Farewell Temoc

Blanco after last night’s game/Getty Images

A number of postings on this site have been spent criticizing both MLS and Cuauhtemoc Blanco himself. However, last night I felt honored as I witnessed live both Blanco’s 100th cap and his final appearance for Mexico in a 2-1 victory over Canada in Chiapas. Blanco has been a colorful and somewhat unsporting players at times in his career. But his quality has been unmistakable for El Tri and for America where he spent the better part of his club career. Blanco kept himself in shape and motivated to get to 100 caps despite the reluctance of both Ricardo Lavolpe and Hugo Sanchez to feature him prominently.

Blanco’s final crowning achievment for Mexico was helping El Tri under a new manager, Sven Goran Eriksson sweep its home matches in World Cup qualifying group play thus virtually ensuring passage to the final round of qualifying. Those of us in the United States are fortunate enough to watch this living legend continue plying his trade here in MLS. For the rest of you, he will be sorely missed no doubt.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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