Mexico are a regular competitor at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Absent on just the one occasion, at Thailand 2004, El Tri will be making their seventh appearance in the competition at Papua New Guinea 2016. Despite their fine qualification record, however, the Mexicans have not made much of an impact in the finals. Eliminated in the group phase four times, they have reached the last eight just twice.
Mexico advanced to the semi-finals of the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship after drawing with eventual champions USA, and beating Panama and Haiti to finish second in their group. El Tri failed in their first attempt to reserve their place at Papua New Guinea, losing on penalties to Canada in the last four after a goalless draw in normal time. Qualification eventually came, however, with victory over Honduras in the match for third place.
Keen to see his side take another step forward at Papua New Guinea 2016, coach Roberto Medina will be hoping they can show the same resolve as they did in recovering from that semi-final defeat to the Canadians: “It’s a pretty strong unit. Every time things have gone against them, they’ve come back from it.”