Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Padilla regrets choice?

Thomas Rongen invited Jesus Padilla to join the U.S. U20 national team just prior to the Youth World Cup in Canada, but Padilla turned him down. Most club teams would be happy to have a player involved in competition against the world's top teams, but Chivas apparently made it clear to Padilla that they would be very unhappy with him if he agreed.

The U20 World Cup is a great showcase though - Adu parlayed a good stint there to a contract abroad. I wondered at the time if Padilla might regret turning down the offer. According to Rongen, he already has.

He’s a part of Chivas Guadalajara, where he’s not happy right now and feels he might have made some bad choices and allowed the pressure from Chivas to get to him. He very much wants to represent his country. This is after the World Cup, so he realized the importance and expressed to me that he’d eventually like to play for the U.S., and he’d also like to make a move to MLS sooner rather than later, since he feels that he’s not getting a fair shake at Chivas Guadalajara. His is a very unique case, because he would have played for me in any game, leading up to the World Cup, but Chivas has that rule that only true Mexicans can play for them and they pretty much told him, “If you go represent the United States, you’re not welcome back here, because you won’t be a true Mexican player.” So they put strings on him. That was tough for him and he chose to stay with his club, but I think he’s ready to move now.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

How controversial, if the Mexican media get ahold of this sh*t will hit the fan...If he returns I hope he goes back to Chivas USA...But seriously, sometimes being a Mexican - American stirs up all kinds of mixed emotions in your heart.. There's a saying in Spanish "La patria duele", so I understand the kid.

Uncle Sam said...

Come back, Mr. Padilla!! Your country needs you!

sys said...

I call shens. Is there another site with that rongen quote?

A.C. said...

No. You don't have to believe it. I mean, if Luis and I broke the story, and we called Rongen for an interview to get comments about Padilla, it really doesn't make sense that a bunch of other reporters don't have that quote. If you have other sites you trust so much more, go there.

papa bear said...

Good for us. Chivas' rule seems pretty arcane to me, whatever though. Their fans seem OK with it for some reason.
From what I've seen of him he looks like a decent player. I hope he does dump that whole mess and play for the US.

Anonymous said...

can someone imagine if a club in the US had a policy like that? they would be labeled xenophobic and racist in every media outlet in America.

Anonymous said...

the rest of us believe you. I think sys must have you guys confused with the MLS Rumors blog or something.