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 Posted by David Faitelson
Aug 7, 2014

America, let Jimenez go

Club America striker Raul Jimenez has been heavily linked with a move to Porto.
Club America striker Raul Jimenez has been heavily linked with a move to Porto.

LOS ANGELES -- Raúl Jiménez's bags are packed, he's got his passport in hand, and he has a visa to conquer at soccer's highest level.

Technically and physically he's imposing. He has scored more goals than any other Mexican player in the last two years, and he has the personality or perhaps the make-up to emerge on a day with three goals and an assist when a kid his age might be "under the weather" because of what's been said about him in recent days.

- Marshall: Power rankings: America stays perfect
- Canales: Week three Best XI: Jimenez shines
- Hernandez: America the class of the Apertura

Hence, what might be an appeal, almost a plea.

Let him go, América...
Let him go...
Let him go, Ricardo Peláez... Let him go, Yon De Luisa... Let him go, Emilio Azcarraga Jean.
Put aside your egotism...
Put aside your needs, your ego, your Liga, your television...
Let him go, América...

Let Raúl Jiménez take flight and leave the nest... to grow, to learn, to mature, to be a prodigal son at another level of competition. Stop being selfish, América...

Let. Him. Go.

Saturday's match in Puebla confirmed some theories.

The everlasting and mysterious legend of Cronus: the "god of time" is all-powerful and unforgiving. And while the crowd at Cuauhtemoc Stadium impatiently prayed for Cuauhtémoc Blanco to shine as bright as he once did, a kid 20 years his junior stole the show.

The days when a certain half-hunchbacked América playmaker could do it all are now the trademark of an athletic kid who stands 6-foot-2 and threatens to play on a different plane.

It all began minutes before, in the bowels of the stadium, as Puebla coach Ruben Omar Romano attempted to convince his players that it was an even match-up, that they could compete, that they kind of had a "secret weapon" hidden within a tired, exhausted 41-year-old legend determined to give all that he has left.

The prayers weren't enough. You need game to stop this América team, sometimes weak and anaemic, other times powerful and omnipresent. All the while Puebla falls further ill and the sickness spreads to the stands, a disgrace to Ruiz Esparza, Maurer, Poblete, Aravena and "Mango" Orozco and their legendary past. This Puebla does not exist, or at least if it does, it isn't capable of competing in the same league as América.

The afternoon was all Jiménez, and let's hope that it's one of his last days of glory with América.

@Faitelson_ESPN

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