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México announces callups for friendlies against Costa Rica

Mónica Vergara’s first ever squad will consist of a good mix of Europeas, players from Liga MX Femenil, and the NCAA

Spain v Mexico - FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 Final Photo by Buda Mendes - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Mónica Vergara and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (FMF) announced the callups for the Mexico Women’s Senior National Team for a pair of friendlies against Costa Rica later this month in Mexico City. The first will be held on February 20 at 1:00 PM Central in the historic Estadio Azteca, while the second will be held on February 23 at 1:00 PM Central at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento (CAR).

This is the first time that México will play in almost a full year when they had three draws against Croatia, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic in the 2020 Cyprus Cup.

Despite the last camps being players from Liga MX Femenil and the college system in the United States, this roster also includes some of the bigger names playing in Europe such as Ceci Santiago and Kenti Robles. Liga MX Femenil makes up the bulk of the roster however, with Tigres being represented by six players and Monterrey sending five.

The list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Cecilia Santiago (PSV Eindhoven), Emily Alvarado (Texas Christian University), Itzel González (Club Tijuana)

Defenders: Mónica Flores (Monterrey), Andrea Sánchez (Monterrey), Kimberly Rodríguez (Oklahoma State University), Kenti Robles (Real Madrid), Jimena López (SD Eibar), Greta Espinoza (Tigres UANL), Bianca Sierra (Tigres UANL), Reyna Reyes (University of Alabama), Karina Rodríguez (University of California, Los Angeles)

Midfielders: Montserrat Hernández (América), Joana Robles (Atlas), Rebeca Bernal (Monterrey), Diana Evangelista (Monterrey), Nicole Pérez (Monterrey), Silvana Flores (Reading F.C.), Liliana Mercado (Tigres UANL), María Sánchez (Tigres UANL)

Forwards: Daniela Espinosa (América), Alison González (Atlas), Alicia Cervantes (Guadalajara), Kiana Palacios (Real Sociedad), Katty Martínez (Tigres UANL), Stephany Mayor (Tigres UANL)

Costa Rica has announced their callups for the microciclo before the friendlies, and some familiar names include Noelia Bermúdez (Deportivo La Coruña), Priscila Chinchilla (Glasgow City FC), Shirley Cruz (OL Reign), and Raquel Rodríguez (Portland Thorns).