Chepo: I chose the players

The Mexico boss fended off questions about his job security after El Tri's loss to Panama in the Gold Cup semifinal.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre's Mexico side came up short Wednesday night, dropping a 2-1 result to Panama in the semifinal of the Gold Cup and putting the manager squarely on the hotseat, if he wasn't there already.

As usual, Chepo handeled the speculation about his job with class after the match, fending off questions about his saftey as Mexico boss.

"Me and the national team, I have a contract for the whole [World Cup] process, and that hasn’t ended," he said. "The people who hired me are the one to decide on that situation."

De la Torre also admitted that the team failed in its objective to win the Gold Cup, but that the bigger prize is still on the table.

"The team has never put their heads down, they’ve always looked to work hard. Yes, we’ve tripped here and there, and of course we want to meet our objectives," he said. "And in the end the objective is to get to the World Cup."

Despite the constant speculation about his job, De la Torre took responsibility for Mexico crashing out.

"At the end of the day the responsibility in on myself, because I’m the one who chose the players," he said.