With six points from two games, the USA have already clinched their ticket to Australia and New Zealand and are guaranteed to be no worse than second in Group A. The Americans are guaranteed to top Group A with a win or draw against Mexico. Haiti and Jamaica are both on three points and will face off on Monday to determine which of the two Caribbean nations will automatically grab the World Cup berth. Due to a superior goal differential, a win or draw against Jamaica would send Haiti to their first-ever Women’s World Cup, while Jamaica need a win to secure a top-two spot. of the group.
Mexico’s World Cup hopes are now on hold in the Intercontinental Qualifiers, where 10 teams will battle for the final three spots in the expanded 32-team field for Australia/New Zealand 2023. However, reaching the Intercontinental Qualifiers will not be a small matter because Mexico must beat the United States – which they have only done once in 41 all-time encounters between the regional rivals – and must also overtake Jamaica or Haiti on goal differential to move up to third in the group standings.
INSIDE THE LIST
Mexico’s roster for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship is made up of 15 players who play their club football domestically in Liga MX Femenil, including six four-time overall champions UANL Tigers and four of the reigning champions of Apertura Chivas. Forward Alicia Cervantes, who plays for Chivas, has led the league in scoring each of the last two seasons, but only had one shot in 68 minutes of action at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship.
Two players – goalkeeper Emily Alvarado, who plays for her soccer club in France for Stade de Reims, and midfielder Stephany Mayor, who plays for Tigres, have played every minute for Mexico so far in this tournament.
Of the eight players playing at their club soccer outside of Mexico, five compete in the United States with two college players (UCLA’s Maricarmen Reyes and Arizona State’s Alexia Delgado) and three NWSL players. Maria Sanchez, who is from Idaho and played collegiately for Idaho and Santa Clara, plays for the Houston Dash. Defender Jimena Lopez played collegiately at Texas A&M and is a club teammate at OL Reign with Americans Alana Cook, Sofia Huerta, Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe. Forward Diana Ordonez, who played on the United States Women’s Youth National Teams, played college football at the University of Virginia and is a teammate with United States goaltender Casey Murphy with the North Carolina Courage.
MEXICO WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION
Guardians (3): 1-Emily Alvarado (Stade de Reims, FRA), 12-Itzel Gonzalez (Club America), 21-Melany Villeda (Pumas UNAM)
Defenders (5): 2-Kenti Robles (Real Madrid CF, ESP), 3-Greta Espinoza (Tigres UANL), 4-Rebeca Bernal (CF Monterrey), 5-Jimena Lopez (OL Reign, USA), 13-Bianca Sierra (Tigres UANL)
Midfielders (10): 6-Alexia Delgado (Arizona State, USA), 8-Carolina Jaramillo (Chivas), 10-Stephany Mayor (Tigres UANL), 14-Casandra Montero (Chivas), 15-Cristina Ferral (Tigres UANL), 16-Nancy Antonio ( Tigres UANL), 17-Jaqueline Ovalle (Tigres UANL), 18-Joseline Montoya (Chivas), 20-Diana Garcia (CF Monterrey), 23-Maricarmen Reyes (UCLA, USA)
Forwards (5): 7-Myra Delgadillo (SC Braga, POR), 9-Katty Martinez (Club America), 11-Maria Sanchez (Houston Dash, USA), 19-Alicia Cervantes (Chivas), 22-Diana Ordonez (North Carolina Courage, United States)
SERIES HISTORY: USA vs. MEXICO
Monday’s game in Monterrey will be 42n/a all-time meeting between the United States and Mexico, which will tie Mexico with Sweden for the fourth most frequent opponent in United States history, behind only Canada (62 games), PR China (58) and Norway (50). The United States leads the series with Mexico, 39-1-1, and has won the last 15 meetings between the teams by an overall margin of 64-4.
The United States and Mexico most recently faced off in the Send-Off Series in July 2021, ahead of the USWNT’s departure for the Tokyo Olympics. The teams played twice in East Hartford, Connecticut, resulting in a pair of 4-0 wins for the United States on July 1 and 5.
This will be the first meeting between the United States and Mexico in a competitive game since their clash on February 7, 2020 in the semi-finals of the Concacaf Olympic qualifiers. USA won 4-0 behind goals from Rose Lavelle, Samantha Mewis (x2) and Christen Press to clinch their place at the Tokyo Olympics.
Mexico are the most frequent opponents USA have faced in World Cup and Olympic qualifying, with the teams having met 13 times in Concacaf qualifying. The United States have won 12 of those 13 encounters with Mexico’s only victory in qualifying – and the only victory ever against the United States – in the last match between the Mexico teams, a 2-1 victory for the United States. local team in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Qualifying in Cancun. Mexico’s only other result against the United States came in an October 2007 friendly in Albuquerque, New Mexico, drawing 1-1.
GROW THE GAME
Despite disappointing results in its first two games in the Concacaf Women’s Championship, women’s football has made significant progress in Mexico in recent years. The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol officially launched the Liga MX Femenil in 2017 and the league has seen phenomenal growth and success both on the pitch and in the stands, drawing impressive crowds.
When originally created, the Liga MX Femenil was limited to only allowing players born in Mexico, although in 2018 a rule change allowed teams to register up to six Mexican-American players and , at present, teams are now allowed to register up to four foreigners. born players. Several Americans play in the league, including former US Youth International and UCLA star Mia Fishel (UNAL Tigers) and former Cal-State Fullerton player and Orlando Pride forward Christina Burkenroad ( CF Monterrey), who is Mexican-American.