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Marquez injured, will miss USA-Mexico qualifier

Rafael Marquez (AP) 

Mexican national team captain Rafael Marquez suffered a torn calf muscle and is expected to miss Mexico's World Cup qualifying showdown vs. the United States on Aug. 12.

Marquez suffered the injury while training with FC Barcelona ahead of Wednesday's exhibition vs. the Seattle Sounders. He is expected to be sidelined between 10 and 15 days, making a return for next week's qualifier highly unlikely.

Marquez had just returned from knee surgery, having seen limited action during Barcelona's pre-season.

What do you think of the news? Think the U.S. team can finally beat Mexico in Mexico? Is the Gold Cup horror still too fresh in your mind to get too optimistic about next week?

Share your thoughts below.

89 comments
  • Jorge

    On serious note, Marquez is good when playing for Barca but overrated when it comes to the Mexican Team.

    He has been criticized numerously for not showing heart while playing for the National Team.

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  • Rocco

    Given their syntax, spelling, statements, and revelation that they read interviews with Pep and Rafa (which would usually be only in Spanish) it is quite clear that “Frank” and “Dan” are Mexican trolls. No need to be sneaky fellas. You have nothing to fear.

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  • jimmygreaves

    To bad. I’d be happier if Mexico had a limping Marquez on he field.

    Marquez looking better for Barca than El Tri may have just a little to do with the players surrounding him at Barca as opposed to who he plays with for Mexico. Also you get the feeling he’s just arrogant enough to think the opposition Mexico plays is beneath his dignity and talent.

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  • Beto

    Please Marquez , stay with Barca and dont come ever again to MEXNT pleaseeeeeee , we dont want players like you !!!! you sucks Rafa !!

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  • Derek

    I worry more about their unknown youngsters than Marquez who is guaranteed to lose all composure.

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  • understood

    @ dan…YOU obviously havent been following barca closely…a) they brought in milito to replace him…just so happens that both guys are injury prone so neither played much down the stretch last year…and b) why has he been begging for a contract extension YET barca wont give him one…its because they see the writing on the wall…hes lost his speed…and he was never tall…so now hes a liability defensively

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  • MiamiAl

    I agree with MB…Marquez always makes at least one big bonehead mistake per game…He sucks, yet the Mexicans are too stupid to know it…He always at some point loses his composure which results in a positive shift in momentum for us…We are going to miss him…

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  • S.Torres

    The Mexican Team will DIE in the field before losing this game at Azteca!
    If they don’t, the crowd WILL kill’em!!!

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  • understood

    @dan…and what do you expect pep to say…”marquez is declining and were looking to replace him when his contract expires”…that wouldnt be wise…look at how he handled the eto’o situation last year…he praised him…won a treble with him…but in the back of his mind he always wanted him out…so thats what ended up happening…

    are you praising marquez based on your anaylsis of his skill level or because he plays for barca?…cause guess what…by 2010 he prolly will be playing back in mexico…so will you then downgrade him?

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  • GO USA

    @Frank

    Wow 20 percent, I didn’t know he was on his deathbed. Quick someone give this guy some life points.

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  • GO USA

    Marquez has easily been the best player in the CONCACAF for the past 5 years and that really is not up for discussion.

    Posted by: japan | August 06, 2009 at 08:31 AM

    Actually I don’t agree with you. David Suazo and Wilson Palacios have been great in the past 5 years.

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  • Salchipapa619

    @Beto…I am sure you were one of the Mexi fans defending him saying how great he is, one of best defenders in world, plays at Barca…blah blah blah! Now you turn back on him?? So shallow! who will replace him? The Chivas defenders who have given up 7 goals in two games?

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  • japan

    GO USA, Suazo had one great season at Calgari, went to Inter and gets loaned out because there were better strikers there. Palacios started playing well 2-3 years ago and really hasn’t proven anything yet although he can turn out to be a massive player. They are good players but incomparable to Marquez at this point.

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  • Second City

    If the US are able to get 3 points, this will surely be the excuse we hear on why Mexico lost, for the first time.

    Guaranteed excuse.

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  • Dab

    I think that if you are unable to recognize that Rafa is good you dont know soccer. Of course look he is at the end of his career. But you cant say he has been overrated when he has two champions. And by the way they did renew his contract for another 2 years. WHich I honestly think will be his last years at barca.

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  • Beto

    @ Salchipapa619 ….. Rafa is an excellent defender, maybe one of the best in the world … but He doesnt want to play for Mexico enymore … that´s why I said that we dont want players like him with his attitude …

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  • Dan

    @Rocco

    I’m sorry!!! I did not know this was a site where i could have my grammar checked. Next time I have to write my thesis I will let you know. But I hope you at least have a Masters to back it up. And I do speak Spanish, French and English fluently which allow me to read interviews in may languages. And by the way, Barca has their website in English.

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  • Insurgente1

    Understood-
    You’re one of those guys that WANT to believe the psychobabble they drool as many others that post here, and probably have NEVER stepped into a soccer field, let alone competed even at a reserve level.
    To be more specific with regards to your “affirmations”:

    a) Gaby Milito was NEVER brought in to replace Marquez at Barca, but to lighten the workload on Puyol! Marquez played in tandem with Milito, as much as he played with Puyol. That was during Milito’s first season with Barca, specifically 06/07. Milito, who had NEVER been injury prone as you say, did tear his ACL and thus missed the 08/09 season, which obviously did not matter since Barca won the treble!
    Marquez on the other hand, played 36 games total in the 08/09 season, nine of them Champions League games, won twenty eight of those, tied five, AND LOST THREE! He also happened to score at least one goal in each one of the three competitions they won! If that’s not impressive for you, I really can’t help you.
    b) WHO or WHERE is the source that told you that he’s been “begging” Barca to extend his contract? All I know is that the moment he gets back to Barcelona he is signing until 2012!
    Plus 6’0 may not be tall for you, but for an opposing player like let’s say Aguero, Ribery etc, both 5’6…that IS TALL!
    Besides, all that matters is that Guardiola, arguably the best soccer coach in the world, has him as his reference on defense, just like Rijkaard before him, two individuals that know a little more about Futbol than you!

    Just a side story that most people don’t know, but adds to his prestige as a player:
    Do you know the ONLY reason Real Madrid didn’t sign him before Barcelona? Because they could not make up their minds at the time, as to weather he was a better defender or midfielder, and tactically they didn’t need a midfielder!

    And anyway, just in case you don’t have a clue, no one criticizes him more for his errors, and there have been many, than Mexico fans! But when fans of an opposing team that don’t have anyone that even comes close, in any way shape or form, start with the nonsense, then there’s some clearing up to do!

    Anyhow, good luck with Onyewu in Milan!

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  • LOL

    “Anyhow, good luck with Onyewu in Milan!”

    That is a good one.

    This is just funny.

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  • harry balsac

    @insurgenta, you mean you actually played football. WOW “let alone at a reserve level” well laddy friggin da, we have us a footballer, and dan congrats, you are a very talented linguist, you too must be something

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  • dolan

    @Rocco

    You are absolutely correct. Add japan to your list and you’d be perfect. Also, wait until Christian chimes in. He’s a real peach.

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  • harry balsac

    so then if gooch is drivel, what then settled down the great jared borghetti’s antics?

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  • dolan

    @insurgente(oooh, insurgent)

    Good luck with Onyewu in Mexico City. You’ve been added to Rocco’s list.

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  • dolan

    @japan

    I don’t know if you’re Mexican or not. I do believe you’re a troll though.

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  • japan

    because I praised a player that succeeded in the biggest of stages? I would love to see an American player achieve what he has.

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  • understood

    @japan…i dont think you or anyone else who disagrees is a troll…in fact there are way more US fanboys that post here than there are trolls…having said that…i think what you and some of the other pro-marquez people in this thread are missing is that there is no doubt that marquez has achieved more than any D has in american history…but were not talking about achievements…were discussing the evaluation of his worth TODAY…how good do you think he will be going forward for this next year…club season plus 2010 world cup

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  • japan

    I think he’s is past his prime but still a very very good player who still has a good part to play for Barca and is for me, still the best player in CONCACAF.

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  • Tom P

    I think this is bad for us – the USA I mean.

    Marquez has stunk up the field vs. us for 7 years now and he is overated to begin with. Now they will put out a younger player with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.

    That being said I hate Marquez with a passion.

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  • mirquo

    ooooooh
    wow that´s nice crap!
    get your big mouths shut, cause in azteca they´ll be little as ants…
    tomorrows result is unpredictable.
    if you think u.s.a. will at least tie, then good luck!
    keep dreaming…

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