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Who knows what was running through former Club América coach Miguel Herrera’s mind earlier this month when he approached reporters’ microphones after his side’s aggregate 5-1 loss to Leon in the Liga MX championship and blamed the disaster on bad refereeing
before storming off into the night.
Herrera, who has since been named the permanent manager of the Mexican national team, subsequently apologized for his quasi-diatribe and attributed his remarks to the disappointment of defeat. But this tantrum thrown by a grown man does seem a fitting end to the year for the national side -- a year marked by rash decisions and deadening humiliation, a year that saw the wealthy businessmen who run both the professional league and the national team burn through three managers, a year that saw naturalized Argentinians capped in a desperate bid for scoring punch, and worst of all, a year that saw Mexico qualify for the World Cup in the saddest way possible, only thanks to last-ditch help from its despised rivals to the north.
The good news is that all that will soon be last year's news. The bad news - okay, perhaps not so much bad as unsettling - is that for Herrera reassembling the pieces involves more questions, so many nagging questions, questions like the ones that caused him to lash out at journalists. Here are but a few of them, and the answers will determine whether Mexico does something memorable at the World Cup.