Veronica Perez playing against Canada
Steve Goff Washington Post- 11/6/10
Former player and current coach at PSV Union FC Veronica Perez made world soccer history on November 5,th 2010 scoring the winning goal of the game as the Mexican Women's National soccer team defeated the USA Women’s National team in the 2011 Women's World Cup qualifying game. It was the first ever victory for Mexico vs. the USA and the first time the USA had lost in a qualifying game for the World Cup and considered the biggest upset in the history in women’s soccer history. As a result, for the first time, the #1 ranked USA Women's soccer team was in danger of not qualifying for the World Cup. As a result of this surprise loss, the USA then had to beat Italy home and away in playoff matches to make it to the World Cup Finals, where they eventually lost to Japan in the World Cup Final. The win by Mexico over the USA is a milestone in global women's soccer and even more profoundly may have helped permanently impact global women's advocacy in sports. It changed the landscape of women's soccer forever.
Carine, Simon and Gary Ireland trained Veronica between the age of 13 and 17 years of age both at PSV Union and in small groups and private training and helped prepare and train with Veronica prior to her WPS and Mexico National team tryouts. Since her playing days at the University of Washington, Veronica has always returned to visit her roots on numerous occasions to train and play with the coaching staff of PSV Union FC and help coach the kids. To see the hard work paying off after so many years is deeply gratifying not only for us but especially for Veronica. Witnessing a player who has been under our tutelage for so many years and someone who is on the coaching staff and a personal friend succeed is thrilling. We are so very proud of her and extremely excited about Veronica's future. You can find out more about Veronica on her Fan Page on the social media site for soccer, www.pass2me.com
San Jose Mercury News (article is archived on Pass2Me.com Fan Page)
San Mateo Times (article is archived on Pass2Me.com Fan Page)