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Has Mexico lost its winning habit?

Mexico have struggled recently (©GettyImages)
Mexico have struggled recently (©GettyImages).

Five draws and one win in the first six games of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers hexagonal round.

That's a record that could be expected out of any team in the region, but no one would ever expect it from the USA, or even less from Mexico.Well, this is Mexico's present reality.

Jamaica, Costa Rica and the USA managed to get a point out of Mexico on Mexico's home turf, something that had not happened previously, as they had been dominant in past qualifiers.

There were also draws at Honduras and Panama. People might say, well Mexico got away points. However, in previous qualifiers, Mexico would have picked all three points from each venue. Finally, there's a suffered win in Kingston, Jamaica. These are atypical results from such a team that has fans used to always winning. 

Then came the Confederations Cup in Brazil. With Mexico fielding a strong team with star players such as Guillermo Ochoa, Javier Hernandez, Andres Guardado, Giovanni Dos Santos, as well as others, Mexican fans were expecting at least a spot in the semifinals. However, an openning 2-1 loss to Italy, followed by a 2-0 loss to Brazil, and the Mexicans were already out of the competition.

Their only consolation was a 2-1 win against Japan. This was seen as a disappointment by Mexican fans. 

But there was another disappointment on the way. Having won the previous two Gold Cups, expectations were high for the team. Even though their strongest team wasn't going to be fielded, fans were expecting to win it for a third straight time.

Well it wasn't to be. Panama shocked everyone by winning the first game 2-1. Mexico then followed by comfortably getting three points against Canada and Martinique 2-0 and 3-1 respectively in group stage.

It sure seemed like things were turning around, but a lethargic 1-0 quarterfinal win against Trinidad and Tobago with an 84th minute goal showed that this wasn't the strong Mexican team fans are used to watching.

The goal earned Mexico a berth in the semifinals where they would face Panama for the second time in the tournament. Déjà vu, 2-1 was the final score in favor of the Panamanians. Mexico's run at the Gold Cup title had come to an end. 

Is this losing trend going to continue for the Mexican national team? Fans didn't seem too happy at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Journalists and fans are calling for manager Jose Manuel de la Torre to resign.

With only eight points out of eighteen possible in the hexagonal round of World Cup qualifiers, is Mexico going to make it to Brazil in 2014?

There are many questions in the Mexican national team's future. But perhaps this is the most pressing - has the country lost its winning habit?

 

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