[WOMEN'S WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN] Mexico is off to Europe to begin final preparations for the Women's World Cup. Coach Leo Cuellar's squad will be one of the youngest at the tournament with six players 20 years old or younger. It features seven Mexican-Americans, including the Stanford duo of Alina Garciamendez and Teresa Noyola.
Goalie Cecilia Santiago is the youngest player on the team at the age of 16.
Other players who played for U.S. colleges include defenders Marlene Sandoval, Natalie Vinti, Natalie Garcia and Monica Alvarado (who has transferred from Mississippi State to TCU) and Veronica Perez, whose goal gave Mexico its historic 2-1 win over the USA at the 2010 Concacaf Championship.
Mexico will play Sweden Thursday in Gothenburg before heading to its base camp in Gottingen, Germany. It will play a local all-star team on Saturday and Australia in a closed-door match on Monday.
The Tri opens against England on June 27.
Goalkeepers: Erika Vanegas (no club), Pamela Tajonar (Atl. Malaga, Spain), Cecilia Santiago (Laguna).
Defenders: Kenti Robles (Espanyol, Spain), Marlene Sandoval (no club), Alina Garciamendez (Stanford Univ.), Natalie Vinti (no club), Natalie Garcia (Univ. of San Diego), Luz Del Rosario Saucedo (no club), Monica Alvarado (Texas Christian Univ.).
Midfielders: Evelyn Lopez (no club), Guadalupe Worbis (Itesem Puebla), Dinora Garza (UANL), Nayeli Rangel (UANL), Liliana Mercado (UDLA), Teresa Noyola (Stanford Univ.).
Forwards: Maribel Dominguez (L'estartit), Veronica Perez (no club), Sandra Stephany Mayor (UDLA), Charlyn Corral (Itesem Monterrey), Monica Ocampo (no club).