The disaster continues for the Mexico women’s national team.
Days after the start of the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship with a shock 1-0 loss to Jamaica – a result that has been described as a ‘nightmare’ from a Mexican sports newspaper — El Tri Femenil Then on Thursday night there was an even more ominous 3-0 loss to regional promoted Haiti.
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The result, which currently sees Mexico bottom of Group A in the competition they host in the city of Monterrey, has officially put them out of contention for the knockout rounds and even further away from a possible qualification in the Women’s World Cup 2023. Mexico, once seen as one of the favorites to secure a direct place at next year’s event via the CONCACAF W Championship, must now end the group stage with a win against the United States on Monday current world championship title. only to stay in talks of an unlikely Australia/New Zealand 2023 playoff invite.
How did that happen to Mexico?
Just over a week ago, the tournament’s hosts looked like dark horses as they stormed into July with brilliant form. Ahead of the CONCACAF W Championship, coach Monica Vergara and her team are confident with a 10-game unbeaten run and a whopping 52 goals scored. Backed by a young but burgeoning top women’s league through Liga MX Femenil and a new generation of exciting talent, it seemed like Mexico was poised to step out of the shadows and become a powerhouse for women’s national teams in the North American region will.
“Everyone will see a Mexico they’ve never seen before,” boasted a stoic and reassured Vergara before the game against Jamaica.
The statement turned out to be an empty promise that matched the nearly empty venue at the Estadio Universitario a day later – bad publicity for the CONCACAF W Championship in Monterrey and non-weekend scheduling likely to blame. Eight minutes into Monday’s game, Jamaica’s Khadija “Bunny” Shaw gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with a perfect header. Fear of an experimental and mixed XI began to grow El Tri Femenil as they amassed a long list of erratic crosses into the opponent’s 18-yard box. Jamaica, dangerous with their limited possession and counterattacking skills, eventually had no trouble consolidating their 1-0 victory over Mexico.
“[The loss] doesn’t define us. We will continue our process,” Vergara said afterwards. “It’s just a stumbling block on our way and we will work on our upcoming games.”
That stumble would then result in a complete collapse by Thursday. Mexico would learn little from their mistakes against Haiti, who are the worst team in Group A in the FIFA rankings. Vergara, still unsure of her best XI, bizarrely chose to rest some of her top players like Alicia Cervantes and Jacqueline Ovalle again.
Similar to the game against Jamaica El Tri Femenil go down 1-0 early in the first half when Haiti took the lead in the 14th minute. After a foul in Stephany Mayor’s 18-yard box, forward Roselord Borgella scored a subsequent penalty. In response, Vergara’s players were slow to build and struggled to find chemistry in attack. Defensively, they were vulnerable to counterattacks as Haiti effortlessly pushed forward.
Then in the second half things got worse and worse for Mexico. With only a reported total of just 6,000 spectators out of the 51,000 capacity of the Estadio BBVA Bancomer in Monterrey, El Tri Femenil allowed two more goals (including another from a penalty), while defender Greta Espinoza received a red card and defender Rebeca Bernal was injured. No further details were available at the time of going to press on the severity of the injury. The 24-year-old was taken to hospital for a check-up after slamming into the woodwork in a set piece.
With 3-0 down, 10 players left and their morale dropping even further, the Mexican players were shocked and disorganized in the final stages of the game, knowing their tournament dreams would be shattered after the final whistle. Perhaps weighed down by the media hype and expectations quickly imposed on them, or by the weather literally topping 30 degrees Celsius, the players felt uneasy on the pitch against Haiti and Jamaica. Mix in early setbacks, continued tinkering with starting XIs and poor attendance at games and you have a team sitting dead in Group A and with no place in the knockout rounds of North American competition. While the chance of qualifying for the World Cup remains slim, a place at the 2024 Olympics, also won by the CONCACAF W Championship, is now officially out of reach.
“It’s a very difficult night for everyone,” said a dejected one El Tri Femenil Captain Kenti Robles after losing to Haiti. “Nobody expected it.”
“I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart,” Robles later added as a message to fans.
Vergara, whose shares have fallen dramatically and rapidly in the Mexican football world, admitted the game against Haiti was a “big hit” but also made the surprising post-game decision to raise ambitions in the coming World Cup cycle 2027 , if the current qualification for 2023 has not yet ended.
“We knew we could have challenges, it’s a planning process for the 2023 World Cup, but also in the long term for 2027, we have a young generation,” said the Mexico coach. “You have to learn to keep working.”
Herculez Gomez discusses how the USWNT will fare in their upcoming games against Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico.
The 39-year-old has only been in charge since early 2021 and has understandably needed time to tinker and adjust, but in key games that could lead to a Women’s World Cup after missing out in 2019, it’s likely to be daunting for fans to admit listen The coach continues with her themes of process building and learning as smaller nations score goals and take points away from them.
And on Monday, Mexico could concede even more goals as they finish the group stage against the US women’s national team. The United States have already qualified for a direct place at the World Cup with a 3-0 win over Haiti and a 5-0 win over Jamaica and will be slight favorites in the actual clash of the day. Instead, there will be Haiti versus Jamaica, both battling for second place in Group A for the other direct ticket to the World Cup.
As for Mexico, third place in the group and thus a place in an intercontinental playoff for Australia/New Zealand 2023 would be the best scenario. However, not only must they somehow find a way to defeat the United States, they also need Haiti to defeat Jamaica. Statistically, they could also go through if they beat the United States and if Jamaica beat Haiti, but it’s unlikely they’ll be able to beat the goal difference or tie-breaks needed to surpass Haiti.
In any case, there is a small chance of hope for Mexico, but based on how things have gone in the CONCACAF W Championship so far, the nightmare could only get worse when they take the field against the United States next week.
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