Lincoln - When the Nebraska
soccer team opens the 2012 season on Friday night in Norman, Okla., the Huskers
will be missing one player, as junior Ari Romero will be competing for the
Mexican Under-20 National team at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.
and her teammates are slotted in Group A with host country Japan, as well as
New Zealand and Switzerland. There are 16 teams total at the tournament in
four, four-team groups. Mexico opens play on Friday, Aug. 19, at 5:20 a.m. (CT)
when it takes on Japan at Miyagi Stadium in Miyagi. Mexico then meets
Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 2:30 a.m. (CT), again in Miyagi, before
completing group play on Sunday, Aug. 26, in Kobe at Kobe Univer Stadium with a
5:20 a.m. (CT) game against New Zealand.
Mexico advances past the group stage, the quarter-final stage starts on
Thursday, Aug. 30, with the semi-final stage on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and the finals
are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9.
earned a trip to the tournament by placing third at CONCACAF qualifying this
past March, as a 5-0 win over host nation Panama secured the bid. Mexico has
taken part in four of the last five FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournaments,
but have never advanced past the quarter-final stage.
failed to survive the group phase in 2002 (Canada), 2006 (Russia) and 2008 (Chile),
before winning its group at the 2010 World Cup in Germany, but lost in the
quarter-final stage to Korea Republic.