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La Jornada: Duel at Azteca, the exact setting for Vergara’s debut: Fabi Vargas

Karla Torrijos

La Jornada newspaper
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, p. a11

The next game of the Mexican women’s team at the Azteca stadium will be the right scene for the debut of the new tricolor technical director, Mónica Vergara; In addition, it talks about the importance that women are currently giving in our country to women’s football, said coach Fabiola Vargas.

This meeting, which will take place on Saturday, February 20, will be the first of the two friendly matches that the Women’s Tri will play this month against the Costa Rican national team. The second will be held on Tuesday 23 at the facilities of the High Performance Center (CAR).

For Vargas, former Necaxa coach, the match at Coloso de Santa Úrsula is something very positive for the players of the Liga Mx Femenil, since “it motivates them to seek a place in the national team, and those who were called up will have the opportunity to know the value of wearing the tricolor shirt in a venue as significant as that, where even I once dreamed of playing.

It seems to me that this goes hand in hand with the changes that have been made recently in the structure of all female representatives, which, nowadays are led by women, and I believe that, in some way, it is also the result of all the work that we have done both in the Mexican league and at the national team level.

Likewise, he estimated that the first match against the Ticas is also a reward for Vergara, who achieved with the Mexican U-17 women’s team the runner-up in the Uruguay 2018 World Cup.

“The process that Monica has had (in national teams) has been very good. She started in the minors and with all the experience that she gained first as a player, and then everything she learned as a coach in each of the categories, I think she earned the position. She is also very well prepared, as a technique she is very well known, precisely for all this process that she has carried out since she was little. Soccer is her life, I have known her since she was 14 years old and she has been in all the selective, today that she is given the opportunity to lead the Tri Mayor and it seems to me that it is well deserved, “he said.

Finally, the former national team also regretted that the duel at the Azteca stadium will take place behind closed doors; however, he trusted that the players could “feel the emotion of stepping on that majestic stage representing Mexico. Monica was there when El Tri played against Japan, 18 years ago, the stadium was full and I know she will be able to transmit that pride to this new generation ”.