(Nov. 25, 2014) - Breakers defender Bianca Sierra and the Mexico Women's National Team are in the midst of the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, and through Monday, Mexico led the medals count with 199, in a competition that features 46 sports. Sierra and her teammates have a chance to add to that medal count.
(Nov. 25, 2014) - Breakers defender Bianca Sierra and the Mexico Women's National Team are in the midst of the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, and through Monday, Mexico led the medals count with 199, including 72 gold in a competition that features 46 sports. Sierra and her teammates have a chance to add to that medal count. Tuesday, Nov. 25 (4 p.m. ET), Mexico plays Costa Rica in the semifinals. The winner advances to Thursday's final against the winner of Colombia and Venezuela. The losing teams meet Thursday in the bronze medal match.
"The Central American Games have been an amazing experience so far," Sierra said. "The hotel we stay at is right on the beach, and all the other athletes from Mexico are in the same hotel. Getting to talk and hang out with the other athletes that represent our country is awesome. We all want to win gold and being able to support each other and cheer each other on is pretty special. Also, playing in our home country is such an honor. The fans have been amazing. Every game has been sold out. Hearing the stadium sing the National Anthem together gives me chills every time."
Bianca Sierra played in 11 matches for the Breakers in 2014 (Photo by Mike Gridley)
Even though the 2014 National Women's Soccer League season ended in August for Sierra, the former Auburn University star hasn't stopped playing. She's represented Mexico a number of times since then, including the CONCACAF Women's Championship. Mexico breat Trinidad and Tobago, 4-2, in the third-place match, which qualified Mexico for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.
"Going from the World Cup qualifiers in the U.S. almost straight into another tournament has been a huge help," Sierra said. "We have been together consistently for almost three months now and have established a set way we want to play. We know each other's tendencies and are clicking better than ever."
Now, Mexico is focusing on Costa Rica, a team they lost to, 1-0, at the CONCACAF Women's Championship back in October.
"Playing Costa Rica in the semis today is huge," Sierra said. "We know how bad it hurt when they beat us in Kansas City, and we know we didn't have a very good first half. We are past that game and ready to give it our all today for a chance to play for a gold medal in our own country. Winning a medal would be such an honor. But winning a gold on our own territory is what we are striving for. Before the tournament started, we set our goal high, and our goal is to win gold, not only for us, but for our country and all the fans that support us and are here cheering us on from all over Mexico. It would also be a massive confidence booster for our team. This is our last tournament of the year, and we want to finish strong."