There is a lot of commotion taking place in Mexican women’s soccer right now. Some key players from the league are currently at national team camp preparing for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifiers but nevertheless, week 3 of the 2020 Clausura took place this past weekend and Monday night and came with some notable highlights. Here are my three things from Week 3:
Alison Gonzalez is blossoming into a great offensive player. The natural talent from the young Mexican woman has always been there and we all had the privilege of witnessing that talent during the U17 World Cup one year and a half ago and since leaving the shadows of the powerhouse giants that is Tigres, Alison Gonzalez has continued to flourish on her own with Atlas. With five goals in the 2019 Clausura and eight goals in the 2019 Apertura, the 17-year-old from Tepic, Nayarit continues to move upward in her progress this season, scoring the game-winning goal this week against Cruz Azul and bringing her stats up to two goals in the first three games. The goal deserves to be acknowledged as well. It was not a rebound shot or a quick finish; this is Alison Gonzalez showing the versatility she provides in the front. She creates space for herself, pushing the ball to the left hand side before taking a left-footed shot across the way to hit the other side of the net. For all the nerves that are emerging leading up to the Olympic qualifiers, it’s good to know players like Gonzalez show promise for what the future holds week in and week out.
America is three for three. I’ll stop talking about it when they finally start playing badly but so far, América Femenil is having themselves quite a season. Their third match against Santos showed that elevated competition that is coming to the league (see point 3) and the effort America gives to get it back. The full 90 minutes were exciting and although Santos got the short end of the stick by having some of their attempts hit the post or just miss the goal, it was America’s consistent fight that proved to be the most impressive and what ultimately got them the win. It might be too soon to tell but Mexican-American newcomer Marlyn Campa is a vital addition, already scoring three goals in her first two games. America’s good run is in large part thanks to midfielder Jennifer Munoz, who has now been named to the league’s Best Starting XI for the third week in a row. Can they go four for four against Necaxa?
The competition continues to grow. A 2-2 draw between Pumas and Monterrey. A 3-2 victory for America against Santos. Necaxa getting their first win just three weeks into the season (during the 2019 Apertura, they finally one in the final weeks of the regular season). San Luis beating Pachuca (!), Chivas and León going back and forth for ninety minutes and Tigres drawing against Toluca. At this point I’ve mentioned almost every single match and each scoreline tells its own entertaining story. Whether the league is becoming slightly top-heavy which is resulting in more goals is besides the point. The players coming in from the US or abroad provide more knowledgeable experiences and players like Alison Gonzalez who have been a product of this league are showing the entertainment of its emerging unpredictability — a quality many have loved about the men’s league for decades.