Cuauhtémoc Blanco scored two goals in an MLS game on Thursday, and by Friday afternoon was in Mexico City to report for international duty.Less than 24 hours after scoring two goals for the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer, Cuauhtémoc Blanco reported for duty with the Mexican national team.
Blanco led Chicago back from a late deficit against Chivas USA on Thursday and helped the Fire win 3-2 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Many have expected the same sort of output with the national team. After all, he's done it before. Blanco scored four goals in Mexico's last four World Cup qualifying matches to help El Tricolor overcome a difficult situation and led the team to the 2002 World Cup.
This time around, though, Blanco said it will be more than just one player who will carry the team.
"We're all going to work," Blanco said upon arriving in Mexico City. "I am not the savior. We all have to fight and earn our ticket to the World Cup."
Blanco's first opportunity to do his part will be on June 6 when Mexico visit El Salvador. Mexico will also host Trinidad & Tobago on June 10. When asked if Mexico would reach the World Cup now that Javier Aguirre has taken over the national team, the Chicago Fire standout reiterated his belief in teamwork.
"We all have to battle for the World Cup," Blanco said. "For certain, Mexico will be in the World Cup."
Blanco's return has been well received by the majority of supporters, as was evident during Thursday's game in Carson. Blanco drew loud cheers and ovations throughout the game against Chivas USA.
"I'm very happy and grateful with our fans," Blanco said. "I'm excited to return and I hope to things the right way."
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