Mexico Women’s National Team will face Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship Tournament and with a lot of work to do. El Tri comes off a devastating 6-0 loss in their first match of tournament against the United States.
During training early Saturday afternoon ahead of the match, Mexican forward Stephany Mayor discussed some of the lessons learned from that tough first match.
“[The US match] showed us that we have to improve on keeping the ball more, controlling the tempo and rhythm of the match. We knew it was a difficult rival but we had to control the ball regardless. This next game we have to dominate completely,” she stated.
Despite the loss against the US, Mayor still showed support for the Liga MX Feminil and the role it’s had on improving the Mexican women’s game.
“Now the players are working day to day with their clubs. We’re getting better knowing how to do things well. We have a strong set [of players] in the physical, psychological and football sense. We have to take advantage of that.”
The first match left the Aztecs with a goal differential of -6 and with the tournament serving as a qualifier to the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year for the teams that place in the top 3 spots, the stakes are even higher.
“We know that winning [these next two matches] will put us in the semifinals and we have to think about the objectives,” the Icelandic club player stated. “The first is tomorrow and coming out with three points. We know we have to come out and get the necessary goals and play the game as necessary.”
Mayor, who has played in UEFA’s Women’s Champions League and has been a member of the veteran squad since 2010, also expressed the importance of the experienced players and the impact they have for the team.
“With the hope of getting that ticket [to the World Cup] and knowing that there are some of us that have experience compared to those barely entering, I think we need to support them with the little extra that we have.”
Mexico is currently in last place in Group A. The US leads in first followed by Panama and Trinidad & Tobago in third.
The match against Trinidad & Tobago will take place on Sunday, October 7th at 4:30 Pacific Standard Time.