It’s a good time to be a fan of Mexico’s men’s and women’s national soccer teams.
Three weeks ago the men's squad faced an uncomfortable situation when five players were removed from the Gold Cup team after testing positive for a banned substance. El Tri were still able to overcome adversity throughout the tournament, culminating in their defense of the Gold Cup title. Mexico’s young stars shined in an emphatic 4-2 victory on Sunday over their bitter rivals, the U.S. Despite falling behind 2-0 early in the match Mexico retained their composure and Pablo Barrera and Andres Guardado tied the match up just before halftime. The second half was all Mexico with this golazo by Giovanni dos Santos serving as an exclamation mark for El Tri:
Sadly the team’s off-field troubles continued less than 48 hours after their Gold Cup victory. According to the Mexican soccer federation eight players were removed from the squad heading to Argentina for the Copa America after allegedly partying with prostitutes in a Quito, Ecuador hotel.
In the meantime, the ladies started out their participation in the Women’s World Cup on the right foot. Much like their male compatriots, the Mexican women fell behind early in their first group match to England yesterday. But in a moment of inspiration Monica Ocampo launched a 40-yard rocket that allowed Mexico to equalize in a match that ended tied 1-1:
Video Source - YouTube
Online Sources- The Latin Americanist, Reuters, El Universal, Boston.com