As two of the growing competitors in the 2015 Women's World Cup, Mexico look to continue their perfect streak against Colombia in Group F action Tuesday afternoon at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Las Tri owns a 6-0 all-time record over Las Cafeteras, and already have a significant advantage in forwards Renae Cuellar and Moncia Ocampo, as well as midfielder Veronica Perez. Mexico, who finished third in CONCACAF, have won four of their last five matchups.
Cuellar is one of 10 players Mexico has plucked from the United States. That number is down from the team’s first appearance in the 1999 World Cup.
The No. 25-ranked squad in the world, Mexico are led by head coach Leonardo Cuellar, the only manager in the program’s 17-year history now in its third appearance in the World Cup.
But Colombia counters with midfielder Yoreli Roncon, owner of nine international goals in 45 career appearances, for a squad that has won four straight entering the tournament. She’s joined by midfielder Tatiana Ariza’s 35 appearances and eight goals in international play.
Colombia has wins over Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Venezuela, outscoring the trio 11-4.
While the matchup features a talented group of Mexican forwards against the tough-minded Colombians, the mood around the match seems to be effected by Group F’s other two members, France and England, who will meet earlier in the day.
The pace could come to a crawl if either side gains an early lead, particularly as they seek the knockout stages. Mexico wound up in 11th place at the last World Cup, and Colombia went winless in the group stage.
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