Less than 48 hours after El Tri scored four unanswered goals to trounce the United States in Saturday’s Gold Cup final, the Mexican women rallied for a surprising 1-1 draw with England on the second day of the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
After England took the lead in the 21st minute, Mexico’s Monica Ocampo buried a shot from 30 yards out to knot the score in the 33rd minute in Wolfsburg.
The goal was just the second in World Cup competition for Mexico, which is making just its second appearance in the tournament and first since 1999.
Earlier Monday heavily favored Japan narrowly defeated New Zealand 2-1 in Bocham on Aya Miyama’s free kick. England was expected to contend with Japan for the top spot in the group.
The United States begins its quest for a third World Cup trophy Tuesday at 12:15 EST when they take on North Korea. Joining the Americans in Group C are Sweden and Columbia, who face off at 9 a.m.
Keep reading to meet the 2011 U.S. women’s national team...
Count 26-year-old midfielder Heather O’Reilly in the “very excited” camp.
Kicking off our WC journey tomorrow. Can’t wait. Off to lunch and some pre game meetings here in Dresden.
Here’s a video of the women’s national team’s recent photo shoot with Sports Illustrated.