Jonathan Raymond | October 16, 2013
Mexico took on Costa Rica in their final Concacaf World Cup qualifier last night, and needed a win to ensure they would grab the play-off spot that will see Concacaf’s fourth-place team play Oceania champions New Zealand.
They did not win. In a fitting end to an incredibly disappointing qualifying campaign, the Mexicans dropped a 2-1 result. Panama, meanwhile, held a 2-1 lead over the United States after 90 minutes, and a win would put them in fourth place, eliminating Mexico entirely.
Panama needed only to stop the Americans from scoring in extra time, and they would be through to face the Kiwis.
They did not do this. The Mexican announcer, making the call over a simulcast of both games, was pleased, as evident in the video below. At seven seconds, you will see the US score the tying goal (Panama needed all three points from a win) and then hear a grown Mexican man exclaim, “We love you, we love you forever and ever, God bless America!”
If you listen from 1:20, you can hear the Mexican announcers react to the third US goal.
An outburst from a Latin American announcer when the United States scores a last-minute goal to put his team through to the World Cup finals is, it seems, becoming something of a tradition.
Mexico’s jubilation last night is reminiscent of Honduras in 2009, when the Americans, already qualified then as well, scored a (for them) meaningless goal in the 94th minute to salvage a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica. That meaningless goal for USA, though, meant the difference between automatic qualification and a play-off for Honduras and Costa Rica. Honduras were very, very excited to be qualifying automatically.
Costa Rica went on to lose the 2010 play-off with Uruguay, 2-1. One imagines Mexico might have a better go of it facing New Zealand.