Tuesday, August 11, 2009

US/Mexico Trash Talk

I made a decision when I started this blog, to keep it dedicated to Real Salt Lake discussion and not get distracted by too much talk about the US National Team, other MLS clubs or other clubs worldwide. However, as the World Cup starts to approach I'm realizing that I can't possibly stick to that. And sometimes I read things that are just too good to pass up. First, there was Grant Wahl's book. And now there is this from Steve Davis: An open letter to the good Mexican soccer fans

It's a good recall of some of the happenings in the US/El Tri rivalry over the years and it's all presented with a good helping of trash-talking. Here is a brief excerpt, but make sure to read for yourself:

Ok, one more time, here’s the deal: U.S. Soccer officials later explained the whole deal, even if they didn’t do in very publicly, preferring not to enflame the whole thing again. It was a long bus ride through traffic. Donovan had to go. Just numero uno. It’s not like he was dropping a duece or anything. So he went over behind some shrubs and cut loose. Simple as that. It asn’t any kind of symbolic show of disrespect. But a camera caught it and, whoa! What an outcry! You’d think the guy had graffiti tagged the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan.