This past week, eight U-15 nations faced off in the Copa Mexico. Nigeria was supposed to be one of the nations in Mexico’s group, but a last minute call to not participate caused Mexico to send its third division squad to take Nigeria’s spot. Here is what the groups looked like…
Chile, Mexico, Mexico 3rd division, Canada
Spain, USA, Colombia, Costa Rica
From Group A, Mexico and Mexico 3rd division advanced. From Group B, Colombia and Spain went through to the knockout rounds. In group play, Mexico and Mexico 3rd division faced off but it was Mexico with a 4-0 victory. The underdogs would get a chance at redemption in the knockout stages. The game went into penalties as it was tied 2-2, and the Mexico 3rd division shocked Mexico winning on penalties 5-4. Colombia also went to penalties and were able to defeat Spain to setup a final with Mexico 3rd division.
It was a close match all the way through, as Mexico 3rd division and Colombia needed extra time to find a winner. The score remained 2-2, as they headed to penalties. Mexico 3rd division pulled off the cinderella victory winning 6-5 in the penalty shootout. As a Mexico fan, it is hard not being excited for the youngsters. Not only that they won, but were the 3rd division back-ups for Mexico and were able to pull off the upsets! It has been a fun experience to see so many Mexican youth squads winning these tounrnaments. As we have seen since the 2005 U-17 World cup, Mexico appears to be making great progress!