Victor Manuel Vucetich Reportedly Named Manager of Mexican National Team
After years of ruling over CONCACAF, Mexico has fallen on hard times on the world football stage. After the 2-0 defeat to the U.S. Tuesday night, Mexico is in danger of missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Per the official SportsCenter Twitter account, Victor Manuel Vucetich, most recently of C.F. Monterrey, will be named Mexico's lead man.
THIS JUST IN: Victor Manuel Vucetich to be named 3rd manager of Mexican national team of past week, according to ESPN & media reports.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 12, 2013
Three managers in one week displays just how bad things have become for El Tri. Vucetich follows Luis Fernando Tena, who was handed the interim reigns after Jose Manuel de la Torre's recent dismissal.
Currently tied with fourth-placed Panama at eight points, Mexico is currently in fifth in CONCACAF standings on a goals tiebreaker. Only the top three teams earn guaranteed World Cup berths, with the fourth-placed team going on to play New Zealand in a playoff with Brazil 2014 on the line.
Mexico will meet Panama on Oct. 11, marking Vucetich's debut as manager. There will be an unparalleled level of pressure on him, as Mexico will need to defeat or tie Panama if it hopes to keep its World Cup dreams alive.
A loss would give Panama full control of its own destiny and effectively eliminate Mexico from contention. Consider this to be a high-stakes debut.
It all starts on offense.
Mexico's 2-0 loss to Team USA was yet another unfortunate development in its struggles, as it marked the fifth time that it was held scoreless during the fourth round of World Cup qualifying. Mexico has tallied just four goals in its last eight qualifiers, which is the second-lowest in the Hexagonal. Only Jamaica has been worse with three goals scored.
Defensively, only Costa Rica has allowed less goals than Mexico thus far. Until it improve its offense, however, Mexico won't turn things around.
The pressure is on Vucetich to step up right away.
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