The Mexican Soccer Federation announced Monday that it has replaced Argentina’s Diego Cocca as coach of the national team after a humiliating 3-0 loss to the United States.

The federation said that Jaime Lozano will occupy the first place. Lozano previously coached the national team and led it to a bronze medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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Mexico’s coach Diego Cocca looks on before a friendly soccer match against Cameroon on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cocca had only been named head of the national team in February, and in his short stint in Mexico he compiled a record of 3 wins, 3 draws and one loss.

But criticism of his leadership arose, and the grievance came to a head Thursday when the US team defeated Mexico in the semifinals of the Nations Cup, a CONCACAF tournament.

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Diego Cocca reacts

Mexico’s coach Diego Cocca reacts during the second half of a friendly soccer match against Cameroon, Saturday, June 10, 2023, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

«You can lose to the United States, because that’s how soccer is,» said the head of the Mexican Soccer Federation, Juan Carlos Rodríguez. «What is unacceptable is the way victory was ruled out from the start because of logistical decisions that split the group.»

Several Mexican players had complained about long drives to pregame practice sessions in Las Vegas.

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Diego Cocca gestures towards the field

Mexico’s coach Diego Cocca gestures during the first half of a friendly soccer match against Cameroon on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cocca himself was appointed after a humiliating exit from Mexico in the first round of the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, the worst performance of the team since the World Cup in Argentina in 1978.

After the loss to the USA, Mexico bounced back on Sunday to defeat Panama 1-0 and earn third place in the Nations Cup. But the normally enthusiastic Mexican fans seemed to abandon the team, which played to a half-full stadium.