US Soccer's Gold Cup Chances Improve After Five Mexican Players Test Positive For PEDs

Decio de María Serrano, the secretary general of Mexican soccer, announced today that five players on the Mexican national soccer team currently poised to dominate the Gold Cup tested positive for a substance called Clenbuterol, which is the same drug that Alberto Contador tested positive for at last year's Tour de France and which, according to the FDA can be "illegally used to gain competitive advantage in some show animals such as calves, lambs, and swine." Hmmm.

The players caught up in the Clenbuterol sweep are Antonio Naelson "Sinha", Francisco "Maza" Rodríguez, Edgar Dueñas, Christian "Hobbit" Bermúdez, and Guillermo Ochoa, the starting goalkeeper. They've all been "removed" from the team. The excuse being offered up for the positive test is that the players ate some tainted beef or chicken around the time of the May 21 test. Clenbuterol tacos, was it?

Five Mexican Gold Cup players removed after failed drug tests
[Soccer By Ives]