Jan. 24, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU midfielder Monica Alvarado and the Mexican National Team will battle the United States National Team in the CONCACAF Group B finals Tuesday night at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
Tuesday’s outcome will determine with team will play the Group A champion and runner-up, either Canada or Costa Rica, in Friday's semifinals for a berth in the London Games.
In the past week in Vancouver, the United States has dominated the Dominican Republic (14-0) and Guatemala (13-0), while Mexico has cruised past Guatemala (5-0) and the Dominican Republic (7-0). Thanks to the 27-12 goals-scored differential, the United States needs only a draw to finish first, while Mexico needs a victory.
Alvarado and Mexico have been in this position before and defeated the United States, boasting a 2-1 decision in October 2010 for the semifinals of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. The result earned Mexico only its second trip to the World Cup.
In her first season with the Horned Frogs in 2011, Alvarado was one of three players to start all 19 games on the schedule. She made her presence felt early for the Purple and White, assisting freshman Natalie Werner for TCU’s first goal of the season against Lamar on Aug. 21. Alvarado also found the back of the net with a goal on the road at Stephen F. Austin and ranked fourth on the squad with 27 shot attempts.