Waves' Alvarado Competes for Mexican U-20 Side in Cayman Islands
Jan. 28, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine freshman forward Taylor Alvarado competed with the Mexican U-20 National Team this month as the squad finished runner-up at the CONCACAF Women's Under 20 Championship in the Cayman Islands.
Mexico outscored its first four opponents 22-2 before falling to two-time defending champion USA in the final. Alvarado got the start at forward in Mexico's final game. It was Alvarado's first competition with the U-20 team since she previously represented Mexico on the U-17 team that advanced to the 2012 U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.
"We are incredibly proud of Taylor," said Pepperdine Head Coach Tim Ward. "She is not only an incredibly talented footballer, but she is genuinely a wonderful human being. To go and have those international world cup qualifying experiences is a major blessing for a young player as it is hard to recreate that kind of pressure on the training pitch. Whether Taylor is starting or coming on as a sub in her international matches, she continues to improve. It was really fun to see her get the start against the U.S. in the final."
The second place finish at the CWU20 tournament qualified Mexico for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada, Aug. 5-24.
This past season for the Waves, Alvarado (Santa Paula, Calif./Santa Paula HS) made her collegiate debut, appearing in all 19 games and starting eight.
"It is a major compliment to her quality that she continues to get a run on the Mexican national side and follow in the footsteps of some other Pepperdine greats who have reached the international stage," said Ward. "Pepperdine soccer is committed to supporting and developing our players. We endeavor to help our players reach their dreams of competing at the highest level of women's soccer in the world."
Alvarado is part of a growing legacy of Waves competing on the national team stage. Three former Waves competed on their respective national teams at the highest level; Roxanne Barker (South Africa), Anisa Guajardo (Mexico) and Anna Picarelli (Italy). Pepperdine Alum Megan Woods and current Wave standout Lynn Williams have also both participated in U.S. National Team training camps, and Wave star Michelle Pao received an invite to a U.S. training camp, but couldn't attend due to injury. Pao was recently drafted by Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League. She was the second Pepperdine alum drafted since the league's inaugural draft in 2013 as Barker was selected by Portland Thorns FC.