On Friday night, Mexico suffered their first home defeat at the Estadio Azteca since 2001. Despite Mexico taking the lead in the first half, Honduras fought back and ultimately won 2-1. The visitorsâ€™ win means that Mexico drops down to fourth place in CONCACAF qualifying, just one point above Panama. As the fourth-placed finisher goes on to play against New Zealand, winner of Oceania, for the right to compete in Brazilâ€¦well, letâ€™s just say Mexican fans arenâ€™t too pleased at their teamâ€™s performance.
Speaking after last nightâ€™s loss, Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre stated that he would not be resigning from his position, likening a resignation to â€śrunning away.â€ť But theÂ FederaciĂłn Mexicana de FĂştbol (FMF) took that decision out of de la Torreâ€™s hands, announcing on its website that the coach had been removed from his position. Into his place stepsÂ Luis Fernando Tena, who will take charge for Mexicoâ€™s visit to Columbus on Tuesday, where they will face the USMNT in what is now a must-win match for El Tri.
De la Torre, often known as â€śChepoâ€ť, took charge of the national team at the beginning of 2011, marking his debut with a 2-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Later that year, Mexico won the Gold Cup, but faltered in the 2013 tournament. After beginning Gold Cup play with a group stage loss to Panama, El Tri were then eliminated by the same foe in the semi-finals. Will Tena fare any better, or will Mexico miss out on the 2014 World Cup?