Photo: Jose Manuel de la Torre to Remain Mexican Nat'l Team's Coach
The president of Mexico’s soccer federation said Jose Manuel de la Torre would stay on as the national team’s coach, though he made clear the manager is expected to lead the squad to a berth in the 2014 World Cup.
“We have the commitment and obligation to be in Brazil 2014. I have to trust the coaching staff through the end of the qualifying,” Justino Compean said.
“We must give him a second chance because he deserves it. We’re talking about someone who is a professional and our best option,” he added.
Compean termed a “true failure” Mexico’s elimination from this summer’s Confederations Cup in Brazil in the round-robin stage and its defeat in the semifinals of the just-concluded Concacaf Gold Cup by Panama.
Although Mexico currently sits in third place in regional qualifying for next year’s World Cup - behind the United States and Costa Rica - and will qualify directly for soccer’s premier competition if it stays in that spot, Compean said “there’s no valid excuse” for the national team’s results.
Mexico still has four World Cup qualifying games left and will host a match on Sept. 6 against Honduras, which trails El Tri by just one point.