Poor result not referee’s fault, says Salcido

The Mexican midfielder refused to place all the blame for Mexico's 0-0 draw against the USA on the shoulders of the referee.

MEXICO CITY -- It was a frustrating night for Mexico as it drew a blank in Tuesday evening’s 0-0 tie against the United States, but midfielder Carlos Salcido refused to lay the blame at the feet of the referee.

“The officials make two or three mistakes and as a soccer players we also make mistakes and nothing happens,” the Tigres man told the press after the game. “If you have plays at goal and you put the ball in (the net), you don’t need to be complaining about the referee.”

Mexico had a penalty shout in the 13th when Javier Hernandez went down inside the box in an off-the-ball incident with Michael Bradley. Then in the 76th, Mexico players surrounded the referee as Javier Aquino was brought down under a heavy challenge by Maurice Edu, with replays showing little contact with the ball.

Salcido admitted that nobody in the Mexico camp thought El Tri would be on just three points from its first three games in the hexagonal phase of qualifying, but that the team isn’t in bad shape.

He added: “It was shameful against Jamaica … Against Honduras the game was different and today the team played very well. I think it was the best we’ve played in qualifying and we just need to take the three points.”

The former PSV player added that finishing chances was where Mexico fell short on Tuesday.

“We played against a team that we knew was going to allow us very little space and that if we got a chance we had to take advantage to get confidence,” he stated.

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