Mexico's 7-0 loss to Chile can be described only as humiliating
LOS ANGELES -- Humiliating! There is no other way to describe it.
I see it, and I believe it. There are many, many ways to lose. But Mexico's defeat to Chile doesn't have a name. One of the saddest and most humiliating nights in the history of football played out on the outskirts of San Francisco.
The Mexico national team was exposed, overwhelmed and insulted on the football pitch by a Chilean team that showed no mercy.
Before seeking out and listing Mexico's shortcomings -- if we even have time and space to cover them all -- it stands to be pointed out that the 7-0 result is a terrible setback for a team that was aiming for a different horizon, a team that seemed to have found a formula for a stronger future based on its results and its core of Europe-based players.
But there was nothing positive about Mexico's performance Saturday at Levi's Stadium on Saturday. The errors began with the goalkeeper and progressed up the field. The defense, disoriented, proved to be weak and shaky whenever it was tested. The midfield was laughable, with or without the ball. The forwards and potential difference-makers came out to merely enjoy the Silicon Valley sunshine. It was a disaster, especially because this team didn't show any pride or commitment in the absence of resources.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was unable to explain the painful episode. Pundits attributed the outcome to the lack of continuity and consistency in his lineups, as he rotated players in and out of the starting XI during each of Mexico's four games at the competition.
With social networks filled with criticism, anger, sadness and calls for the coach's head, it was clear that the result could mark this generation of footballers and Osorio forever.
I do not know if the solution is to change the coach. But one thing is clear: This humiliating Mexico performance cannot be glossed over or brushed under the rug. Someone needs to pay for the worst humiliation in Mexican football history.
It is time to sit down calmly and review the direction that Mexican football is taking. If it's with Osorio, let's move forward. If it's with another coach, so be it, but situations such as these that break down processes and profoundly harm the morale of both the players and fans should be avoided. Mexico should not be giving these kinds of concessions. It was assumed that the dark times had already passed, that Mexico's competitive history was now being written on another level.
The worst is the disillusion painted on the faces of legions of loyal, dedicated and passionate Mexican fans. Mexico still doesn't have the football it deserves. There is a historic debt owed to the fan base. If football were to dictate our happiness, we would be a very sad country.
This was the most bitter night in the history of Mexican football. The culprit, or culprits, are being sought because there is no time or space for sense or sanity. The events in Santa Clara were a "Santa Madrina" (a hammering).
David Faitelson is based in Los Angeles and co-hosts "Nacion ESPN," ESPN Deportes' version of "SportsNation." Follow him on Twitter @Faitelson_ESPN.