If you haven’t had a chance to watch the preview video, you can watch it here. If you’ve already done that, let’s get this week’s #AskCesar started!
At the risk of this not being to late…who is your favorite goalkeeper?
— Ivan Pineda (@IvanPineda83) June 9, 2017
Favorite of all-time: Jorge Campos
Favorite at the moment: David de Gea
Favorite in Liga MX: Tiago Volpi
Do you agree that any one of Herrera, Jona, or Guardado would make a better CDM for MX than any of Molina, Reyes, or Marquez?
— Jiminy (@Voice_of_Jiminy) June 8, 2017
I think so. I’ve made the case that Guardado or Jonathan would do an excellent job in that DM role. Also, as much as I think Herrera should spend more time on the bench, he was near-perfect in that DM role yesterday.
It all depends on the opponent as well. If Osorio is looking for a player who is better at winning the ball in the air, that’s when Rafa or Reyes might be better suited to start.
Was Theresa May's decision to call an election, and then lose her majority, the biggest political mistake ever?
— Tom Harrison (@tomh_36) June 9, 2017
I think a bigger political mistake is currently hanging out in the White House. Or in Mar-a-Lago.
Best Morrissey song
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) June 9, 2017
I feel like such a terrible Latinx/Mexican-American because I don’t really listen to Morrissey. Give me an album recommendation and I’ll listen to it today.
Any albums you recommend that recently came out?
— The Colorful Kit (@TheColorfulKit) June 9, 2017
This came out in late 2016, but I can’t stop listening to Jeff Rosentock’s Worry. Probably my favorite album from last year. This year, my favorite is Thundercat’s Drunk. Love that one, it’s constantly playing in the background of my apartment.
You sure anything by Gift of Gab that's about to come out doesn't count? #AskCesar
— Steve Graff (@SG_Calcio) June 9, 2017
Has Gift done anything recently? Need to look that up. If we are talking about favorite albums, one of my fav hip-hop albums of all-time is his work in Blazing Arrow.
At this point in the hex with #ElTri being so ahead in points, would you say this is due to Mexico being at their best in recent times or…
— Carlos Barrón (@cbarronjr) June 9, 2017
I believe this has more to do with Mexico’s current generation of players that not only works well together, but also has plenty of depth. It’s going to be exciting to see what they can do in the Confederations Cup.
— Steve Graff (@SG_Calcio) June 9, 2017
Other than the major transfers for America, Monterrey and Pachuca, the big story involved Jaguares. Due to issues with debts, the recently relegated team will not be allowed to take part in the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Will be interesting to see if the club is dissolved in the near future.
What are your thoughts of Edson Puch to Pachuca? #AskCesar
— s l n e (@_princehsa) June 9, 2017
I think it’s an exciting move, especially when you consider that Cardona is now a part of the roster as well. That is, if Cardona doesn’t find a way to stop the trade.
After watching so many questionable moves and sales throughout the draft, it’s cool to see a team like Pachuca that is so well-run and always seems to know what it is doing. One of the model clubs in Mexico.
Are you a fan of either foster the people, empire of the sun, the generationals, of monster and men, dent may, neon indian, or the palms? ?
— Francisco Maldonado (@fmaldonado2009) June 9, 2017
I’m definitely a big big fan of Neon Indian! Perfect music to listen to during night time drives.
How bad will pulisic destroy Mexico
— Witt Wortham (@WittWortham2) June 9, 2017
I have no doubt that Pulisic will make things difficult for Mexico, but I’m still unsure of how the rest of his squad will be able to perform. Destroy is probably a stretch here. As mentioned in the preview, I’m thinking this will end in a 1-1 draw.
What should we make of the dismal attendance? Found it shocking. Especially on current form and it being a World Cup Qualifier. Concerned?
— Marc Serber (@SoccerSerber) June 9, 2017
I think considering that it was a Thursday night game against Honduras, the turn-out wasn’t awful. Either way, it’s important to remember that Sunday’s game at the Azteca is already sold out!
Who can replace the intensity of Salcedo, the midfield exp of Guarado and Layun to play aggressive vs. usa
— Eduardo Dueñas (@EduardoNY_7) June 9, 2017
Salcedo is out for sure, but could be replaced by either Dueñas or Layun. I know a couple of people have hinted at the possibility of Marquez, Layun and Guardado missing Sunday’s game, but there has yet to be anything official announced from El Tri or Osorio.
EDIT: Welp, it was just announced that Marquez, Layun and Guardado are set to miss out on Sunday’s game.
#AskCesar Will Pulisic and Fabian Johnson's speed and talent hurt on the counter? How will Chicharito do vs 6-5 Brooks and 6-4 Cameron ?
— Xolo Skull (@XoloSkull17) June 9, 2017
As mentioned earlier, I am a bit worried about Pulisic and wouldn’t be surprised if Mexico has a difficult time containing him. That said, Mexico has a wealth of options in the attack that can compensate for any defensive mistakes. Quick and agile names like Vela and Tecatito should be ready to make things interesting on the wings if Hernandez has a hard time finding the back of the net.
Another thing which works in Mexico’s favor is a name like Lozano who could be a massive impact player late in the game.
Do you think Mexican teams should work their way back into the libertadores or work on strengthening concacaf?
— ✘ (@TOYXMACHINES) June 9, 2017
I would love to see Liga MX clubs return to the Copa Lib, especially when you consider that no Mexican team has won the title yet. The competition there is more fierce than that of a CCL.
Any ideas why aris nor chapo are in the Mexico aquad?
— Duran (@47sinz) June 9, 2017
For whatever reason, Osorio and his staff don’t appear fond of a right-back or left-back like Aris or Chapo. It seems like prefers a high-pressing and attack-minded defender or a strong and tall presence. Still not sure why either of them wasn’t given a chance in the recent Gold Cup list that was revealed.
Ochoa would primarily be the starter in the confederation cup. Do you agree?
— \\tore// (@chuibernal) June 9, 2017
I believe that he is Mexico’s best option in net, but knowing Osorio, I think Talavera might get more time than expected in goal.
Why didn't Chicharito , Moreno and Layun play ? Lol
— Lupe Diaz Jr. (@Lupeets23) June 9, 2017
Moreno and Layun were both carrying yellows into the game against Honduras, meaning that if they earned one yesterday, they would have been suspended for the match against the United States. As for Chicharito, I believe Osorio was resting him (and a few other starters) before the weekend.