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)
Association Federación Mexicana de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)
Sub-confederation NAFU (North America)
Head coach Roberto Medina
Captain Nayeli Rangel
Most caps Maribel Dominguez (112)
Top scorer Maribel Domínguez (79)
FIFA code MEX
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 24 Increase 1 (28 September 2018)
Highest 21 (January 2011)
Lowest 31 (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
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) is governed by La Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (Mexico Football Federation).[1]

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.[2] 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.[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] 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.[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.[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[6] led to him resigning from his position in April 2016.[7] Roberto Medina became the head coach in 2017.[8]

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 24 players were called into training camp for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship, the roster will be cut to 20 players before the tournament begins. [10]

Caps and goals as 1 September 2018, after the match against  France.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Cecilia Santiago (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 23) 52 0 Mexico América
1GK Bianca Henninger (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 27) 6 0 United States Houston Dash
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 27) 54 3 Spain Atlético Madrid
2DF Bianca Sierra (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 26) 39 0 Iceland Þór/KA
2DF Christina Murillo (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 25) 37 1 United States Chicago Red Stars
2DF Arianna Romero (1992-07-29) 29 July 1992 (age 26) 34 1 Iceland Valur
2DF Mónica Flores (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Spain Valencia
2DF Rebeca Bernal (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 21) 6 0 Mexico Monterrey
2DF Annia Mejía (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Spain Fundación Albacete
2DF Jocelyn Orejel (1996-11-14) 14 November 1996 (age 21) 3 0 France CSFA Ambilly (fr)

3MF Mónica Ocampo (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 (age 31) 85 17 Mexico Pachuca
3MF Nayeli Rangel (1992-02-28) 28 February 1992 (age 26) 79 7 Mexico UANL
3MF Stephany Mayor (captain) (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 27) 63 11 Iceland Þór/KA
3MF Karla Nieto (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 23) 13 0 Mexico Pachuca
3MF María Sánchez (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 22) 11 2 United States Santa Clara Broncos
3MF Cristina Ferral (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 25) 9 1 Mexico UANL
3MF Nancy Antonio (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 22) 8 1 Mexico UANL
3MF Carolina Jaramillo (1994-03-19) 19 March 1994 (age 24) 4 0 Mexico UANL
3MF Lizbeth Ovalle (1999-10-19) 19 October 1999 (age 18) 1 0 Mexico UANL

4FW Charlyn Corral (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 27) 42 22 Spain Levante
4FW Katie Johnson (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 24) 18 7 United States Sky Blue FC
4FW Ariana Calderón (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 28) 14 2 Iceland Þór/KA
4FW Kiana Palacios (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 22) 4 1 Spain Real Sociedad

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 Pamela Tajonar (1984-12-02) 2 December 1984 (age 33) 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
GK Emily Alvarado (1998-06-09) 9 June 1998 (age 20) 0 0 United States TCU Horned Frogs v.  Costa Rica, 25 November 2017
GK Alejandra Gutiérrez (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Mexico UANL v.  Costa Rica, 25 November 2017 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 22) 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
DF Andrea Sánchez (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Mexico Guadalajara February 2018 PRE
DF Daniela Alcántar (1995-12-21) 21 December 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Mexico Veracruz v.  Costa Rica, 25 November 2017
DF Bri Campos (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Finland Åland United v.  North Korea, 23 October 2017

MF Tania Morales (1986-12-22) 22 December 1986 (age 31) 7 2 Mexico Guadalajara 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
MF Yamilé Franco (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 26) 6 1 Mexico Toluca 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
MF Natalia Gómez Junco (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 25) 6 0 Spain Málaga 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
MF Esmeralda Verdugo (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Mexico América 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
MF Jaquelin García (1997-12-23) 23 December 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Mexico León February 2018 PRE
MF Liliana Rodríguez (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Mexico Toluca February 2018 PRE
MF Teresa Noyola (1990-04-15) 15 April 1990 (age 28) 44 3 Iceland Valur v.  North Korea, 23 October 2017
MF Eva González (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 21) 0 0 United States Seton Hall Pirates v.  North Korea, 23 October 2017
MF Gaby Rivera (1997-08-16) 16 August 1997 (age 21) 0 0 United States George Mason Patriots v.  North Korea, 23 October 2017

FW Desirée Monsiváis (1988-01-19) 19 January 1988 (age 30) 5 3 Mexico Monterrey 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship PRO
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 22) 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 To be determined
Total 3/7 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 Qualified
Total - 33 17 2 14 90 71
*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 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
United States 2014 Gold Cup First 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 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

Head coaching history[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e This match is not recognized by FIFA.[9]

Citations

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Mundial (Women) 1971". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Women's World Ranking". Fifa.com. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Monica Gonzalez urges Mexican federation to seize opportunity to promote women's game". espnW. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  7. ^ Baxter, Kevin. "Mexico's women's soccer coach Leonardo Cuellar steps down". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  8. ^ "For Teammates in Love, an Island Oasis". The New York Times. 2017-07-06. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  9. ^ Live Scores - Mexico - Women's - Matches. FIFA-.com.
  10. ^ "La SNM Femenil inició concentración de cara al Premundial de la CONCACAF". Retrieved September 21, 2018.

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