Previewing Colombian WNT

Colombia

FIFA Ranking: 28 (as of July, 2012)
Coach: Ricardo Roso
Number of Olympics Appearances: This will be Colombia’s first time participating in women’s soccer at an Olympics.
Group: G (United States, France, North Korea)
First match: Against North Korea on 7/25

The Colombian Women’s National Team is an up and coming team that will play the United States, North Korea, and France in group play (Group G). The team saw the biggest stage in Women’s soccer last summer when they qualified and participated in the Women’s World Cup. Although they walked away with a 0-2-1 record and did not move out of the group stage, their appearance in the competition showed that the team is on the rise.  Additionally, the draw in the World Cup came against North Korea, one of their group competitors. Several players from the World Cup team are currently NCAA Division I athletes in the United States. The team is young, with 15 of the players 22 years of age or younger and most players with under 20 caps.  Andrea Peralta is the team’s leading scorer, followed by Liana Salazar and both are players to keep an eye out for.

The team is preparing for the Olympics by heading to Switzerland to have a few friendly matches before kicking off in Britain. This should help a very young and generally inexperienced Colombian team. The team qualified for the World Cup and Olympics by reaching the finals of the 2010 South American Women’s Soccer Championships, but their position in the games is questionable. As we saw in Germany’s case, having different tournaments select the teams that qualify can sometimes bring us lower-tiered teams. Colombia will struggle in the group play, with North Korea looking to be their only opponent on their level. With that said, if Colombia is able to control the ball well and get good chances against France and the United States, they can hang tough. The United States only had one goal in the first half of their World Cup game before adding 2 goals in the second half. Colombia’s opponents should definitely be aware of Colombia’s speed and don’t-back-down attitude. Additionally, the addition of several Division I athletes will bring fresh faces and experience to the team. These players will understand the American style of soccer, and the USWNT should be aware that these players are just as excited about the opportunity for gold as any team in the tournament.

Colombian Team:

SANDRA MILENA SEPÚLVEDA LOPERA, Club Dep. Formas Íntimas (Ant)
DERLY STEFANY CASTAÑO CARDOZO, University of Kansas (USA)
KATHERINE NATALY ARIAS PEÑA, Washington (USA)
NATALIA ARIZA DÍAZ, Austin Peay University (Tennesse, USA)
YULIETH PAOLA DOMÍNGUEZ OCHOA, Club Dep. Estudiantes F.C. (Tolima)
KELIS JOHANA PEDUZINE VARGAS, Club Eba (Atlántico)
NATALIA GAITÁN LAGUADO, University of Toledo (Ohio, USA)
DANIELA MONTOYA QUIROZ, Club Dep. Formas Íntimas (Ant)
LIANA MILENA SALAZAR VERGARA, University of Kansas (USA)
CARMEN ELISA RODALLEGA, Club D. Carlos Sarmiento Lora (Valle)
MARIA CATALINA USME PINEDA, Club Dep. Formas Íntimas (Ant)
HAZLEYDI YORELI RINCÓN TORRES, Club XV de Piracicaba
LADY PATRICIA ANDRADE RODRÍGUEZ, Club Internacional (Bogotá)
TATIANA ARIZA DÍAZ, Austin Peay University (Tennesse, USA)
ANA MARÍA MONTOYA PROPHATER, University of Arizona (USA)
MELISSA MARIE ORTIZ MATALLANA, University of Flynn (Fla. USA)
ORIÁNICA VELÁSQUEZ HERRERA, Indiana University (USA)
INGRID JULIETH VIDAL ISAZA, University of Kansas (USA)

Sources:

 

http://utnews.utoledo.edu/index.php/07_11_2012/womens-soccer-player-checks-in-from-colombia-before-xxx-olympiad

http://www.iuhoosiers.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/070612aab.html

http://www.npr.org/2012/05/07/152191763/soccer-star-with-soap-opera-roots-aims-at-olympics

http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/group/london2012olympics/forum/topics/profesor-ricardo-rozo-names-his-colombia-women-s-football-team

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