Mexico fires head soccer coach Jose Manuel de la Torre

Saturday September 7th, 2013

Jose Manuel de la Torre Jose Manuel de la Torre was dismissed after three years in charge of Mexico. (YURI CORTEZ/ Getty Images

Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre has been relieved of his duties as head coach of Mexico's national soccer team, the Mexican Football Federation announced Saturday morning. De la Torre's assistant Luis Fernando Tena will take over the team and will lead the team in their World Cup qualifier against the United States on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

The pressure had been mounting on de la Torre for months after a string of disappointing results in World Cup Qualifying, but things came to a head in El Tri's shock 2-1 loss to Honduras at the famed Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The loss was Mexico's first at home since 2001, and ended a 27-game unbeaten streak in World Cup qualifiers.

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