Argentina in awesome 4-1 win over Mexico
SAN DIEGO -- Sven-Goran Eriksson -- "Senor Sven" to his new friends -- must surely have thought he was in Mexico City or Guadalajara on Wednesday night.
It couldn't have been Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego's Mission Valley, not with 68,498 fans jamming the place to the skyline. Not with all the red, white and green on display, not with the thunderous chants of "Si se puede" (roughly "Yes we can") shaking the venerable stadium to its foundations.
But Qualcomm Stadium it was, and it was not long before Mexico's new national soccer coach was made to realize the scope of the task in front of him.
Argentina, ranked No. 1 in the world and featuring the planet's best player, Lionel Messi -- Cristiano Ronaldo fans would argue the point -- scored twice inside the first 18 minutes and three times in the first half hour en route to a 4-1 victory over El Tri in the highest-profile match played in California in years.
Argentina "Fulminates" Mexico 4-1 was published at Mexican newspaper El Universal.
Fulmina Argentina 4-1 a México
Propina la albiceleste un baile al Tri en partido amistoso en San Diego, con Jesús Ramírez aún como técnico nacional; Eriksson presencia en el estadio la derrota mexicana