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Do the U.S. and Mexico care about the Gold Cup anymore?

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¿Fuera Osorio? Sacking Juan Carlos Osorio is not the answer for Mexico

Juan Carlos Osorio has come under fire since the 7-0 vs. Chile and, more recently, the 0-0 draw against Honduras.

Cries of "Fuera Osorio" calling for Mexico national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio to be sacked from his role are nothing new at Estadio Azteca. From shouts of "Bora (Milutinovic) out" in the 1990s to "Chepo (de la Torre) out" in the 2000s, it's something the historic venue has come to know in recent years. The fans have a right to express themselves. On some occasions, they can also be wrong.

Mexico began the day unbeaten, the leader atop a four-team group, qualified for the Hexagonal round that will determine who gets tickets to Russia 2018. But it's clear that la Seleccion Mexicana has been unable to find a suitable, apposite level of football. It has played well in brief spells against rivals of certain sporting quality, but when tested on another competitive level -- as was the case in the Copa America Centenario -- it was on the receiving end of a thrashing against Chile. To this we must add the recent failure at Rio 2016, though it was primarily with an under-23 squad. 

In this polluted and contaminated scenario, as always, the easiest thing to do is call for the head coach to make way. Which is exactly what a certain section of the fanbase did at Estadio Azteca on Tuesday.

Not all of the blame for this new crisis in Mexican football can be resolved by sacking Osorio, though. The players must also take some responsibility. Poor memory allows us to forget the fact that since Miguel Herrera's reign came to an end last summer following Mexico's participation in the Copa America and Gold Cup, Mexican football has seriously underperformed on the pitch. No one has done anything to examine the state of the game in the country, its serious shortcomings or how it has been affected by the domestic league's policy to give preference to foreign players. No one has thoroughly analyzed why Mexican players -- who have managed to reach high levels of competition in Europe and other foreign leagues -- treat call-ups to the national team with reluctance and apathy. 

I think the fans calling for Osorio's sacking are once again taking the "easy way out," which will never lead Mexican football to finding redemption and a final solution. Getting rid of Osorio will not solve anything. All it will do is serve to further complicate the scenario and lay new foundations for a domestic game that has never opted for continuity as an exercise of its duties.

Since Ricardo La Volpe's four year reign ended after successfully qualifying for 2006 World Cup, there has been a constant back and forth of names, projects, styles, conditions and temperaments, which has undoubtedly affected the development of Mexican football, the national team and the players. Hugo Sanchez, Jesus Ramirez, Sven Goran Eriksson, Efrain Flores, Jose Manuel "El Chepo" de la Torre, Luis Fernando Tena, Victor Vucetich, Miguel Herrera, Ricardo Ferretti and now Osorio. Who is next?

Mexico began the day one step closer to Russia. El Tri will certainly qualify for the World Cup. The question is: What happens next?

With this style of play, the answer is nothing.

David Faitelson is based in Los Angeles and co-hosts "Nacion ESPN," ESPN Deportes' version of "SportsNation." Follow him on Twitter @Faitelson_ESPN.


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