The 2022 Women’s Copa América left very good impressions and results for the Colombia selectiondespite the fact that the championship was not achieved against Brazil who achieved their eighth title, those directed by Nelson Abadía managed to qualify for the 2023 New Zealand World Cup and the 2024 Olympics.
The historical scorer of the Colombian women’s team, Catalina Usme referred to the performance of the ‘Tricolor’ throughout the international competition and especially in the decisive match that was played against the ‘Canarinha’ at the Alfonso López Pumarejo Stadium in Bucaramanga.
The striker who has scored 37 goals with the Colombian national team He mentioned that the level of Brazil is impressive and its forcefulness was hampered and in many cases clouded thanks to the offensive play of the team led by Abadía. It should be remembered that the ‘Canarinhas’ won the game thanks to a goal from the penalty spot, the final of the 2022 edition of the Copa América ended with a close 1 – 0.
“Beyond not having won the final for us we did it, making a team like Brazil look bad is not easy, this team has it clear, it is very clear, now it’s time to think about the World Cupin what is to come and aspire to better things”, he mentioned to the microphones of La W Catalina Usme.
He also indicated that the selection process is on an upward curve thanks to the effort that each of the soccer players and members of the technical team have put in. “Every day we are more professional and we are at a better level, every day we can aspire to better things then well and to think about what is to come”.
Regarding the players, all had an outstanding performance, but one of the ones that stood out the most was Linda Caycedowho while still a young woman At only 17 years old, she ended up becoming the best player in the South American senior tournament.
The Deportivo Cali forward shone in the six games played, being the player who completed the most dribbles in the competition. Linda Caicedo added an assist and two goals, one being against Argentina in the semifinal, sealing the passage of the ‘Tricolor’ to the World Cup and the Olympics to be held in New Zealand and Paris, respectively..
The soccer player from Cali who debuted at just 14 years old in the Colombian Women’s Professional League, aroused praise and all kinds of flattery in the press, including the world soccer star, the Brazilian Ronaldo, who highlighted the youth and quality with the ball of the talented Linda.
“I know that the young Linda Caicedo, at only 17 years old, scored the decisive goal that put Colombia in the final, and it is impressive how at such a young age she is already showing a lot of talent”indicated the soccer legend prior to the final.
Liliana Maria Zapata Sierraex-soccer player, coach and director of the Sports Club Intimate Formswas in charge of delivering the award to the prodigious Caicedo, a symbol that gives hope to women’s soccer so that in the country entities such as DIMAYOR provide guarantees and budgets so that the Women’s League is allowed to be carried out continuously.