Fulham have confirmed this morning that Carlos Salcido has signed for Tigres de la UANL on a permanent basis following a successful loan spell.
The Mexican full-back made 26 appearances for the club after signing for £1.6m from PSV Eindhoven in August 2010.
Mexico won their second successive Gold Cup last night, coming back from 2-0 to beat the USA 4-2 in the final.
The Americans looked well in control in the early stages and stormed into an early two-goal lead. Michael Bradley put them ahead with an eighth minute header from Freddy Adu’s corner and Landon Donovan, teed up by Clint Dempsey, made it two midway through the first half. But Pablo Barrera put Mexico back in the game six minutes later with a crisp finish from the edge of the area and Andres Guardado equalised in the 36th minute, reacting quickest after Giovani Dos Santos’ shot deflected off Eric Lichaj and left Tim Howard, who had not conceded a goal in 351 minutes prior to Barrera’s strike, stranded.
Barrera scored against just after the break – and after the Americans spurned a couple of good chances to equalise – Dos Santos sealed the victory with an impudent chip. The bad news for Fulham was that Carlos Salcido, having been passed fit for the final, had to go off injured during the first half. The defender was still in a buoyant mood afterwards, however:
It was a beautiful final and luckily we were able to finish it off with a victory. We wanted it. We’d been working hard for it all tournament long, and how great that we reached our goal in the end.
Carlos Salcido says that Mexico and the United States are so well-matched that there isn’t a clear favourite ahead of Saturday’s Gold Cup final.
No, I don’t think so. The U.S. is a great team, very compact with great players. They haven’t been playing as well as I think their fans are used to seeing them play, but this is a final we’re talking about. We know how complex it is to play against them. I just hope Saturday’s a great day for Mexico.
You go through the different stages and teams get tougher. They’re not willing to give you anything, so the games get tougher. But I think the team’s been getting better as we go on, too.
The Mexican left-back hopes to fit to face his Fulham team-mate Clint Dempsey in the final desperate being forced off early in the semi-final victory over Honduras with a foot injury.
I’ll try to be there. If I have to be on the bench I’ll do my best to support the team either way.
Jason’s already written about the prospect of two Fulham team-mates lining up on opposing sides for tomorrow’s Gold Cup final, but I thought I’d add these quotes from the two men involved.
Clint Dempsey’s really established himself as one of the key players for both club and country over the past couple of years and had a key role in the USA’s semi-final success over Panama. Dempsey was particularly modest about his goal:
It was a great ball from Freddy [Adu] to open up Landon [Donovan]. Once Landon gets in those positions, he normally finds a player. All I had to do was try to put myself in a position that he could find me. I felt far post was the way to go. He hit it hard and low, and all I had to do was put my foot on it. That’s why after the goal I tried to go and celebrate with him, because without that pass there was no goal.
It was a frustrating match in the sense that it was real tight. We found it difficult trying to get the ball in between lines. They were a very organised team. That’s why they are in the semi-finals. I think we showed our quality in being able to grind out a result even when it wasn’t our best game, and now we find ourselves in the final.
Carlos Salcido has had a quieter tournament for Mexico and will need to pass a fitness test on his injured heel to take part in the final.
I have some pain in the heel. I have an issue there since the last two games. It has something to do with the training surfaces being too hard. This field was also hard. It began to hurt a lot. They gave me a substance to reduce the pain prior to the game but it didn’t work that well.
Further to the rejection of Monterrey’s offer, MSN Football carries these quotes from Carlos Salcido – indicating that he’s likely to stay with Fulham for the moment.
In January, I had been very near to returning to Chivas. Everyone knows that I support Chivas but in this moment the only thing that I want is to be with my family.
I am not looking for a team. I did that in January but it couldn’t happen. In this moment I don’t know about anything.