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Miguel Herrera claims Toronto police hit Club America players

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Well this is something.

Fiery former Mexican national team manager Miguel Herrera is in charge of Liga MX super team Club America these days, and not much has changed with his personality.

[ RECAP: Toronto FC 3-1 Club America ]

In the run-up to America’s CONCACAF Champions League semifinal first leg at BMO Field in Toronto, Herrera made waves when he dismissed MLS teams as not a concern for Mexican teams; Their peers are European clubs, he said.

Toronto FC got the next laugh, riding Sebastian Giovinco and Marky Delgado to a 3-1 win at BMO.

Perhaps Herrera should’ve considered MLS teams as his competition, then maybe he’d at least have thought of some decent excuses for Club America’s performance.

Instead, Herrera provided some alarming comments (and some hilarious claims) in his post-match press conference.

Herrera claimed that referees made his club change from black underwear before the game, said TFC scored on its only three chances of the game, and that a halftime scrum between the teams in the BMO tunnel had police officers hitting his players.

Yes, really.

TSN’s Gareth Wheeler says he has seen video of the incident in question, which began with Jonathan Osorio and ended with a Club American goalkeeper getting in the face of a police officer. He said Herrera was in the vicinity the whole time.

Toronto FC, at least in terms of Osorio, disagrees.

The manager could benefit from casting blame onto the police, as getting into an incident with a police officer in a foreign country is not a good idea whether you’re an athlete or other.

Know your meme: Piojo gonna Piojo. Thanks to Athletic writer Joshua Kloke for the rundown. It was wildly entertaining, Joshua.

Ex-Mexico boss Herrera takes Club Tijuana job

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Given his recent track record with Club America and the Mexican national team, Miguel Herrera was never going to be out of work long. He’s simply too good of a manager to be left wanting for work too terribly long, whether he has a tendency to (allegedly) punch people in airports or not.

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After being fired by the Mexican federation just over three months ago, Herrera has had all the vacationing and downtime he can handle, and is getting back in the game. Club Tijuana announced on Monday that Herrera is the club’s new manager for the upcoming 2016 Clausura portion of Liga MX.

Herrera was rumored to be a high-ranking target of the Chicago Fire, who have a managerial vacancy to fill this winter, as well as other unnamed teams from Major League Soccer. It’s back to Mexico for Herrera, though where he parlayed 2013 Clausura success into the Mexico job.

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An interesting name to keep an eye on who might join Herrera south of the U.S.-Mexico border: U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones, whose contract with the New England Revolution expires next month. Jones has publicly stated he will consider all options before choosing his next club.

Ex-Mexico manager Miguel Herrera in hot water yet again, this time for political tweets

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One day, when he’s 65 or 70 years old, Miguel Herrera will look back on the turbulent life he’s lived to that point, and when he recalls this week most recently completed, he’ll hardly feel as if it were one of his best.

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Not only was the fiery 47-year-old relieved of his duties Tuesday as manager of the Mexican national team following an alleged punch to the neck of a reporter in the Philadelphia airport, but it was announced Friday that Herrera is under investigation for a series of tweets that possibly violate election laws, which prohibit campaigning on election day and several days before.

Herrera’s tweets in question, from the AP:

On election day (June 7), Herrera tweeted “Don’t forget to vote, let’s go with the Greens” and “The Greens fulfill (promises)” – apparent references to Mexico’s small Green Party.

Electoral laws say campaigning should stop just before an election, to give voters time to think.

In recent comments to Fox Sports, Herrera said he hadn’t been paid to send the tweets, saying he did it “out of conviction.” But he acknowledged it was an “act of stupidity on my part” to have sent them.

According to the federal prosecutors’ office, they plan to question Herrera but have thus far been unable to locate him at his home.

Mexico post-Herrera: Few answers, many questions as El Tri moves forward

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Fifteen; By the time El Tri president Decio de Maria (right) names a successor to Miguel Herrera, there will have been at least 13 full-time and two caretaker managers of the Mexico men’s national team since 2000.

That number could be higher if Mexico names an interim boss. Given their track record, they might name two, as the Federation of Mexican Football has proven itself capable of just about anything.

There’s a good chance Herrera deserved to be out-of-work or at least suspended for a long while if the stories that he attacked TV Azteca journalist Christian Martinoli are true. But there also seems something potentially fishy about the firing, as the bombastic coach has been canned less than a year after he nearly led Mexico to a knockout round upset of the Netherlands (And what if Arjen Robben hadn’t hit the deck in stoppage time?)

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Herrera’s 2015 saw El Tri post seven wins, seven draws and three losses. Those wins include the 3-1 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, while the losses include the 2-1 decision against Ecuador that cost them the knockout stages of the Copa America in Chile (Mexico also drew Bolivia and Chile in finishing last in Group A).

He took over on Oct. 18, 2013, days after Mexico’s World Cup hopes were kept alive by the USMNT’s Graham “San” Zusi. Mexico’s “Hex” finished with just a pair of wins and a stretch run of three losses in four games. El Tri was a mess.

In came Herrera, who oversaw a dismantling of New Zealand in the intercontinental World Cup playoff. That got him the job through the 2014 World Cup, and he built the squad back into fine form before the tournament. There were wins over South Kore and Ecuador, plus a 3-2 win in the Netherlands.

And Mexico made it through Group A of the World Cup, drawing Brazil and beating both Cameroon and Croatia. Herrera’s bunch made life very hard on the Netherlands in the knockout rounds, leading 1-0 until the 88th minute falling 2-1.

All said and done, Herrera lost just 7 of his 36 matches in charge of El Tri, but the FMF was ready for him to go. Many fans joined the fray after this iffy Gold Cup win (which was still a win).

So what now? Who takes over the ship, one in which the majority of the hands reportedly liked playing for Herrera? From a Gold Cup victory, controversial or not, comes a decision that seems to pin its hopes on a batch of players who would hope to impress a new boss.

It’s similar to what happened before the New Zealand matches, only that change came from tremendous failings. This comes from an airport fight, one that the players will seemingly know all about as first-hand witnesses and second-hand peers. Mexico, like the United States, holds its national team to otherworldly and likely unrealistic standards. Is a new name really going to push the right buttons quickly to fix it, or will it just beget another new name?

This new boss will be making critical roster decisions for a group of players aching for the chance to be in the squad. Will the new boss be okay with his players participating in MLS, as Herrera was, or will he look down on Erick “Cubo” Torres and Giovani dos Santos? Will he be inclined to stick with the Gold Cup winners, or drastically shake things up? Can cohesion occur under this new boss than the USMNT under Jurgen Klinsmann after a disappointing Yanks’ Gold Cup run?

Mexico could go to the same domestic Liga MX well that drew out Herrera — Pedro Caixinha has produced several El Tri players from Santos Laguna, and the same can be said for Pachuca boss Diego Alonso — or they could go foreign. Another option will be international veteran, and could fired Portugal boss Paulo Bento fit the bill? Here’s a total wild card: David Moyes, who coaches Carlos Vela and Diego Reyes and Real Sociedad.

In any event, the who question is almost less important than the how long, as in, “How long until the powers-that-be get tired of the new guy?” Whether Herrera punched Martinoli in the neck or not, Mexico’s status quo is change. Consistency continues to elude the CONCACAF power, and this time it could cost them a major tournament.

Official: Miguel Herrera fired by Mexico days after Gold Cup win, alleged attack on journalist

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We may never have a complete story on what happened between now-former Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera and TV Azteca reporter Christian Martinoli at the Philadelphia airport this weekend, but it was enough to cost the celebrated coach his job.

Mexico Football Federation announced the firing at a Tuesday press conference, just days after the popular Herrera led Mexico to the Gold Cup title.

Herrera is alleged to have struck Martinoli, and some have used the term attack, but there hasn’t been much evidence produced to prove his guilt. Some said Herrera’s job status was on the line at the Gold Cup, and Mexico’s win wasn’t exactly covered in glory.

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In a translated statement that mentioned “the situation at the Philadelphia airport”, incoming FMF president Decio de Maria said it was a hard but correct decision, and that the federation would take its time searching for Herrera’s replacement.

From the Associated Press:

Decio de Maria, who on Saturday became president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, said the incident was not in keeping with “the spirit of fair and respectful competition” that the organization espouses.

“Our values, our principles, are above any result,” de Maria said at an afternoon news conference. “In our profession, our industry, the matches are never over, and as public figures who represent an institution we must be absolutely clear on that.”

El Tri was bailed out of their first two knockout round games by a pair of late penalty kick calls after producing just one group stage win, and that against undermanned Cuba. They beat Jamaica 3-1 in the final, setting up an Oct. 9 playoff with the USMNT for CONCACAF’s 2017 Confederations Cup berth.

Mexico has long struggled with stability at the coaching position, and this comes not only before the Confederations Cup playoff but also with 2018 World Cup qualification set to begin. El Tri have September friendlies with Argentina and Trinidad and Tobago as the lone preparation matches for the new boss.

The nation has now changed men’s national team managers 14 times since 2000, and only two of those changes were caretaker moves.