01 de Mayo del 2017 12:54 pm.
What was once an idea to have professional women's football in Mexico has now turned into reality, and Santos Laguna is embracing the opportunity with its new team in the Liga MX Femenil.
The team, lead by head coach Armando Pedroza, will compete in its first tournament this week before the league officially begins in August.
Las Guerreras will join 11 other teams: Toluca, Monterrey, Club Tijuana, Chivas, Pachuca, Club Amercia, Pumas, Monarcas Morelia, Tigres, Cruz Azul, and Necaxa in the "Copa Liga MX Femenil," which lasts from May 2 - May 6 and will take place at the FMF's new headquarters in Toluca, Mexico.
Teams have been divided into three groups of four, and will play each other once. At the end, the two best-seeded teams in the general table will play in the final on May 6.
18 players will make the trip from Torreon to Mexico and compete in Group 3 with Cruz Azul, Xolos, and Necaxa.
"There is a lot of talent (in this new league)," said Laura Irarragorri, President of Santos Laguna's charitable arm Guerreros de Corazon and official spokesperson for the women's team. "Before, we did not have the structure and there was no support for all that talent. Now the league is structured and it's a reality, it's something that we were expecting a long time ago and we are very content."
Having recently spoken to a local radio program at Territorio Santos Modelo, Irarragorri praised the corporate structure Santos has in place to support women in football.
"When TSM was built, we became the first stadium in Mexico to have a lockeroom area specifically for the women referees," she said. "So here we are committed in all areas to supporting women in sports and making sure they have what they need to be included and to be successful."
Las Guerreras open their Cup campaign on Wednesday, May 5 against Necaxa at 12:15 pm. They'll finish against Cruz Azul and Xolos on Thursday and Friday at 10:00 am and 12:15 pm, respectively.