, but Tab Ramos’ youngsters sealed their second-straight CONCACAF Championship title on Wednesday.

Get ready to see a few of these players in USMNT squads in the months and years to come.

The young Yanks beat Mexico 2-0 in Bradenton, Florida with Alex Mendez scoring twice with a lovely finish in the first half and then the SC Freiburg product finished off a rapid counter in the second half to seal the win.

Mendez won the Golden Ball at the tournament for the best player and he also had the most goals with eight, while U.S. stopper Brady Scott was awarded the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper. Before the last two tournaments the U.S. had never won the U-20 CONCACAF Championship.

Ramos’ work with these youngsters should not be overlooked, as they’ve now been crowned champs of CONCACAF for the second time on the trot under his tutelage and he’s also led them to four-straight World Cups.

Below you can watch the two goals from Mendez which sealed the title for the youngsters.


Reports say Martino is still Mexico’s man; Did Garber confirm it?

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It’s been no secret that Gerardo “Tata” Martino was probably going to leave Atlanta United after his second season in charge of the bunch.

So reports that he’s taking the Mexico men’s national team job are nothing new, but leave it to — Ives Galarcep’s words not mine — MLS commissioner Don Garber to basically confirm his hire.

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Assuming it all comes true, this is going to be the subplot of the USMNT-Mexico rivalry for some time. There’s little doubt Mexican is knee-deep in its golden generation compared to the USMNT, which is just reaching the potential of it with Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie, and Tyler Adams.

After these quotes, it’s very difficult to believe Mexico’s next coach will anyone but the successful Argentina, Barcelona, and Paraguay boss.