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Weekend Warriors: Mexico vs. USA

Seems like just yesterday when I attended my first significant match at Cowboys stadium as Mexico devoured El Salvador at the 2011 Gold Cup. I never looked back since then, the entire vibe that a Mexico match gives to even the most casual of fans leaves you wanting to come back for more and more. So after a few more gold cup matches attended, friendlies here and there as well as the almighty 2014 World Cup I figured it was time to go to the big game Mexico vs. USA. 

I could not have picked a better time to go to this huge football derby. A confederations berth on the line. Just a few months earlier I had also traveled to the opposite coast to endure Piojo's swan song which culminated with a sour taste of a Gold Cup title. The overall expectations for this match were high, just weeks before Mexico had nearly upset the #1 team in the world, Argentina. The whole Mexico squad is exceeding expectations with 6 players playing an important role for their respective clubs in Champion's League. USA on the other hand is going through somewhat of reconstruction phase with Dempsey in decline and Michael Bradley as the sole super star of the team. 

LA was everything I expected it to be, hectic and overrated. Sure the sight seeing was excellent, but the traffic, THE TRAFFIC. I can see why LA has such a hard time finding a plot of land to build an NFL stadium, its just not feasible. I take a glimpse of the map on my phone, 12 miles to the stadium 1.2 hours. Well there goes getting to tailgate/pregame. By this time I'm missing good "ol" Cowboy's Stadium in Dallas. Once in the stadium, the atmosphere was excellent and just vibrant. The only other crowd that bested this one was "that corner" at Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza against Brazil in 2014. 

Once that anthem started playing I zoned out of all the negative vibes occuring at the stadium from the tiny bleacher seats to the people sitting behind us telling us to sit down.  I mean come on, you are in the fan zone what do you expect people? Mexico's official fan zone did an amazing job with the flag, definitely outdoing the outlaws sitting on the opposite side. Being under that giant flag will send chills down ANY  tri fan. Tactically speaking Tuca made a bold statement sending Oribe, Raul and Chicharito to pressure up front. Essentially an all out blitz and boy did it work. The open spaces were clear and it was only clear that USA stayed in the game so long due to the gritty defense that held up. Sure they kept striking back, but only a genuine upset would have changed anything. It took an epic volley from wingback Paul Aguilar to seal the deal and send us to Russia 2017. 

Tuca has set the bar high for Juan Carlos Osorio and for football's sake lets hope there is continuity here. 

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Amazing and nothing but memorable on that Saturday night at the Rose Bowl!

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