A darkish time frame has enveloped Mexican fútbol.
Inside a span of 13 months, we have seen: The Mexico males’s senior nationwide staff fail to win the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup, 4 consecutive video games with out a victory towards their U.S. rivals, the boys’s U20 squad unable to earn invites for the 2023 U20 World Cup and the 2024 Olympics, and the women’s senior national team failing to qualify for the 2023 Ladies’s World Cup and the 2024 Olympics.
Off the pitch, troubling information then emerged on Thursday when the Mexican Soccer Federation (FMF) introduced that it had briefly suspended the teaching employees for the ladies’s U20 staff, attributable to an inside investigation. ESPN Mexico reported on Wednesday that coach Maribel Dominguez was being reviewed for a “severe” matter.
Amid the mess, firings — and loads of questions — have surfaced.
Following a disappointing run with out a single objective or level for supervisor Monica Vergara and El Tri Femenil on this month’s CONCACAF W Championship, FMF president Yon de Luisa announced sweeping changes last Wednesday. Gerardo Torrado and Ignacio Hierro had been respectively fired as normal sporting director and sporting director of nationwide groups. As well as, Luis Perez was let go as the boys’s U20 coach.
“The outcomes obtained in current weeks by the boys’s U20 staff and the senior girls’s nationwide staff, which signified a heavy blow to Mexican soccer, and above all, for our followers, forces us to behave,” mentioned De Luisa, two days after Mexico’s elimination from CONCACAF W.
In a subsequent information convention on Thursday, De Luisa introduced the hiring of Jaime Ordiales in a brand new position because the sporting director for the boys’s nationwide groups. Via a restructuring of the FMF, a sporting director for the ladies’s nationwide groups, who will probably be tasked with evaluating whether or not Vergara ought to keep or be fired, can even be introduced within the coming days.
Concerning the Dominguez scenario, De Luisa remained tight-lipped throughout Thursday’s information convention.
“As we communicated just a few hours in the past, on [July 18] we acquired a request for an investigation. The second that doc reached us, we started with the protocols already established within the Mexican Soccer Federation for a case of this sort. The investigation is being carried out and whereas it’s in course of, we clearly can not make a remark,” De Luisa mentioned.
Ordiales, amongst different hires to observe, will probably be tasked with stopping the regression that has impacted a number of ranges of the FMF which might be lacking out on World Cups, Olympics and main regional trophies. Off the sphere, they need to additionally search to keep away from the in-house and alleged issues which might be at present being investigated on the girls’s U20 degree.
De Luisa praised the previous nationwide staff participant, who will now conclude his position because the sporting director at Cruz Azul, as somebody with the “capability to research gamers at a time when the checklist with which we’re going to go to a World Cup goes to be outlined, his capability to work in a staff, [and] his capability as a negotiator.”
That mentioned, it is a stretch to say that Ordiales is a novel rent within the Mexican soccer world. Together with Cruz Azul, he has labored within the entrance workplaces of Atlas, Membership America, Necaxa, Chivas and Queretaro. Having somebody ingrained within the home scene is important when the World Cup is only a few months away, however going ahead, he might not present a recent perspective main as much as 2026.
What about Martino’s future because the World Cup looms?
Ordiales’ relationship with senior coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino can even show to be insightful. Though Martino was secure from the firings this month, it hasn’t stopped the rumors of the Argentine wanting to leap ship after November’s World Cup in Qatar. In line with The Athletic, Martino will depart the nationwide staff as soon as his contract is over this December.
Adjustments are coming and already occurring for El Tri‘s setup, however time will inform if it would all be for the higher. Like the latest crest and green kits that were revealed for the national team, the alterations are merely nothing greater than only a change in uniform on the pitch and fits at FMF headquarters.
Being the standard males’s powerhouse within the area does not essentially present a push to innovate or assume exterior of the field, and whereas different nationwide groups are making vital progress in males’s, girls’s and youth tournaments, Mexico feels stagnant with worrisome outcomes which might be turning into much less of an anomaly and extra of a shocking norm.
This extends to Liga MX as effectively. On the membership degree on the boys’s facet, the highest division walked away with none silverware from the newest Campeones Cup, CONCACAF Champions League and MLS All-Star Recreation. Sadly, in the case of Mexico’s prime flight, the most important story to emerge in 2022 to this point was the distressing fan violence that broke out at a Queretaro vs. Atlas match in March.
Participant growth, vital minutes for home names in Liga MX, pushing for extra gamers to go overseas; these are all well-known issues that have to be improved. Even within the girls’s recreation the place Liga MX Femenil is undoubtedly rising and creating promising stars, better salaries must be provided to help assist these players that need more financial support. As seen within the CONCACAF W Championship, different nations are additionally shortly creating their very own stars, a number of of which shined whereas these from El Tri Femenil stumbled.
And if issues are trying bleak now, they may worsen as soon as November rolls round.
Heading into the boys’s World Cup in Qatar, which would be the most important check and measuring stick for the Mexican soccer since Russia 2018, Martino and his gamers have regarded removed from their finest.
Regardless of ending second in CONCACAF’s Octagonal desk for World Cup qualifying, El Tri typically grinded out tense and nervy outcomes which might be low-scoring and with out a lot creativity within the ultimate third. Matches have been irritating to look at as Mexico run into fixed problems with chemistry and decision-making within the assault. Chants of “Fuera Tata” (Tata Out) have change into commonplace at video games, whether or not they be dwelling or away.
Of the World Cup-bound groups that Mexico have confronted since 2021 (Canada, USMNT, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Uruguay), Martino and his gamers have stumbled their method to two wins in 11 matches (with 4 attracts), scoring simply seven instances and permitting 13 objectives. From the final 4 of these video games, Mexico had been unable to attain a single objective.
Time is working out earlier than November’s World Cup, and after trying on the occasions which have transpired throughout the FMF, plainly Qatar might show to be the bitter icing on a distress cake for Mexican soccer.