This Copa America Centenario has had a lot of excellent finishes, great matches and amazing moments. Lionel Messi, Clint Dempsey and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez have all pulled closer to national team scoring records in this tournament. Chicharito, however, just had his momentum halted.
In the last quarterfinal of this Copa America, El Tri took on the defending champion Chile and got taken down 7-0. It was an epic rout. La Roja started slow, scoring in the 16th and 44th minutes to go into halftime with a 2-0 lead. Twelve minutes into the second half, it was 5-0. The sixth came in the 74th minute. The last arrived just before the final whistle, in the 87th minute.
Edson Puch opened and closed the scoring. In between, Alexis Sanchez picked up a goal and two assists; Eduardo Vargas helped himself to four goals.
You could tell after the third goal went in that Mexico had given up the fight. All night long you were wondering if this was going to be another seven-goal game on American soil to make headlines around the world. It was and right now you can almost hear the panic advancing on Mexico City.
Which reminds me about what happened almost a full month ago at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, May 21st in Major League Soccer: the New York Red Bulls put in seven at the big ballpark in the Bronx.
You remember the opening goal by Dax McCarty, followed by Bradley Wright-Phillips with a quick header three minutes before first half stoppage time began - and then the bicycle kick that plinks the inside of the far post for the BWP brace before halftime.
McCarty netted his second six minutes into the start of the second half, and then the substitutes - Alex Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Baah - piled on. And we had our first 7-0 of the summer.
I am wondering if we are going to get another Jim Ross broadcast with these goals by Chile.
Over all this was another fun night for the 2016 summer of soccer. Incidentally, Fox Sports soccer commentator John Strong has just finished his second 7-0 game of the season. He's having a fun summer, and so are we. Less so El Tri and NYCFC fans