ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – If Mexico successfully defends its CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship title in March, there is no doubt that a repeat will ultimately be well earned.
The tournament, to be contested from March 3-13, will result in three teams securing places in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Thursday’s draw at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort Hotel revealed that the Tricolor will have a trio of challenging Group B examinations against the Costa Rica (March 4), the United States (March 6) and Caribbean champion Jamaica (March 8). The top two teams will advance to the semifinals.
Head coach Christopher Cuellar acknowledged the difficulty of the task ahead, but emphasized the squad will do the all the necessary work prior to the first competitive ball being kicked.
“We know that it is a strong group,” said the 35-year-old. “We are preparing well. The team is ready. We are going to work to the fullest in order to achieve our goal of qualifying for the World Cup.”
Cuellar believes that with the exact opposition finally identified, it will help boost training into another gear.
“We can now start our final phase of preparation,” he expressed. “We now know our opponents. We are doing our homework, getting to know the opponents and now we prepare for the first match.
“We are going to be ready for the competition. We hope that things go well for us again this time.”
Mexico has qualified for the last three U-17 Women’s World Cups, advancing as far as the quarterfinals in 2014.