El Tri Femme Fatales :Team Mexico Advances to 4 finals


FIFA U -20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP GERMANY 2010,Team Mexico, Female El Tri have their ticket to the quarter finals & as group Group C winners.  They earned their pass with a  tie against Nigeria. With only 15 minutes on the clock, it was make it or break it time.  It was  Miss  Alina Garciamendez’s equalizer  in the second half  that sealed the deal.  Nigeria often had possession of the ball , but failed to take advantage of vital opportunities. The constant pressure in the form of a relentless and adamant defense by team Mexico lead to many errors by team Nigeria. At 16′ came the first goal of this match when Nigeria’s Ebere Orji nailed a rebound. Things were getting tricky, at halftime Charlyn Corral one of the best on the team (Mex) was substituted by Natalia Gómez Junco.

Later Nigeria would come dangerously close to a second goal, exhaustion and all  Mexican goalie, Santiago pushed the limits of her body and abilities to shut down said would be goal. However, that almost second goal was not the only worry for team Mexico, news that  Japan was beating England meant that the probability of them being eliminated was looming. With agile control of the ball, guard up, and  registering all angles,  team Mexico’s Alina Garciamendez showed everyone that team Mex was hungry and did not want to go home.  The game was called by official Cristina Petersen, team Mexico lead by coach is  Roberto MEDINA. Mexico earned 1st place in its group with 5 points and more goals than second place Nigeria who also earned 5 points, in third was  Japan who had 4 points,  and England came in with 1 pt. Team Mexico’s next rival will be the winner of the USA vs South Korea game.

FOLLOW TEAM MEXICO DURING THE  FIFA U -20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP GERMANY 2010.

Get scores, news, pictures on the latest matches, get to know the team at their official Fifa Page:

http://www.fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/photo/photolist.html#1276482

http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/seleccion-mexicana/noticias/2010/07/21/nigeria-1-1-mexico-la-femenil-sub-20-logro-sufrido-e-historico-pase-a-cuartos

Advertisements

Cool Mexican of the day Part 2


A BRIEF BIO OF MARIA ESPINOZA. VIDEO TRANSLATION:
MARIA: “It all started with a pair of boxing gloves. My dad would put them on me.”  NARRATOR: This story begins in La Brecha Sinaloa, with a population of merely 2,500. There are no paved streets, here the bare, raw paths are traveled. MARIA’S AUNT: “We may be poor economically speaking, but we have a lot of heart, & that is beautiful.” NARRATOR: This is a town that does not think twice about lending a helping hand. Maria was taught early on that in order to eat, one has to do more than just sit at the table and request. MARIA: “We had to find a way. We had to work to put food on the table. We come from a family of fishermen, so we had to work as merchants.”  Her mother did not like being absent from her home , but the economic necessity made it so that Maria and her siblings had to be without her. Thusly, Maria found in her grandfather(on her dad’s side) her best friend. MARIA : “I would enjoy going to visit my grandpa, growing things, farming. It was my way of learning how to grow up tough, learning how stand up to life”
MARIA’S GRANDMA: “We had many animals at our home, & Maria always loved riding and interacting with them.”  NARRATOR: Eventually boxing became a fleeting thing. Thanks to heredity she found out she had more potential with her feet than with her hands. She feels indebted to her grandmother for this. MARIA’S GRANDMA: “I have a very large foot. I’ve always had a large foot,  it’s even bigger now that I’m older, I ‘m 74.  Instructor Ruben Contreras was Maria’s first coach at a gym in La Brechea.
MARIA: “My first competition was in Hermosillo when I was about 5 or 6, my daddy accompanied me on that occasion.” MARIA’S UNCLE:  “Early on we saw Maria was a good brawler.”  MARIA: “I went to the competition with such joy & energy, I was just a kid. I was like “Wow an actual competition & it’s going to be outside of my city in Guasave! I’m going to meet new kids!  I had to battle this young man who was taller then me, I always partnered with him, because there weren’t any girls. So it was like, Oh well let’s do it.  There was no other way. I was just happy to be competing.”  Then her first disillusion came, her 1st teacher, the one who ignited Maria’s love for Taekwondo decided to leave La Breacha in order travel to the capital in Sinaloa to look for different opportunities. That was Maria’s 1st brief brush with the sport. MARIA: ” A cousin told me later on that there was Tae Kwon Do instruction in the city of Guasave,  & I decide to attend.”  From La Brecha to Gusave=30 miles. Her dad was away at sea, her mother working as well, but at just 10 years of age Maria found the perfect solution, during what she calls the best chapter of her life .
Her great journey began at noon after she would come out of school.
MARIA: “So that’s 1 hour from La Brecha to Guasave, arrive at the gym around 2:00 pm, train from like 4-5 then back home again.”  NARRATOR: These are the echoes of Maria’s adventure.  MARIAS’ AUNTS: “Some buses would collect money later on , not at the moment you got on, sometimes Maria was so tired that by the time the collector came around she was fast asleep. During those times they did not charge her.  There were times when buses with two doors came to pick her up & she would shoot in the back door. As soon as the door opened she slide for home with all her might.” MARIA:  “There was a couple of times that I would just give they driver a coin, not the full fare & dash in. I was thinking of my family and our situation.”
Hardships, escapades & all,  Maria had decided Tae Kwon Do would be her life. In Guasave she met a new trainer, Rolando Garcia. Rolando: “Maria would always spar with guys. Maria is so strong that, generally the girls couldn’t withstand her kicks. The guys too were weary of sparing with her, they’d say “No coach, please not Maria”.  NARRATOR: Maria spent her days between school, fishing, and martial arts. MARIA: “There was a tourney in Monterrey in ‘02.  I didn’t fare so well, but at that point I decided that I really wanted to earnestly commit to this sport. ” It was during this tourney when she experienced her utmost bitter heartbreak. When she was away competing her grandfather died. MARIA: “I was away training, competing, and at that same time he was…He passed away. Up to this day he has helped me a lot, he contributed to my embracing the sport,  has helped me  in my personal life… I’ve had some tough moments.”
Maria  went on to join the youth national team & she obtained a medal in the adult division at age 15. The time came when she had to leave her hometown & move to San Luis Potosi to fully concentrate on her training at a higher level. She soon realized however, that not everything had gone according to plan. MARIA: “While staying in San Luis, I went through rigorous training, &  I felt that at times instead of going a step forward, I went a few steps back. There was a time when I felt like, I just want to go home. I can’t, just cant’ anymore.” She moved forward however & during an international competion in Brazil she was up against a Brazilian opponent for the final. MARIA:  ” Up against a local, all of the audience rooting for her. I had never been so nervous. It was one the toughest battles I’ve ever experienced. ” Narrator:  It came down to a single point, one kick would decide it all.  MARIA: “To win under such circumstances, with my opponent having home court advantage was like a bomb.”  Maria’s next goal now was, a ticket to the Olympics.

Chido(cool) Mexican of the Day


Today’s chido Mexican is Olympic athlete Maria del Rosario Espinoza.  Miss Espinosa bestowed Mexico with the honor of  a gold medal in Tae Kwon Do in Beijing.

VIDEO TRANSLATION:

Three days after Guillermo Perez covered himself in glory Maria Espinosa made good on the predictions that situated her among the best in the world, and won the second gold medal for Mexico in Beijing. Maria’s journey to Beijing: Maria won bronze in the Central American games, then went on to be crowned world champ at the Panamerican level . After that she went on to victory in the Beijing Olympics. All this with just 20 years of age. In order to triumph in her first Olympic games Maria had to make many sacrifices. (Maria) “First of all I had to sacrifice my family, the time that I had with them. I had to be apart from them, I was no longer living and sharing with them. I had to leave friends and those closest to me behind. I now had to dedicate my full attention to Tae Kwon do.”

Maria beat her Tunisian opponent 4-0. In the quarter finals she defeated her Swiss contender who did not shake her in the least 4-2 . During the semi finals she beat her British opponent Sarah Stevenson 4-1, an opponent which up to that point she had not defeated.  This bout was especially controversial, as the British athlete had been defeated by China’s representative earlier, but due to an appeal sought by her team the decision was modified. This caused Chinese supporters to root for Maria. During the final Maria felt the support & comradery from her fellow compatriots who filled the stands of  the Beijing University of Science and Technology. Their warmhearted cheers in her support made her feel at home. She beat her opponent, Norwegian /Korean  Nina Solheim 3-1.  After emerging victorious the first thing Maria did was graciously hug her opponent. She remained graceful and poised until the moment when she received congratulations from her trainer, at that point she couldn’t help tears of joy rolling down her cheeks. Maria worked very hard to achieve her dreams, &  always pictured hereself high atop the podium. Guillermo Perez and Maria Espinoza are two athletes that brought home the gold for Mexico.
Tae Kwon Do has always brought good results for Mexico. We are sure that with athletes like Guillermo & Maria we will be able to keep harvesting  medals.

Mexican Soccer league: On the way to the 2010 Bicentennial Tourney


The “Bicentennial Tournament” will simply be the regular Closing Tournament renamed in honor of Mexico’s Bicentennial festivities.  As with the end of every championship & eve of every new competition , excitement, mystery, uncertainty, and plenty of anticipation fill the air as talks & decisions  for change take place.

*For complete calender of Bicentennial games please see bottom of post.

One of the biggest stories from the draft this time around deals with  my beloved golden foot &  favorite captain of my dear Chivas : Ramon “Ramoncito” Morales who is going through quite a trying ordeal with the future of his career being in limbo. Ramoncito was completley snubbed by the “Liga de Acenso” (ascending league) during the recent draft.  * The Mexican league is dived into 1st division and the afore mentioned league. After tournaments, teams are evaluated & will either qualify to ascend to 1st division or “descend” to the latter.  Now many are saying that favorable or not his only two choices are : To remain with Chivas Guadalajara where he has a standing contract or go abroad.  The reason why a move was so vital, even if it was to the Acenso league, he will be part of the bench during  The “Bicentennial Tournament” & as for the 2010 Interliga(the InterLiga is a football competition between Mexican clubs to determine qualifying spots for that country in South America’s premier club) Chivas will not take  part in this tourney & if he remains he will see no play time.  At length he was offered a position by Queretaro & the MLS, but Mr. Morales said that it seemed only reasonable & proper for him to go ahead &  finish out his current contract with Guadalajara.
*Another notable change affecting Chivas, Adolfo “El Bofo” Bautista after having a very prosperous run with Jaguares (Chiapas) will return to  “The sacred flock” (Chivas)
WANNA FOLLOW THE MEXICAN SOCCER LEAGUE ?? For Stats, pics, vids, interviews & much more, Check these links out!

As for other major events taken place during the draft, I present the following “Highs(altas) & lows (bajas)of the draft” chart  with the names of teams & their new players. Source & credits: elvueloaguila.blogspot.com