World Cup berth reflects Mexico’s spirit
Mexico will play in its fifth CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship final thanks to a 2-1 semifinal win over Canada. (Photo: Roy Miller/Isiphotos.com)
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BRADENTON, Florida – Mexico’s long road to the 2018 FIFA Women’s Uner-17 World Cup reached an end on Sunday thanks to a 2-1 win versus Canada in the semifinals of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship.

There were some twists and turns along the way, but for Mexico DF Reyna Reyes, it was all worth it in the end.

“When this team first came together, we had a rough start but we just kept working and we never gave up,” said Reyes in an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com following the win over Canada.

“This team is like a family. It’s incredible. I can’t wait to be there,” added Reyna.

Sunday’s contest against Canada was tight throughout, with El Tricolor guarding a one-goal advantage the entire second half.

By the end, it took every ounce of strength for Mexico to get its World Cup-qualifying win.

“We knew that Canada were going to give us tough competition and that’s why we came out so hard and gave it all we had,” said Reyes.

Next up for Mexico will be the final against the winner of the United States-Haiti semifinal. No matter who Mexico faces, Reyes expects a difficult foe.

“We are planning for the final because we know it is going to be very tough,” said Reyes.

From there, Mexico will turn its attention to the World Cup in Uruguay and hope to go into the tournament well-prepared and ready.

“You can never stop getting better. We’re going to continue to practice and try to correct any mistakes we have made,” concluded Reyes.