Tigres Players Shine for El Tri

There was quite a bit of Mexican national team action over the past week, with the U-20 women’s team locking up their first ever regional title and the men’s senior team winning their first match of 2018 against Bosnia. As has always been the case in recent years, the El Tri squads were full of Tigres players, many of which ended up being huge contributors. Here’s a quick look at what some of our stars did for Mexico recently:

Women’s U-20

As noted above, Mexico won its first ever U-20 CONCACAF title after knocking off regional powers Canada and USA in the semi-finals and final, respectively. For the first ever El Tri competition in the Liga MX Femenil era, it was a massive success and will only bring more exposure and respect to the league.

Tigres, as one of the better teams in the league, sent 4 players to the tournament: Lizbeth Ovalle, Belen Cruz, Katty Martinez, and Natalia Villareal.

Cruz and Martinez scored 2 goals each, while Ovalle scored once. Ovalle was also named to the All-Tournament XI.

In the decisive shootout with USA in the final, Katty Martinez converted the first penalty for Mexico, while Belen Cruz would hit the championship winner. The victory was obviously a huge step forward for Mexico, and all 4 Tigresas on the squad were big contributors.

Men’s Friendly vs Bosnia

On Wednesday night, El Tri played their opening match of 2018, and thus began their preparation for Russia this summer. Again, 4 Tigres were present: Chaka Rodriguez, Javier Aquino, Hugo Ayala, and Jurgen Damm. Rodriguez played the entire game and looked solid; it will be interesting to see what Osorio does with him during the more serious warm-up matches later on in the year.

Javier Aquino played a decent first half, though fans will only remember one poor finish from him. Damm didn’t see the field at all.

But the star of the show was Hugo Ayala, who not only was solid defensively but scored a good looking goal to earn the win for Mexico. Ayala did a good job to lose his defender, and then put home a well placed header to put El Tri ahead. As it turned out, Ayala’s goal was the only one of the match. It was a good win for Mexico against a stingy Bosnia team, and overall a pretty good showing for Tigres on the international stage.

(Image Retrieved from Loop Jamaica)

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