A rapidly improving Mexico national women’s soccer team beat the United States for the first time in 26 meetings to qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday night.
After being outscored 106-9 in their previous meetings with the USA, the hosts scored twice in the 3rd and 27th minutes with goals from Maribel Dominguez and Veronica Perez. Carli Lloyd tied the match for the USA with a 25th minute effort.
The USA must now beat Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying third place game on Monday for the right to play Italy in a home-and-home playoff series before each player can pack her suitcase for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
MEX — Maribel Dominguez 3rd minute
USA — Carli Lloyd 25
MEX — Veronica Perez 27
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 2-Heather Mitts, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler (13-Kristine Lilly, 84); 9-Heather O’Reilly (5-Alex Morgan, 60), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 8-Amy Rodriguez, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 1-Jill Loyden, 4-Yael Averbuch, 11-Lori Lindsey, 16-Ali Krieger, 17-Becky Sauerbrunn
Not available: 12-Lauren Cheney, 14-Stephanie Cox
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage
MEX: 1-Erika Venegas; 2-Kenti Robles (5-Maria de Jesus Castillo, 93+), 4-Natalie Vinti, 13-Natalie Garcia, 15-Luz Saucedo; 7-Evelyn Lopez (17-Tania Morales, 52), 8-Guadalupe Worbis, 11-Lydia Rangel, 9-Maribel Dominguez, 10-Dinora Garza, 18-Veronica Perez
Subs not used: 3-Rubi Sandoval, 6-Monica Vergara, 12-Pamela Tajonar, 16-Liliana Mercado, 20-Cecilia Santiago
Head Coach: Leo Cuellar