Mexico women's national football team

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Mexico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) El Tricolor (The Tricolor)
Association Federación Mexicana de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)
Sub-confederation NAFU (North America)
Head coach Vacant
Captain Nayeli Rangel
Most caps Maribel Dominguez (112)
Top scorer Maribel Domínguez (79)
FIFA code MEX
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 26 Steady (25 March 2016)
Highest 21 (January 2011)
Lowest 31 (December 2002)
First international
 Mexico 9–0 Austria 
(Jesolo, Italy; 6 July 1970)
Biggest win
 Mexico 12–2 Malta 
(Bristol, England; 28 June 1997)
 Martinique 0–10 Mexico
(Bridgeview, United States; 18 October 2014)
Biggest defeat
 United States 12–0 Mexico 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1999)
Best result Group Stage (1999, 2011, 2015)
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1991)
Best result Runners-up Silver medal icon.svg : (1998), (2010)

The Mexico women's national football team (sometimes referred to as Las Tri) represents Mexico in international women's football competition and is controlled by La Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (Mexico Football Federation).[1] In the 1970s, the team gained popularity, with Mexico finishing 3rd in an unofficial Women's World Cup held in Italy. Also, in 1971, the team hosted an unofficial women's World Cup reaching the final, only to lose to Denmark 3–0. An estimated 110,000 people attended the final at Estadio Azteca that day.[2] The team was formed before the 1999 Women's World Cup and was composed of players having citizenship of Mexico and descedents born elsewhere of Mexico's citizens. The main goal for the team was to qualify for their first World Cup. The team has since then developed and is now ranked 25th in the Women's FIFA World Ranking.[3] One disadvantage of the team as compared to all other teams is that they have had for the past 14 years, one coach, Leonardo Cuéllar; rare in the world of a national team from Mexico.[4] Another resurgence in popularity is developing, as the U-20 team competed in the quarter-finals in 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and a notable 1–0 win over England where the game was broadcast live. The team was the host for the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, finishing in second place after an unexpected 2–1 victory over the United States. Mexico has a professional league, the Super Liga Femenil de Futbol, which was established in part to raise consciousness of women's football in Mexico.

History[edit]

The first official coach for the Mexico women's national football team was Leonardo Cuéllar. One of his main goals when first establishing the team was to qualify for the 1999 Women's World Cup.[4] The team accomplished this by placing second to the Canadian team in the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship. After finding a coach to begin the team, controversy soon began regarding the nationality of the players being recruited. Many people in Mexico argued that Mexican-American girls should not be allowed to play on the team because they were taking spots away from full citizens. The team captain, Andrea Rodebaugh, argued that the team's main goal was to qualify and said that to them it did not matter who was on the team as long as the team was formed.[5] The national team was formed despite the controversy and consisted of players holding Mexican citizenship as well as players from the United States. Initially the language disparity between the Spanish-speaking Mexicans and English-speaking Americans created a lack of cohesion in the team, but the teammates began teaching each other their respective languages.

In recent years, an increase in young talent developing in Mexico brought an increase of expectations from Mexican football fans and media alike. Following their worst ever World Cup finish in 2015, fans began calling for Cuellar's resignation or firing. In 2016, the women's national football team failed to qualify for the Olympics, and lost to Costa Rica which was the turning point in the teams history since many thought the defeat resulted in Mexico becoming the fourth best team in CONCACAF. With these results and Leonardo Cuellar's controversial decision to not bring Charlyn Corral and Kenti Robles, whom had terrific seasons at their clubs in Spain, onto the squad led to him resigning from his position. The Mexican Federation is still trying to find a successor to Leonardo Cuellar, who was the only coach of the team for 18 years.[6]

Kit[edit]

The Mexico national team utilizes a tricolour system, composed of the colors green, white and red. The team's three colors originated from Mexico's national flag, known as the tricolor. The kit being used 2011–2012 is a green jersey for home and a black with gold jersey for away. Sewn on the inside collar of both jerseys is the Mexican saying somos guerreros meaning "we are warriors".[citation needed]

Schedule and Recent Results[edit]

The following is a list of matches played or games scheduled from February 2015:

Date Competition Location Opponent Result
5 February 2015 Friendly Centro de Alto Rendimiento, Mexico City  Ecuador 1–0
7 February 2015 Friendly Centro de Alto Rendimiento, Mexico City  Ecuador 2–0
4 March 2015 Cyprus Cup - Group Stage Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni  South Africa 2–0
6 March 2015 Cyprus Cup - Group Stage Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni  Czech Republic 1–0
9 March 2015 Cyprus Cup - Group Stage Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni  Belgium 0–0
11 March 2015 Cyprus Cup - Third place match GSZ Stadium, Larnaca  Italy 3–2
14 May 2015 Friendly Santa Monica Airport Park, Santa Monica  Canada 0–1
17 May 2015 Friendly StubHub Center, Carson  United States 1–5
25 May 2015 Friendly Centro de Alto Rendimiento, Mexico City  Costa Rica 2–1
28 May 2015 Friendly Centro de Alto Rendimiento, Mexico City  Costa Rica 3–0
9 June 2015 World Cup - Group Stage Moncton Stadium, Moncton  Colombia 1–1
13 June 2015 World Cup - Group Stage Moncton Stadium, Moncton  England 1–2
17 June 2015 World Cup - Group Stage Lansdowne Stadium, Ottawa  France 0–5
11 July 2015 2015 Pan American Games CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium, Hamilton  Colombia 0–1
14 July 2015 2015 Pan American Games CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium, Hamilton  Argentina 3–1
18 July 2015 2015 Pan American Games CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium, Hamilton  Trinidad and Tobago 3-1
22 July 2015 2015 Pan American Games - Semifinals CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium, Hamilton  Brazil 2-4
24 July 2015 2015 Pan American Games - Third place match CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium, Hamilton  Canada 2-0
9 December 2015 2015 International Tournament of Natal Arena das Dunas, Natal  Canada 0-3
13 December 2015 2015 International Tournament of Natal Arena das Dunas, Natal  Brazil 0-6
16 December 2015 2015 International Tournament of Natal Arena das Dunas, Natal  Trinidad and Tobago 3-0
20 December 2015 2015 International Tournament of Natal - Third place match Arena das Dunas, Natal  Trinidad and Tobago 2-1
21 January 2016 Four Nations Tournament Shenzhen Stadium, Shenzhen  China PR 0-0
23 January 2016 Four Nations Tournament Shenzhen Stadium, Shenzhen  South Korea 2-0
26 January 2016 Four Nations Tournament Shenzhen Stadium, Shenzhen  Vietnam 1-0
10 February 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Toyota Stadium, Frisco  Puerto Rico 6-0
13 February 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Toyota Stadium, Frisco  United States 0-1
15 February 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Toyota Stadium, Frisco  Costa Rica 1-2

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[7]

Head coach: Leonardo Cuéllar

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Cecilia Santiago (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 21) 44 0 Iceland Þór/KA
2 2DF Kenti Robles (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 25) 45 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
3 2DF Christina Murillo (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 23) 26 1 United States Motor City FC
4 2DF Alina Garciamendez (1991-04-16) 16 April 1991 (age 25) 52 3 Unattached
5 2DF Valeria Miranda (1992-08-18) 18 August 1992 (age 23) 17 0 Mexico UNAM
6 3MF Jennifer Ruiz (1983-08-09) 9 August 1983 (age 32) 36 4 Unattached
7 3MF Nayeli Rangel (c) (1992-02-28) 28 February 1992 (age 24) 73 7 Unattached
8 3MF Teresa Noyola (1990-04-15) 15 April 1990 (age 26) 41 3 United States Tottenham Hotspur East Bay
9 4FW Charlyn Corral (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 24) 33 18 Spain Levante
10 3MF Stephany Mayor (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 24) 55 10 Iceland Þór/KA
11 3MF Mónica Ocampo (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 (age 29) 78 14 Unattached
12 1GK Pamela Tajonar (1984-12-02) 2 December 1984 (age 31) 38 0 Spain Sevilla
13 2DF Greta Espinoza (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 21) 13 0 United States Oregon State Univ.
14 2DF Arianna Romero (1992-07-29) 29 July 1992 (age 23) 32 1 Iceland ÍBV
15 2DF Bianca Sierra (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 24) 31 0 Norway Arna-Bjørnar
16 3MF Mónica Alvarado (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 25) 21 0 United States FC Dallas
17 3MF Verónica Pérez (1988-05-18) 18 May 1988 (age 28) 79 9 Sweden KIF Örebro DFF
18 3MF Amanda Pérez (1994-07-31) 31 July 1994 (age 21) 5 0 United States Univ. of Washington
19 4FW Renae Cuéllar (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 26) 31 7 South Korea Hwacheon KSPO WFC
20 3MF Maria Sánchez (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 20) 3 0 United States Idaho State Univ.
21 4FW Anisa Guajardo (1991-03-10)10 March 1991 (aged 24) 13 4 Australia Melbourne City
22 3MF Fabiola Ibarra (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 22) 6 1 United States Michigan Chill SC
23 1GK Emily Alvarado (1998-06-09) 9 June 1998 (age 18) 0 0 United States Texas Rush

Recent call-ups[edit]

List of players called up to the squad in the last 12 months [8] [9] [10] [11]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Bianca Henninger (1990-10-22) October 22, 1990 (age 25) 0 0 United States Houston Dash 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
GK Esthefanny Barreras (1996-11-02) November 2, 1996 (age 19) 0 0 United States Eastern Florida State College 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
GK Alejandra Gutiérrez (1994-07-02) July 2, 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Unattached 2015 International Tournament of Natal

DF Janelly Farías (1990-02-12) February 12, 1990 (age 26) 4 0 United States San Diego WFC SeaLions 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
DF Mónica Flores (1996-01-31) January 31, 1996 (age 20) 4 0 United States University of Notre Dame 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
DF Annia Mejía (1996-03-12) March 12, 1996 (age 20) 1 0 United States University of California 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
DF Marlene Sandoval (1984-01-18) January 18, 1984 (age 32) 85 5 Unattached 2015 International Tournament of Natal
DF Mariel Gutiérrez (1994-08-06) August 6, 1994 (age 21) 4 0 United States University of Georgia 2015 International Tournament of Natal
DF Guadalupe Cruzaley (1995-02-30) February 30, 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Unattached 2015 International Tournament of Natal

MF Karla Nieto (1995-01-09) January 9, 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Mexico Leonas Morelos 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
MF Natalia Gómez Junco (1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Iceland Þór/KA 2016 Four Nations Tournament
MF Esmeralda Verdugo (1994-01-01) January 1, 1994 (age 22) 0 0 United States Cerritos College 2015 International Tournament of Natal
MF Nancy Antonio (1996-04-02) April 2, 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Mexico MacroSoccer 2015 Pan American Games

FW Maribel Domínguez (1978-11-18) November 18, 1978 (age 37) 112 79 Unattached 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
FW Tanya Samarzich (1994-12-28) December 28, 1994 (age 21) 11 1 United States University of Kentucky 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
FW Katlyn Johnson (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 (age 21) 2 1 United States University of Southern California 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
FW Desirée Monsiváis (1988-01-17) January 17, 1988 (age 28) 1 0 Kazakhstan BIIK Kazygurt 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
FW Paloma Zermeño (1995-06-19) June 19, 1995 (age 21) 1 0 United States City College of San Francisco 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
FW Ariana Calderón (1990-05-12) May 12, 1990 (age 26) 6 1 United States California Storm 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA
China 1991 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 1 15
United States 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Group stage 11th 3 0 2 1 3 7
Canada 2015 Group stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 2 8
Total 3/7 9 0 3 6 6 30
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympics[edit]

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA
United States 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Australia 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Greece 2004 Quarter-finals 8th 3 0 1 2 1 8
China 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 2016 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total - 1/6 3 0 1 2 1 8

CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup[edit]

Year Round MP W D* L GF GA
Haiti 1991 Group stage 3 1 0 2 9 16
United States 1993 Did not enter - - - - - -
Canada 1994 Third place 4 1 1 2 6 19
Canada 1998 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 20 6
United States 2000 Group stage 3 1 0 2 10 7
United StatesCanada 2002 Third place 5 3 0 2 11 7
United States 2006 Third place 3 2 0 1 6 2
Mexico 2010 Runners-up 5 3 0 2 11 7
United States 2014 Third place 5 3 0 2 17 7
Total - 33 17 2 14 90 71
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan American Games[edit]

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA
Canada 1999 Final 2nd 6 3 1 2 15 9
Dominican Republic 2003 Semi-finals 3rd 4 3 0 1 10 5
Brazil 2007 Semi-finals 4th 5 3 0 2 6 1
Mexico 2011 Semi-finals 3rd 5 2 2 1 3 2
Canada 2015 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 0 2 10 7
Total - 5/5 25 14 3 8 54 24

U-20 World Cup[edit]

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA Pts
Canada 2002 Group Stage 11th 3 0 0 3 5 10 0
Thailand 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - - -
Russia 2006 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 5 15 3
Chile 2008 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 12 0
Germany 2010 Quarter finals 6th 4 1 2 1 6 7 5
Japan 2012 Quarter finals 7th 4 2 0 2 7 5 6
Canada 2014 Group Stage 13th 3 0 2 1 3 4 2
Papua New Guinea 2016 Qualified - - - - - - - -
Total - 7/8 20 4 4 12 23 53


U-17 World Cup[edit]

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA Pts
New Zealand 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - - - -
Trinidad and Tobago 2010 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 5 13 3
Azerbaijan 2012 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 1 10 3
Costa Rica 2014 Quarter Finals 7th 4 2 0 2 8 5 6
Jordan 2016 Qualified - - - - - - - -
Total - 4/5 10 4 0 14 28 12

Overall official record[edit]

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Scorers
Haiti 1991 CONCACAF Tournament First stage 0–12 United States United States
1–3 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
8–1 Martinique Martinique 3 / 4
Canada 1994 CONCACAF Tournament Round robin stage 0–9 United States United States
0–6 Canada Canada
3–1 Jamaica Jamaica
3–3 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 3 / 5
Canada 1998 CONCACAF Tournament First stage 3–2 Costa Rica Costa Rica
7–1 Haiti Haiti
2–2 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 1 / 4
Semifinals 8–0 Guatemala Guatemala
Final 0–1 Canada Canada
United States 1999 World Cup First stage 1–7 Brazil Brazil Domínguez
0–6 Germany Germany
0–2 Italy Italy 4 / 4
Canada 1999 Pan American Games First stage 1–1 United States United States
2–3 Canada Canada
5–1 Costa Rica Costa Rica
5–1 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 3 / 5
Semifinals 2–2 (PSO: 5–3) Canada Canada
Final 0–1 United States United States
United States 2000 Gold Cup First stage 3–4 Canada Canada Domínguez 2, Mora
7–0 Guatemala Guatemala Mora 4, Domínguez 3
0–3 China China 3 / 4
United States 2002 Gold Cup First stage 0–3 United States United States
5–1 Panama Panama Gómez 2, Domínguez, Leyva, Sandoval
2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2 / 4 Gerardo 2
Semifinals 0–2 Canada Canada
Third place match 4–1 Costa Rica Costa Rica Domínguez 2, González, Mora
Dominican Republic 2003 Pan American Games First stage 1–0 Costa Rica Costa Rica Worbis
3–1 Argentina Argentina Mora, Rosales, Worbis
Semifinals 2–3 Canada Canada Leyva, Mora
Third place match 4–1 Argentina Argentina Leyva, Mora, Moreno, Rosales
Greece 2004 Summer Olympics First stage 1–1 China China Domínguez
0–2 Germany Germany 2 / 3
Quarterfinals 0–5 Brazil Brazil
United States 2006 Gold Cup First round 3–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Domínguez, González, P. Pérez
Semifinals 0–2 United States United States
Third place match 3–0 Jamaica Jamaica Ocampo 2, Domínguez
2007 World Cup qualification AFC-CONCACAF play-off 0–2 2–1 Japan Japan Domínguez, Leyva
Brazil 2007 Pan American Games First stage 5–0 Paraguay Paraguay Corral 2, Ocampo 2, Valdez
0–1 Argentina Argentina
2–0 Panama Panama Worbis
3–2 United States United States López 2, Worbis
Semifinals 0–2 Brazil Brazil
Third place match 1–2 Canada Canada Worbis
2008 Summer Olympics qualification First stage 8–1 Jamaica Jamaica López 4, Morales 2, Ocampo, Worbis
1–3 United States United States 2 / 3 Worbis
Semifinals 0–1 Canada Canada
Mexico 2010 Gold Cup First stage 7–2 Guyana Guyana Domínguez 4, Garza, Worbis
2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Domínguez, López
0–3 Canada Canada 2 / 4
Semifinals 2–1 United States United States Domínguez, V. Pérez
Final 0–1 Canada Canada
Germany 2011 World Cup First stage 1–1 England England Ocampo
0–4 Japan Japan
2–2 New Zealand New Zealand 3 / 4 Domínguez, Mayor
Mexico 2011 Pan American Games First stage 0–0 Chile Chile
1–1 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Domínguez
1–0 Colombia Colombia 2 / 4 V. Pérez
Semifinals 0–1 Brazil Brazil
Third place match 1–0 Colombia Colombia Ruiz
2012 Summer Olympics qualification First stage 5–0 Guatemala Guatemala Domínguez 3, Diaz, Garza
7–0 Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Guajardo 3, Diaz, Ruiz, Saucedo
0–4 United States United States 2 / 4
Semifinals 1–3 Canada Canada V. Pérez
Canada 2015 World Cup First stage 1–1 Colombia Colombia V. Pérez
1–2 England England Ibarra
0-5 France France 4 / 4
Canada 2015 Pan American Games First stage 0–1 Colombia Colombia
3–1 Argentina Argentina Noyola, Rangel, Ruiz
3-1 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2 / 4 Mayor 2, Ocampo
Semifinals 2-4 Brazil Brazil Romero, Rangel
Third place match 2-0 Canada Canada Ocampo, Mayor
2016 Summer Olympics qualification First stage 6-0 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Domínguez 3, Garciamendez, Rangel, Johnson
0-1 United States United States
1-2 Costa Rica Costa Rica 3 / 4 Domínguez

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