Portsmouth on alert after Sven's Mexico crash to defeat in the United States

12 February 2009 11:26

target Sven Goran Eriksson is on the brink of losing his job as Mexico coach after his side were beaten 2-0 by the United States in a World Cup qualifier last night.

Mexico are lining up former Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre to succeed the former England and Manchester City

manager after the defeat in Ohio.

Aguirre was in charge of Mexico from 2001 to 2002 and is a popular figure in the country.

Under-fire: Mexico head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson could be heading to Portsmouth

The media and fans believe a Mexican should be the national coach and the pressure is mounting on Eriksson after three defeats in the last four qualifying matches.

Eriksson said: 'Football is a big sport and, face it, sometimes it's not a friend of patience. But I'm optimistic because I think we have a good team. We have to score goals - that's our biggest problem.'

Eriksson's future will be decided by a meeting of the presidents of Mexico's first division clubs but with five defeats in 10 games since taking charge last June the Swede seems set to be available to take over at Portsmouth.

Handbags: The referee attempts to restore order as USA and Mexico players clash in Ohio

Getting stuck in: USA's Landon Donavan (left) battles for the ball with Mexico's Aaron Galindo

As the players left the Columbus Crew stadium at the end of the match fists flew in the tunnel.

'There were some emotions,' said USA coach Bob Bradley. 'It got taken care of very quickly.'

Michael Bradley scored twice to leave the USA undefeated at home against El Tri since 1999.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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