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
(Mexican Football Federation)
Head coach Leonardo Cuéllar
Most caps Juana Lopez
Top scorer Maribel Domínguez
FIFA ranking 24 Steady[1]
Highest FIFA ranking 21[1] (January 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking 31[1] (December 2002)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Mexico 9 – 0 Austria 
(Jesolo, Italy; July 6, 1970)
Biggest win
 Mexico 12 – 2 Malta 
(Bristol, England; June 28, 1997)
Biggest defeat
 United States 12 – 0 Mexico 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1999)
Best result Group Stage
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1991)
Best result 2nd (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). 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. A estimated 110,000 people attended the final at Estadio Azteca that day.[2] The team that was formed before the 1999 Women's World Cup and was composed of Mexican and Mexican-American players. The main goal for the team was to qualify for their first World Cup. Since then, the team has developed and is now ranked 24th in the Women's FIFA World Ranking.[1] One of the big advantages the team has compared to all others is that they have had one coach, Leonardo Cuéllar for the past 14 years, which is rare to see in a national team from Mexico.[3] The team again is re-gaining popularity, as the U-20 team finished in the quarter-finals in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and a notable 1–0 win over England in which the game was broadcast live in the country. The team was the host for the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, finishing in second place after a shocking 2–1 victory over the United States. The team has a professional league, the Super Liga Femenil de Futbol, which was established partially to raise the popularity of women's football in Mexico.

History[edit]

The first official coach for the Mexico Women’s National Soccer Team was Leonardo Cuéllar. One of his main goals when first establishing the team was to qualify for the 1999 Women’s World Cup.[3] 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 a spot away from a full Mexican player. 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.[4] The National Team was formed despite the controversy and consisted of Mexican and Mexican-American players.

Culture & language barriers[edit]

The team has encountered several difficulties since their formation. The players had to learn to play together and become a team despite the different views on the culture between the Mexican-Americans and the Mexicans. At the beginning, the division was apparent: all the Mexicans roomed together and all the Americans roomed together; however, with time the team became more integrated.[4] The culture was also a barrier the team had to overcome. For many Mexican girls, playing soccer in general was not thought of highly in Mexican families because it was referred to as a male sport, so the team did not receive as much support as they would have liked and needed.[3] However, with time their accomplishments were covered by the news and the support grew.[3] Despite there being two dominant languages on the team, the players have managed to overcome the boundary and a lot of the Americans speak better Spanish now and vice versa.[4] At practices both languages are used, but when cameras are on, Spanish is used more so the people from Mexico can understand what is going on.[4]

Kit[edit]

The Mexican 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. Currently 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".

Schedule and recent results[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent Result
October 21, 2010 Friendly Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon  Chinese Taipei 1–0
October 29, 2010 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Estadio De Béisbol Beto Ávila, Cancún  Guyana 7–2
October 31, 2010 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Estadio De Béisbol Beto Ávila, Cancún  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0
November 2, 2010 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Estadio De Béisbol Beto Ávila, Cancún  Canada 0–3
November 5, 2010 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Semifinal Estadio De Béisbol Beto Ávila, Cancún  United States 2–1
November 8, 2010 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup Final Estadio Quintana Roo, Cancún  Canada 0–1
June 27, 2011 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Groupstage Volkswagen-Arena, Wolfsburg  England 1–1
July 1, 2011 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Groupstage BayArena, Leverkusen  Japan 0–4
July 5, 2011 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Groupstage Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim  New Zealand 2–2
18 October 2011 2011 Pan American Games Groupstage Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara  Chile 0–0
20 October 2011 2011 Pan American Games Groupstage Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara  Trinidad and Tobago 1–1
22 October 2011 2011 Pan American Games Groupstage Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara  Colombia 1–0
25 October 2011 2011 Pan American Games Semifinal Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara  Brazil 0–1
27 October 2011 2011 Pan American Games 3rd place game Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara  Colombia 1–0
January 20, 2012 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament BC Place, Vancouver  Guatemala 5–0
January 22, 2012 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament BC Place, Vancouver  Dominican Republic 7–0
January 24, 2012 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament BC Place, Vancouver  United States 0–4
January 27, 2012 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament BC Place, Vancouver  Canada 1–3
February 15, 2012 Friendly Yongchuan Sports Center, Chongquing  China PR 0-1
February 17, 2012 Friendly Yongchuan Sports Center, Chongquing  North Korea 0-1
February 19, 2012 Friendly Yongchuan Sports Center, Chongquing  South Korea 2-3
December 9, 2012 Friendly Estadio Paulo Machado de Carvalho, Sao Paolo  Denmark 0-5
December 13, 2012 Friendly Estadio Paulo Machado de Carvalho, Sao Paolo  Brazil 2-1
December 16, 2012 Friendly Estadio Paulo Machado de Carvalho, Sao Paolo  Portugal 0-1
December 19, 2012 Friendly Estadio Paulo Machado de Carvalho, Sao Paolo  Portugal 2-0
March 6, 2013 2013 Algarve Cup Group C Sports Complex Nora, Ferreiras  Hungary 1-0
March 8, 2013 2013 Algarve Cup Group C Municipal Stadium, António  Wales 0-1
March 11, 2013 2013 Algarve Cup Group C Estádio Algarve, Algarve  Portugal 3-0
March 13, 2013 2013 Algarve Cup 7th place match Municipal Stadium, Lagos  Denmark 0-3
September 9, 2013 Friendly RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.  United States 0-7
September 22, 2013 Friendly Chatel-St-Denis, Switzerland  China PR 0-1
September 25, 2013 Friendly Savilese, Switzerland  Brazil 0-4
November 24, 2013 Friendly BC Place, Vancouver  Canada 0-0

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the November 24, 2013 friendly vs. Canada.[5]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Cecilia Santiago (1994-10-19) October 19, 1994 (age 19) 11 0 United States Boston Breakers
12 1GK Esthefanny Barreras (1996-02-11) February 11, 1996 (age 18) United States Sereno SC
2 2DF Kenti Robles (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 23) 12 0 Spain Barcelona
3 2DF Mónica Alvarado (1991-01-11) January 11, 1991 (age 23) 5 0 United States Texas Christian University
4 2DF Alina Garciamendez (1991-04-16) 16 April 1991 (age 23) 17 1 Germany FFC Frankfurt
5 2DF Anisa Guajardo (1991-03-10)10 March 1991 (aged 21) United States Boston Breakers
7 2DF Nayeli Rangel (1992-02-28) February 28, 1992 (age 22) 27 3 United States Sky Blue FC
13 2DF Bianca Sierra (1992-06-25) June 25, 1992 (age 21) United States Auburn Tigers
6 3MF Liliana Mercado (1988-10-22) October 22, 1988 (age 25) 11 0 Mexico UDLAP
8 3MF Teresa Noyola (1990-04-15) April 15, 1990 (age 24) 7 0 United States Seattle Reign FC
14 3MF Amanda Perez (1993-07-31) July 31, 1993 (age 20) United States Washington Huskies
15 3MF Guadalupe Worbis (1983-12-12) December 12, 1983 (age 30) 95 22 United States Washington Spirit
16 3MF Dinora Garza (1988-01-24) January 24, 1988 (age 26) 30 9 United States Chicago Red Stars
17 3MF Verónica Pérez (1988-05-18) May 18, 1988 (age 25) 23 4 United States Western New York Flash
18 3MF Stephany Mayor (1991-09-23) September 23, 1991 (age 22) 16 5 Mexico UDLAP
9 4FW Maribel Domínguez (1978-11-18) November 18, 1978 (age 35) 90 67 United States Chicago Red Stars
10 4FW Renae Cuéllar (1990-06-24) June 24, 1990 (age 23) United States Washington Spirit
11 4FW Mónica Ocampo (1987-01-04) January 4, 1987 (age 27) 36 12 United States Sky Blue FC
19 4FW Jackie Acevedo (1987-01-18) January 18, 1987 (age 27) United States Houston Aces

Recent call-ups[edit]

Other players called for the 2011 World Cup and more recently[6]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Pamela Tajonar (1984-12-02) December 2, 1984 (age 29) 36 0 United States Western New York Flash
2DF Arianna Romero (1992-07-29) July 29, 1992 (age 21) United States Nebraska Cornhuskers
4FW Sofia Huerta (1992-12-14) December 14, 1992 (age 21) 4 2 United States Santa Clara University
2DF Paulina Solís (1996-03-13) March 13, 1996 (age 18) Mexico Colegio Once
2DF Christina Murillo (1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 (age 21) United States University of Michigan
3MF Natalia Gómez-Junco (1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 (age 21) United States University of Memphis
4FW Desiree Monsivais (1988-01-19) January 19, 1988 (age 26) Mexico ITESM Monterrey
2DF Marylin Diaz (1991-11-18) November 18, 1991 (age 22) United States FC Kansas City
2DF Luz del Rosario Saucedo (1983-12-14) December 14, 1983 (age 30) 91 2
2DF Jennifer Ruiz (1983-08-09) 9 August 1983 (age 30) United States Seattle Reign FC
2DF Rubí Sandoval (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 30) 70 5
1GK Erika Venegas (1988-07-07) 7 July 1988 (age 25) 13 0
2DF Marcela Valera (1987-04-12) 12 April 1987 (age 27) Mexico Chivas Guadalajara
2DF Natalie Vinti (1988-01-02) 2 January 1988 (age 26) 20 0 United States University of San Diego
2DF Natalie García (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 24) 3 0 United States University of San Diego
2DF Charlyn Corral (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 22) 19 3 Mexico Monterrey Royal Eagles
3MF Evelyn López (1978-12-25) 25 December 1978 (age 35) 102 14


3MF Karla Nieto (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 19) Mexico Galeana Morelos

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[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 To Be Determined - - - - - - -
Total - 2/7 6 0 2 4 4 22
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympic Football Tournament[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 - - - - - - -
Total - 1/5 3 0 1 2 1 8

CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup record[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
Mexico 2014 To Be Determined
Total - 28 14 2 12 73 64
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan American Games record[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
Total - 4/4 20 11 3 6 34 17

U-20 World Cup Record[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 -
Thailand 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - - -
Russia 2006 Group Stage 12th 3 1 0 2 5 15 3
Chile 2008 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 12 -
Germany 2010 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 6 7 5
Japan 2012 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 7 5 6
Canada 2014 TBD - - - - - - - -
Total - 5/7 17 4 2 11 25 49 14

U-17 World Cup record[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 TBD - - - - - - - -
Total - 2/4 6 2 0 4 6 23 6

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Women's World Ranking". Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mundial (Women) 1971". Rsssf.com. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Lewis, Michael (21 January 2012). "Mexico's Leonardo Cuellar Has Turned 'Las Tri' into a Global Power". Fox News Latino. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Jenson, 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. 
  5. ^ "Convocatoria de la Selección Femenil Para Enfrentar a Canadá". Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A. C. 
  6. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011". FIFA. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 

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