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Bobby McMahon

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You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for and and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


New Mexican Wave Threatening To Sink USA

Written by on August 14, 2012 | 17 Comments »
Posted in Mexico, United States

Less than a generation ago there were few, if any, countries that feared being drawn against Mexico at a world tournament. Mexico may have been the traditional powerhouse of CONCACAF (the region covered by North and Central America and the Caribbean) but that made them about as threatening as a hit-man specializing in….for more click on the link to

17 responses to “New Mexican Wave Threatening To Sink USA”

  1. Erik says:

    No biggie here. Just wait a few years before all of the players on the team enter the USA and look to take up residence here and play on Team USA and then “our” National team will be very good 🙂

  2. Astronomer says:

    I agree with your comment about the Mexican side being highly organized and showing dogged determination in the Olympic final. I watched the final and that was something that certainly caught my eye also.

    I have never rated Mexico as being a defensive powerhouse. Over the years (at least the last 12-14 years), they have consistently produced offensive players with technical flair, but they have been undone repeatedly in the major knock-out tournaments by mediocre defending (and, like England, also by penalty kicks !).

    So this is a new and commendable development on the part of the Mexicans. Whether they can keep it up (say, for the big dance in 2014) remains to be seen.

    I still think that they are a tad bit undersized (especially, height-wise) vis-a-vis the traditionally more robust teams from Northern and Western Europe and that will cause them problems; however, that disadvantage can be mitigated to some extent by being organized and difficult to score against.

    This “new” Mexico is somewhat of a revelation — and I wish them well.


  3. jtm371 says:

    WOW i know it was just a friendly but to beat them at Azteca. the back four and Howard would get a A+ possession was wanting but they keep it tied and struck with the one chance.i think the young kids have a future fun to watch.

  4. J says:

    Hi All,

    Sorry to post something not directly connected to the article, but I remember hearing something about an EPL fantasy/pick ’em last year…is there a way for readers/contributors to match wits like this?



  5. Erik says:

    J – doubt it since things come to and end on Thursday Aug 16 and who knows what happens after that. Saw the show on Wednesday and I had mixed emotions………Sorry to see the end near for Bobby, Eion and Michelle but happy to see Ted Baxter is now done at FSC and with the FSR!

  6. eponymous says:


    Sorry to hear that FSC is no more. You were the primary reason I tuned in on Monday’s and Friday’s, and your insight and analysis into the beautiful game will be missed.

  7. Eponymous – Thank you to you and all the viewers over the last decade – even the ones whose feedback was limited to the show not being in HD rather than the content.
    The achievement of keeping the FSR relevant over that time was simply down tho the dedication of the front line staff who laboured through a mountain of problems none of which it would do any good to list at this time.
    To complete a decade is quite miraculous on a minuscule budget. We were the first and there will never be another.

  8. rdm says:

    Hey Bobby, I’m sure it’s been asked already and I don’t know if you’re willing or able to speak to it, but do you have any plans or options to continue providing punditry to the extent that you do (did) for FSR on TV?

    Will your new online home be centered around that you’ve been publishing with for the past little while?

    What the hell am I supposed to do as far as soccer podcasts go now hmm? In all seriousness though, yours and Eoin’s weekly podcasts are the highlights of my trips to and from work and they will be sorely missed. Any chance of them continuing in some fashion?

    Regardless, thanks for all the effort from you and everyone else, it’s been great viewing/reading/listening to you and the crew over the years.

  9. I need to couple a few days and hopefully over the weekend I can post some information re Forbes, and anything else that might be in the offing.

  10. jtm371 says:

    Did you get to see the Mexico/USA friendly if so any comments?like i said before i know it was just a friendly.

  11. Erik says:

    Bobby is dead on right about the tiny budget……$400k might seem like a lot but for a show like this it is Chicken Feed – most medium size and above anchors at ESPN make more than that is a year. To have the on air staff in Winnipeg and the Control Room in Calgary is not the best way to put together a show yet it was pulled off quite well.

    I know of quite a lot of the “mountain of problems” and Bobby is being far too kind here. Calling them a “mountain of problems” would be like calling Mt Everest “a hill”.

    As I said this is a mixture of 75% bad news and 25% good news but in the long run it is 100% bad news

  12. jtm371 says:

    great news to hear Bobby will be a part of the new show.great news looking forward to your new role.

  13. Paulo Kazim says:

    Saw the last episode I will miss it…Wonder were Eoin heading nexts

  14. Ed Gomes says:

    Bobby, I hope it’s true that you’ll be joining the new show in some capacity.
    Eoin has these podcasts to do.
    In all seriousness, I wish everyone involved with FSR the best and hope they all continue growing in their careers.

    As for the US, wow. Huge win at the Aztec. Nothing like spoiling the Mexican fiesta.

  15. Al Harris says:

    I haven’t seen any info yet on Bobby being involved in whatever Murdoch’s minions dream up to replace the FSR, but I certainly hope it’s true. The farewell show had it spot on when Bobby said it provided a fixed point for soccer fans in North America to gather around every night to see what had happened that day in the beautiful game. All I can say is that with all its imperfections, the report will be missed. Ave atque vale, Bobby, Michelle, Eoin, Asa, Luke, and all the behind the scenes workers.

  16. Paulo Kazim says:

    Watching new show right now…Ed Gomes are you Brasilian or Portuguese?
    From the surname, I’m half….

  17. Gbenga says:

    Glad to see Bobby on the new show… Great work they all did over the years and something no other sports network will never come close to… Remarkable feat from all of them… I am going to miss them all…

    Good win for US against Mexico and they held their own… Mexico is still the better team in CONCACAF at the moment…

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