The Mexican women's national team has improved drastically over the past 20 years, and for the first time in history the country will be making back-to-back appearances at the FIFA World Cup. One of the main reasons why is Lydia Nayeli Rangel, a 23-year-old midfielder who already has 70 caps with the national team. Rangel, who is captaining the team in this World Cup, also represented Mexico at the 2010 and 2012 Under-20 World Cups. Mexico reached the quarterfinals of both competitions, and hope to do the same in 2015. They will face tough competition from England and France to qualify. Rangel was born in Monterrey and has played most of her professional soccer in Mexico. Her best international accomplishment came in 2010 when Mexico defeated the United States in the semifinals of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, a competition for all of the teams in that region and a tournament that Mexico hosted. (Facebook: Nayeli-Rangel).
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