Mexico Coach Quits After WC Loss

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 04: Coach Javier Aguirre of Atletico Madrid looks pensive during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou Stadium on October 4, 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

    Javier Aguirre has quit as Mexico coach, three days after the national team was knocked out of the World Cup in a 3-1 loss to Argentina in the round of 16.

    It marked the fifth straight time that Mexico has been eliminated in the second round of the World Cup.

    Aguirre said on Wednesday that he was "the person responsible" for the loss.

    Mexico has only twice reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup -- in 1970 and 1986, when it hosted the event.

    Aguirre made the announcement at a packed news conference in Mexico City. The Mexico-born Aguirre was appointed 15 months ago for a second stint as Mexico coach. He also coached the team in the 2002 World Cup, but was replaced after Mexico was eliminated by the United States.