Posted on September 12, 2012
MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s gold-medal winning team was honored by CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb during a ceremony prior to the World Cup qualifying match between Mexico and Costa Rica at Azteca Stadium on Tuesday night.
“I am honored to share our pride for the outstanding Olympic performance displayed by the Mexican team,” Webb said. “It is a privilege for me to assist in the unfolding of a new era of great Mexican football, as it is our goal to continue promoting the sport and cultivating the development of talent that inspires true passion for football by fostering excellence in the game.”
Joined by CONCACAF general secretary Enrique Sanz, Mexican Olympic coach Luis Fernando Tena, Mexican Football Federation National Team director Hector Gonzalez Iñarritu and gold medalists Raul Jimenez and Diego Reyes, Webb confirmed their commitment to supporting Mexico on its quest for greater development and achievements.
“This gold medal showcases the level of excellence in competition and the unquestionable aptitude that is emerging from this region,” Webb said.
El Tri defeated favored Brazil in the gold-medal match at Wembley Stadium on Aug. 11.
In addition to Mexico’s gold, the United States and Canada captured gold and bronze in women’s soccer, respectively, making CONCACAF the first confederation in history to win the gold medal in the men’s and women’s tournament in the same Olympic Games. With Honduras’ finish, CONCACAF became the first region to have all four of its representatives reach the quarterfinals.
“After this unprecedented success for our region, I can solely reiterate my sincere wish to collaborate on our common goals towards development,” Webb said.
Webb will honor the United States and Canada during an award ceremony in the coming weeks.
Photo: Jeffrey Webb was in Mexico City to help honor the Mexicans’ gold-medal winning Olympic team. Photo courtesy of CONCACAF
Categories: Canada, Honduras, Mexico, North America, Olympic Qualifying, U.S.A.
Tags: 2012 London Olympics, CONCACAF, Diego Reyes, Enrique Sanz, Hector Gonzalez Iñarritu, Jeffrey Webb, Luis Fernando Tena, Raul Jimenez