Luis Fernando Tena's job in jeopardy?
Carson, Calif. -- After a punchy press conference in which he had already deftly handled questions about his future, Mexican U-23 coach Luis Fernando Tena stepped outside the media room and walked onto the pitch at the Home Depot Center to examine the perfectly manicured grass.
"This grass is better than the one I have in my house," the amicable Tena jokingly said.
The reality, of course, is that Tena might soon have time to tend to the grass at his house should he fail to lead his team to Olympic qualification. Though Tena managed El Tri's U-23 team to last year's Pan Am Games gold medal, his hold on the job is tenuous since most believe the team has underachieved. A 2-0 thrashing against the United States in a friendly last month brought even more questions about Tena's preparation and tactical abilities.
Tena is the manager with the most to prove in this Olympic qualifying tournament, and he most certainly will be the person with the most to lose should Mexico flop.