Game: México vs. Colombia
Date: Tuesday, September 20th
Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 12:00 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Azteca (Ciudad de México, D.F.)
All-time record: México and Colombia have faced off against one another ten times, with México winning six, Colombia winning once, and the clubs drawing three times. The last time the teams met, they drew 2-2 in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Perú. In the 2015 Summer Universiade (University Games) in South Korea, México got a 9-0 win against Colombia, behind a pair of 10-0 wins as one of the most lopsided in team history. Colombia’s only win came in the 2015 Pan American Games, where they won 1-0 in Canada days after the 9-0 win.
Since taking over the México Women’s National Team, Mónica Vergara set out to test the team with ever increasingly difficult opponents. Starting with Costa Rica, the team played more and more difficult teams culminating with the number one team in the FIFA Women’s Rankings. The results predictably were difficult, however the team should be able to take lessons from these and put them to use.
Having played the top ranked team, there was no where to go but down for México, and they’ve chosen Colombia to begin to implement what they learned from the past six months. With a roster that looks to have struck a decent balance between old and new faces as well as players from Liga MX Femenil, European teams, and NCAA schools,
It didn’t go exactly to plan however. Colombia won a closed-door scrimmage 2-1 at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento on Saturday.
The teams will however go again, this time in an officially sanctioned match at Estadio Azteca. Colombia is at a similar level to México, and the results should be a pretty good benchmark to build upon. The good news is that México’s road through the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship Qualifiers should be fairly straightforward, so even if there’s a bad result here and another in October when they face Argentina, the level of competition they’ll likely face on the road to the World Cup should be very easy to start, working towards the harder teams at the end.
In that respect, Vergara and the team have been down that road before.