ECNL - Three Texas Rush players to star in U17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica


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Kim Rodriguez (U15 ECNL), Emily Alvarado (U17 ECNL) and Briana Woodall* (U15 ECNL) are currently with the Mexico National Team participating in the U17 World Cup in Costa Rica. Follow their progress here!

Latest news from U17 Women’s World Cup is also available from or at Selección Nacional de México

March 27, 2014 – Costa Rica

Mexico's World Cup campaign is over with a 0-2 defeat to Japan in the Quarter-finals at Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño

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Emily in action pictured below!


March 23, 2014 – Costa Rica

Mexico lose to Nigeria 0-3.  Mexico had already qualified for the quarter-final stage and will face tournament favourites, Japan on Thursday. 

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Kim making a great tackle pictured below!


March 19, 2014 – Costa Rica

Mexico beat China 4-0 with defender Kim and GK Emily earning their second shutout of the World Cup.  The victory seals qualification to the quarter finals with one group stage game remaining.

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Pictured below:

Mexico starting 11 vs. Columbia played at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Costa Rica.

(Kim back row second from right and Emily back row second from left)


March 16, 2014 – Costa Rica

Mexico are off to a fantastic start at the U17 World Cup.  Both Emily Alvarado and Kim Rodriguez played a full 90 minutes in an impressive 4-0 win over Columbia in the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto.

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Mexico’s next game is against China on Wednesday.


March 12, 2014 – Costa Rica

The Mexico U17 National Team touched down in Costa Rica today, four days before the biggest soccer game of their lives.  Mexico take on Columbia in their opening group stage game of the U17 World Cup on Sunday. 

Texas Rush’s Kim Rodriguez and Emily Alvarado are expected to feature with key roles at the World Cup with both playing the majority of minutes in the pre-tournament preparation games.

The players arriving in Costa Rica and their first team meeting are pictured below:

travelling to WC    Team meeting 



March 6, 2014 – Mexico City

It is with regret that we inform you, Briana suffered an injury in the game vs. Venezuela and will require surgery to repair her torn ACL.  She will have the operation in Mexico and will be under the care of the National Team medical staff for the immediate recovery period following the procedure. 

“We are incredibly proud of BW’s achievements over the past 12 months and she deserved this chance to play in the World Cup.  The character she has shown to reach this level will be the same quality that will help her overcome this obstacle.  I have absolutely no doubt that she will earn this opportunity again in the future, she has both the ability and potential to play with the U20s and full national team in the future.  We wish BW, along with our other players that are currently injured, our best wishes and a speedy recovery.”  Andrew Squire - Director of Coaching ECNL

BW1 action

March 5, 2014 – Mexico City, Mexico.

The Mexico U17 National Team is half-way through their four game preparation series before departing for The World Cup in Costa Rica.

Mexico beat Venezuela 3-0 and 5-3 with Briana Woodall on the score sheet in both games.  Both Emily Alvarado and Kim Rodriguez played full games.  All three girls are hoping to earn their place on the final roster to travel to Costa Rica on March 13.  

Briana, who has been wearing the prestigious #10 jersey and has been listed as Mexico’s key player (along with Emily Alvarado) by ahead of the World Cup.

Pictured below:  Briana celebrating her first goal and Kim in action.

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March 1, 2014 – Mexico City, Mexico

Briana Woodall, Kim Rodriguez and Emily Alvarado, all current members of the Texas Rush ECNL program have been selected for the Mexico U17 Women’s National Team preliminary World Cup roster.

The players reported for the first of two preparation camps in Mexico on January 27 where a smaller preliminary roster will be selected to return for a second camp beginning February 15.  Thie final camp will last for 4 weeks before the final roster departs for the World Cup in Costa Rica on March 12.  Mexico has been drawn in Group D and will face Columbia, China and Nigeria on March 16, 19 and 23 respectively.  

Kim Rodriguez #5, Briana Woodall #10 (U15 ECNL) and Emily Alvarado #1 are pictured below prior to a warm up game at the National Team Training Center in Mexico.

Pre-game team



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