Too much ignorance in this thread.
Originally Posted by Latinlover
-They didn't even finish first in their zone. A country where people call football "soccer" overplayed them.
Yes. The USA overplayed Mexico by exactly one goal
Not trying to minimize USA's accomplishment, they won the qualifiers, but we also have to put things into perspective. The US won the zone qualifiers because of the result head-to-head, meaning by exactly one goal. In Mexico, the game ended 2-1 Mexico's favor, and in the US 2-0 for a US victory. Both US and Mexico won 7 games, tied 1, and lost 2, pretty darn even to call it "overplayed."
-Their best players are naturalized (not that the USA doesn't naturalize anybody).
Ok. I don't know how much time you have been following Mexico's futbol, but where do you get the idea that Mexico's best players are naturalized? Since Lavolpe's era, there has been only 2 naturalized players in the national team, Zinha and Guille Franco. Franco has played very little amount of time to even have an assesment of him, but the time he has played has done absolutely nothing. Zinha is an averaged player and has also done very little with the team, he's too inconsistent. He's basically there because of the coach. Blanco, Sanchez, Marquez, Salcido, Borgetti, Fonseca, Morales, Pardo, are Mexico's best players.
-The majority of their players are not good enough to play in big european clubs. Teams like Portugal have a lot of them, and even Korea has several.
Long story short. Mexican players hardly seek foreign leagues because of the well-established domestic league they have. The Mexican league is competitive, well paid, and most importantly it's Mexican. I guess Rafael Marquez wasn't good enough to play in Barcelona.
-Their clubs are not a major force in South American competitions.
Oh, really? That's news to me. The Mexican league is amongst the best in all of the Americas. And I don't say that, the facts do. Mexican clubs have a positive record against ALL South American countries with the exception of Brazil, no wonder we see Mexican teams in the finals of any given South American competition every now and then.
-They've only went past a roung of 16 once, playing at home.
Actually, Mexico reached the quarter final twice at home.
-They have to really work in your defense.
Hmm, and Mexico's best aptitude is the defense.
Also, Lavolpe is one of the worst coaches Mexico has had, next to Meza.
Next time, get yourself informed. Looks to me you have no clue what you are talking about.