The first match will take place tomorrow, Saturday, at 1 p.m. inside El Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
- National Women's Soccer Team photo -

Published Friday, February 19, 2021

Women's Soccer Team plays Mexico on Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Since Thursday, the 20 athletes of the National Women's Soccer Team are in Mexico preparing to play against the Mexican team in two friendly games.

The first match will take place tomorrow, Saturday, at 1 p.m. inside El Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The second match will take place next Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the High-Performance Sports Center located on the south side of Mexico City.

Coach Amelia Valverde chose 20 players out of 28 athletes who had participated in different championships in January and February. The National Team will compete to qualify for a spot at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics that was postponed from last summer.

The summer olympics are scheduled to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 in Tokyo, Japan.
"This team is based on the calls of the last six micro-championships," Valverde said.
 "We consider it to be a fairly balanced team with this process, to give opportunities to some players who at other times have not had it," added the coach during an interview at the Soccer Federation.

"Now these 20 players have to go compete next Saturday and Tuesday, hoping to be able to demonstrate on the field everything we have been doing in recent days," she said.

The soccer teams, for the preliminary games, are made up of 6 players who belong to foreign teams, the rest will have their first participation with the Female Selector.

In January, coach Valverde announced the 20 athletes representing Costa Rica: Noelia Bermúdez, Dinnia Díaz, Priscila Tapia, Lixy Rodríguez, Gabriela Guillén, Daniela Cruz, Paula Coto, Carol Sánchez, Fabiola Sánchez, Stephannie Blanco, Mariana Benavides, Raquel Chacón, Katherine Alvarado, Shirley Cruz, Gloriana Villalobos, Raquel Rodríguez, Melissa Herrera, Priscila Chinchilla, Jazmin Elizondo and Maria Paula Salas.

Athlete Shirley Cruz is no newbie to international accolades as she is a professional soccer player in Europe for 11 years. She has won two UEFA Champions League championships, voted the best player in France in 2013, received two French cups, has played in 6 French leagues including Olympique de Lyon team and 4 time champion with the Costa Rican women's league.

On Tuesday, all the players and coaching staff were tested to confirm the negative results of covid-19, leaving them all able to travel.

The Saturday game will be broadcasting live on local channels 6 and 7, and will also be livestreamed on the Facebook page of the Women's Soccer Team.

The last time the team placed was for the 2019 Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru where they won a bronze medal against Paraguay scoring 1-0.

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