Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tears in Torreón

After 120 minutes of (surprisingly action-packed) scoreless soccer earlier this afternoon, Santos and Toluca went to penalty kicks to decide the Mexican league final. Santos leapt to a 3-1 lead, and only needed one more goal to win it. They missed their three successive tries (including one from longtime favorite Matías Vuoso, who also missed a basically empty net in the final moments of overtime, and who may need to be moved this offseason), while Toluca rallied to take it 4-3.

Previously, every huge win (be it in the final in 2008 or to save the team from relegation in 2007) has led to something just short of generalized rioting in Torreón, rife with good-natured though still slightly unsettling mayhem. This is the first time since I've been here that Santos has lost in a final, but I can only hope it's not like when they win, minus the adjective "good-natured".

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