Concacaf Gold Cup

Miguel Herrera, Manager of Mexico’s National Football Team Sacked

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On Sunday, July 26, Mexico beat Jamaica in football during the CONCACAF Gold Cup victory in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. What should have been a time of national pride has quickly turned to worry after Coach Miguel Herrera assaulted a reporter the day after the 3-1 win. Yesterday, Herrera was officially fired after an investigation into the incident.

After years of going through coaches, El Tri, Mexico’s National Football team had found in Coach Miguel Herrera a stable, albeit fiery presence since 2013. During his tenure, Mexico had only seven losses, 11 draws and 18 wins. However, in the media there have been critics of Herrera’s skill as manager over the national team and the Mexican reporter who was attacked, Christian Martinoli of TV Azteca had been one of them.

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Despite the win on Sunday, many commentators spoke on El Tri’s deficiencies as a team and how its win was very narrow. El Tri advanced to the final as a result of two knockout-round matches and late penalty kicks, calls that many thought were controversial.

Even Mexico’s Footbol Federation President Decio de Maria called into question how the team came to its win during its semifinal game, especially since most of its top players were missing.

We all saw what happened on the pitch…We won at the Gold Cup, but none of us like how it happened,” de Maria said.

When it came to the altercation between Martinoli and Herrera, TV Azteca released a statement about journalists having the right to express themselves without threats.

Our country needs brave journalists, who are able to share their opinions and who enjoy the freedom of doing so without being attacked…Mexico needs more liberty, more public debate and less violence.”

In 10 weeks Mexico will be up against the United States on Oct. 9th for the deciding game for which team will go to the 2017 Confederations Cup.

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Rock Superstars Maná & Mexico Team Captain Rafael Márquez Celebrate Historic Weekend On Stage At STAPLES Center in Los Angeles

Mexican Sports And Music Fans in Los Angeles Both Had Cause To Celebrate This Weekend, As The Mexican National Team Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup At The Rose Bowl, And Latin Rock Superstars Maná Took Over Downtown LA For A Record-Setting FOUR SOLD-OUT NIGHTS At STAPLES Center. The Weekend Came To A Euphoric Close As Mexican Team Captain and CONCACAF MVP Rafael Márquez Joined Maná Onstage Sunday Evening For The Triple-GRAMMY Winning Quartet’s Fourth & Final Show Of The Historic Concert Run.

“For the fourth consecutive night the ‘SOLD-OUT’ banner was hung and 16,000 fans packed the aisles of the Los Angeles Arena… In a surprise appearance, Mexico captain Rafael Márquez called Maná ‘the best band in Mexico’.” – EFE (translated)

“U2 was the big draw in town last weekend, but even they haven’t done what the Latin group Maná is doing this weekend at STAPLES Center  … Maná brought down the house [with] four sold out concerts …they are a true phenomena” – KCBS-TV

“The biggest music act in all of Latin America… Maná just made history with a sold-out concert series at Staples center”- KTLA-TV

“Thousands of fans are in downtown L.A. to see Maná as the band rocks four sold-out concert at STAPLES Center … Maná is not just a band, it is a force …and there is no stopping their momentum.  …Their four sold-out concerts at STAPLES Center have set a record.” – KCAL-TV

“Maná boldly kicks off four sell-outs at STAPLES… a night of beauty with beloved rockers.”

Orange County Register

“To call [Maná’s concert] glorious would grossly understate … the STAPLES Center was at capacity last night and no doubt [Maná] will keep ’em coming through Sunday night”

LA Weekly

“A Memorable Concert – Maná proved once again why they are considered the best Spanish rock band in the world… filling the home of the Lakers with spectacular music” La Opinion (translated)

“Magical, Energetic & Emotional Start For Maná Tour In Los Angeles” Hoy (translated)

“Maná sold out a record 4 nights at STAPLES Center …The only band in their same league is U2”

Examiner.com

Maná’s Drama y Luz Arena Tour’s Now Continues Across The United States

06.29.2011 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
06.30.2011 Dallas, TX American Airline Arena
07.02.2011 Houston, TX Toyota Center
07.03.2011 Houston, TX Toyota Center
07.07.2011 Miami, FL American Airline Arena
07.09.2011 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
07.10.2011 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Arena
07.14.2011 Washington, DC Patriot Center
07.16.2011 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
07.17.2011 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
07.21.2011 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
07.22.2011 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena