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México announces call-ups for Women’s National Team friendly against Colombia

A good mix of Liga MX Femenil players, players based in Europe, and players in the NCAA system will represent against Colombia.

Emily Alvarado has been the default starting goalkeeper for México. Set Number: X163678 TK1

Mónica Vergara and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) have announced the latest call-ups for the Women’s National Team for the upcoming cycle and friendly against Colombia. The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Melany VIlleda (UNAM Pumas), Emily Alvarado (Stade de Reims), Itzel González (Club Tijuana)

Defenders: Jocelyn Orejel (América), Mariana Cadena (Monterrey), Jimena López (OL Reign), Kenti Robles (Real Madrid), Cristina Ferral (Tigres UANL), Laura Parra (Toluca), Reyna Reyes (University of Alabama), Karina Rodríguez (Washington Spirit)

Midfielders: Daniela Espinosa (América), Carolina Jaramillo (Guadalajara), Joseline Montoya (Guadalajara), Rebeca Bernal (Monterrey), Diana Evangelista (Monterrey), Diana García (Monterrey), Anika Rodríguez (PSV Eindhoven), Nancy Antonio (Tigres UANL), María Sánchez (Tigres UANL), Maricarmen Reyes (University of California - Los Angeles), Briana Campos (Vittsjö GIK)

Forwards: Alison González (Atlas), Alicia Cervantes (Guadalajara), Viridiana Salazar (Pachuca), Myra Delgadillo (SC Braga)

While there are certainly players that Vergara has called into camp before, there are some new faces and some faces that haven’t been seen in a while. Most notably are Anika Rodríguez and Myra Delgadillo, who are both getting their first callup to the Mexican National Team. Rodríguez is at PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands and as a Mexican-American had represented the US at youth levels, while Delgadillo plays with Braga in Portugal. Bri Campos is returning to the team after a long absence. Campos made her debut in 2017 but only garnered three appearances for El Tri Femenil, and currently plays with Vittsjö in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan.

There are certainly notable omissions as well, with Tigres only sending three players. Normally players like Stephany Mayor, Katty Martínez, and Jackie Ovalle would be with the club but Tigres is playing a friendly against the Houston Dash that week and Vergara also knows what to expect from these players. Another surprising omission was Cinthya Peraza who has been on fire for Santos Laguna, tallying six goals and leading Santos into fifth place on the table.

Still there will be plenty to learn about this team from the roster, and they should give a tough Colombia side a good run. Colombia is ranked 26th in FIFA’s latest rankings, while México is 28th.