Mexico women's national football team

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Mexico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)El Tri (The Tri)
El Tricolor (The Tricolor)
AssociationFederación Mexicana de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)
Sub-confederationNAFU (North America)
Head coachChristopher Cuéllar
CaptainNayeli Rangel
Most capsMaribel Dominguez (112)
Top scorerMaribel Domínguez (79)
FIFA codeMEX
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 27 Decrease 3 (7 December 2018)[1]
Highest21 (January 2011)
Lowest31 (December 2002)
First international
 Mexico 9–0 Austria 
(Jesolo, Italy; 6 July 1970)
Biggest win
 Mexico 12–0 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
Appearances3 (first in 1999)
Best resultGroup Stage (1999, 2011, 2015)
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1991)
Best resultRunners-up Silver medal icon.svg : (1998), (2010)

The Mexico women's national football team (sometimes referred to as Las Tri) is governed by La Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (Mexico Football Federation).[2]

In the 1970s, Mexico finished third 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.[3] The team was formed before the 1999 Women's World Cup and was composed of players having citizenship of Mexico and descendants 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 26th in the Women's FIFA World Ranking.[4] One distinction of the team as compared to other teams is that they have had for 14 years, one coach, Leonardo Cuéllar; rare in the world of a national team from Mexico.[5] 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 Liga MX Femenil, which was established in part to raise the 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[citation needed]

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's Primera División, onto the squad[7] led to him resigning from his position in April 2016.[8] Roberto Medina became the head coach in 2017.[9]

In 2018 Mexico won the Central American and Caribbean Games by defeating Costa Rica 3-1 in the final.[10]

At the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship Mexico entered as the third highest ranked team behind the United States and Canada. At the tournament Mexico finished third in their group with a record of one win and two losses, which included a surprising 2-0 loss to Panama. As a result of not advancing to the knockout round, Mexico was unable to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.[11]

Kit[edit]

The Mexico national team utilizes a tricolour system, composed of the colors green, red and white. 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]

Recent results[edit]

2018[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called-up for the 2019 Cyprus Women's Cup.[13]

Caps and goals as 10 October 2018, after the match against  Panama.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Cecilia Santiago (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 24) 54 0 Mexico América
1GK Alejandría Godínez (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Mexico Pachuca

2DF Kenti Robles (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 28) 57 3 Spain Atlético Madrid
2DF Bianca Sierra (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 26) 42 0 Iceland Þór/KA
2DF Arianna Romero (1992-07-29) 29 July 1992 (age 26) 36 1 Iceland Valur
2DF Rebeca Bernal (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 21) 7 0 Mexico Monterrey
2DF Jimena López (1999-01-30) 30 January 1999 (age 20) 0 0 United States Texas A&M Aggies
2DF Kimberly Rodriguez (1999-03-26) 26 March 1999 (age 19) 0 0 United States Oklahoma State Cowgirls

3MF Mónica Ocampo (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 (age 32) 87 17 Mexico Pachuca
3MF Nayeli Rangel (1992-02-28) 28 February 1992 (age 26) 81 7 Mexico UANL
3MF Stephany Mayor (captain) (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 27) 66 11 Iceland Þór/KA
3MF Karla Nieto (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 24) 14 0 Mexico Pachuca
3MF Lizbeth Ovalle (1999-10-19) 19 October 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Mexico UANL
3MF Alexia Delgado (1999-12-09) 9 December 1999 (age 19) 0 0 United States Arizona State Sun Devils
3MF Daniela Espinosa (1999-07-13) 13 July 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Mexico América
3MF Joana Robles (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Mexico Atlas

4FW Charlyn Corral (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 27) 45 24 Spain Levante
4FW Kiana Palacios (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 22) 7 1 Spain Real Sociedad
4FW Adriana Iturbide (1993-03-27) 27 March 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Mexico Atlas
4FW Katty Martínez (1998-03-14) 14 March 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Mexico UANL

Recent call-ups[edit]

These players were called up to the squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Itzel González (1994-08-14) 14 August 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Mexico Tijuana training sessions from 14–22 January 2019
GK Bianca Henninger (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 28) 7 0 United States Houston Dash 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
GK Pamela Tajonar (1984-12-02) 2 December 1984 (age 34) 39 0 Spain Barcelona 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
GK Blanca Félix (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara February 2018 PRE

DF Dirce Delgado (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 32) 0 0 Mexico Toluca training sessions from 14–22 January 2019
DF Andrea Sánchez (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara training sessions from 14–22 January 2019
DF Christina Murillo (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 26) 40 1 United States Chicago Red Stars 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
DF Mónica Flores (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 23) 9 0 Spain Valencia 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
DF Annia Mejía (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Spain Sporting de Gijón 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
DF Jocelyn Orejel (1996-11-14) 14 November 1996 (age 22) 3 0 France CSFA Ambilly (fr) 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
DF Greta Espinoza (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 23) 21 0 Mexico UANL 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
DF Vanessa Flores (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 21) 2 0 United States AHFC Royals 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
DF Clarissa Robles (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 24) 2 0 United States LA Galaxy OC 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
DF Mariel Gutiérrez (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Unattached 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
DF Marcela Valera (1987-04-12) 12 April 1987 (age 31) 1 0 Mexico América v.  France, 1 September 2018
DF Sabrina Flores (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0 United States LA Galaxy OC training camp on 3–12 June 2018
DF Jaqueline Rodríguez (1996-09-07) 7 September 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Mexico UDLA Puebla February 2018 PRE

MF María Sánchez (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 22) 14 3 United States Chicago Red Stars training sessions from 14–22 January 2019
MF Liliana Mercado (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 30) 13 0 Mexico UANL training sessions from 14–22 January 2019
MF Nancy Antonio (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 22) 11 1 Mexico UANL training sessions from 14–22 January 2019
MF Zulma Hernández (1995-09-09) 9 September 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Mexico América training sessions from 14–22 January 2019
MF Cristina Ferral (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 25) 10 1 Mexico UANL 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
MF Carolina Jaramillo (1994-03-19) 19 March 1994 (age 24) 4 0 Mexico UANL 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRE
MF Tania Morales (1986-12-22) 22 December 1986 (age 32) 7 2 Mexico Guadalajara 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
MF Yamilé Franco (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 26) 6 1 Mexico León 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
MF Natalia Gómez Junco (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 26) 6 0 Mexico UANL 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
MF Esmeralda Verdugo (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Mexico América 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
MF Jaquelin García (1997-12-23) 23 December 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Mexico UANL February 2018 PRE
MF Liliana Rodríguez (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Mexico UANL February 2018 PRE

FW Desirée Monsiváis (1988-01-19) 19 January 1988 (age 31) 5 3 Mexico Monterrey training sessions from 14–22 January 2019
FW Betzy Cuevas (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Mexico América training sessions from 14–22 January 2019
FW Katie Johnson (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 24) 21 8 United States Chicago Red Stars 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
FW Ariana Calderón (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 28) 14 2 Iceland Þór/KA 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
FW Anisa Guajardo (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 27) 4 0 Sweden Sundsvalls DFF 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
FW Daniela Solís (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Mexico Monterrey 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
FW Renae Cuéllar (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 28) 32 7 Israel Kiryat Gat v.  United States, 8 April 2018
FW Lizbeth Ángeles (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Mexico Pachuca February 2018 PRE
FW Lucero Cuevas (1996-01-22) 22 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Mexico América February 2018 PRE

Notes:

  • PRE: Preliminary squad
  • PRO: Provisional roster

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA Women's 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
United States 1999 Group Stage 16th 3 0 0 3 1 15
United States 2003 Did not qualify
China 2007
Germany 2011 Group Stage 11th 3 0 2 1 3 7
Canada 2015 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 2 8
France 2019 Did not qualify
Total 3/8 9 0 3 6 6 30
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

CONCACAF Women's Championship[edit]

CONCACAF Women's Championship Record
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
United States 2018 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 4 9
Total - 36 18 2 16 94 80
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympic Games[edit]

Summer Olympic Games Record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004 Quarter-Finals 8th 3 0 1 2 1 8
China 2008 Did not qualify
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020 To be determined
France 2024
United States 2028
Total - 1/6 3 0 1 2 1 8
*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 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 1 2 15 9
Dominican Republic 2003 Third Place 3rd 4 3 0 1 10 5
Brazil 2007 Fourth Place 4th 5 3 0 2 6 1
Mexico 2011 Third Place 3rd 5 2 2 1 3 2
Canada 2015 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 10 7
Peru 2019 To be determined
Chile 2023
Total - 5/5 25 14 3 8 54 24
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Central American and Caribbean Games[edit]

Central American and Caribbean Games Record
Year Round Position MP W D* L GF GA
Puerto Rico 2010 Withdrew
Mexico 2014 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 11 1
Colombia 2018 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 18 3
Panama 2022 To be determined
Total - 2/3 10 9 1 0 29 4
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Overall official record[edit]

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Scorers
Haiti 1991 CONCACAF Tournament Group 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 Group 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 Group 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 Group stage 1–7 Brazil Brazil Domínguez
0–6 Germany Germany
0–2 Italy Italy 4 / 4
Canada 1999 Pan American Games Group 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 Group 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 Group 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 Group 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 Group stage 1–1 China China Domínguez
0–2 Germany Germany 2 / 3
Quarterfinals 0–5 Brazil Brazil
United States 2006 Gold Cup Group stage 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 Group 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
Mexico 2008 Summer Olympics qualification Group 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 Group 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 Group 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 Group 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
Mexico 2012 Summer Olympics qualification' Group 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
United States 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Group stage 0-1 Costa Rica Costa Rica
10–0 Martinique Martinique Samarzich, Duarte 2, Mayor, Guillou (o.g.), Garciamendez, Garza, Ocampo 2, Noyola
3-1 Jamaica Jamaica 2 / 4 Mayor, Corral 2
Semifinals 0-3 United States United States
Third Place Match 4-2 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Mayor, Ocampo, Corral 2
Canada 2015 World Cup Group stage 1–1 Colombia Colombia V. Pérez
1–2 England England Ibarra
0-5 France France 4 / 4
Canada 2015 Pan American Games Group 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
United States 2016 Summer Olympics qualification Group 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
United States 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship Group stage 0-6  United States
4-1  Trinidad and Tobago Corral 2, Johnson, Sanchez
0-2  Panama 3/4

Head coaching history[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e This match is not recognized by FIFA.[12]

Citations

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. ^ Luis Arroyo (2015-06-12). "The Mexican Women's National Team Needs to Stop Depending on U.S. Based Players | VICE Sports". Sports.vice.com. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  3. ^ "Mundial (Women) 1971". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Women's World Ranking". Fifa.com. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  5. ^ a b Lewis, Michael (21 January 2012). "Mexico's Leonardo Cuellar Has Turned 'Las Tri' into a Global Power". Fox News Latino. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  6. ^ Jensen, Mike (17 June 1999). "Mexican Soccer Team Has American Accent Half Of The Improbable Women's World Cup Squad Comes From North Of The Border". The Inquirer. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Monica Gonzalez urges Mexican federation to seize opportunity to promote women's game". espnW. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  8. ^ Baxter, Kevin. "Mexico's women's soccer coach Leonardo Cuellar steps down". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  9. ^ "For Teammates in Love, an Island Oasis". The New York Times. 2017-07-06. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  10. ^ "Central American & Caribbean Games Women". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Panama qualified for the semifinals of the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship". October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Live Scores - Mexico - Women's - Matches. FIFA-.com.
  13. ^ "Convocatoria de la SNM Femenil para la Copa Chipre 2019". Retrieved February 15, 2019.

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