We have to talk about Mazatlán Femenil and it is that the start of the Clausura 2023 tournament has been a real earthquake that has done nothing more than show part of the ills of a team that historically does not compete. The ‘Gunboats’ do not have gunpowder or fuse and they have never played a league since its foundation, in the summer of 2020.

In three days, the Mazatlán women’s team is the worst of the season, without points, without goals and instead 18 goals against which makes it the worst defense, So things look set for another tournament without a league and at the bottom of the general table.

The results have already taken their toll, because after the 9-0 win against Rayadas de Monterrey, the sports director, Fernanda Delmar notified her departure from the club, after a year and a half, period in which he signed his three worst tournaments.

Gunboats without match or gunpowder: The failure of the Mazatlán project in the Liga MX Femenil
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The origin of Mazatlan

The Mazatlán project in the Liga MX Femenil It hasn’t worked, partly because it was born aimlessly and improvised. It must be remembered that this club was born after the move of the Monarcas Morelia franchise, after the cancellation of the Clausura 2020 tournament, due to the pandemic.

While the men’s team was informed and several of the players from that Morelia moved with all the facilities (housing, cars and contract) to Mazatlán, the women’s team was forgotten and the players became free agents after days of uncertainty. Shortly after, some players were made an offer to move to Mazatlán, with contracts were around between six and nine thousand pesos per month, insufficient to cover housing and travel expenses.

Only three players from the Monarcas Morelia squad moved to Mazatlán: Maria Sandoval, Michel Guerrero and Dehany Rodríguez. Of these three, only Sandoval remains on the team, while Guerrero and Rodríguez have been without a team since the summer of 2022.

María Sandoval Liga MX Femenil Mazatlán
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A team that goes from bad to worse

The Clausura 2023 is the sixth tournament in Mazatlán in the Liga MX Femenil and the team’s performance has declined. In its first tournament, Apertura 2020, the purple team finished in tenth place, with 21 units and in Clausura 2021, he was thirteenth with 18 points. Since then, the purple team has been stuck between places 15 and 17.

Why is it going from bad to worse? One of the reasons is the constant changes in its campus. For the Clausura 2023 tournament, the Sinaloan team announced eight new players, that is to say, almost a new starting team, which takes away the seriousness of the assembly of any campus.

Mazatlan in the Clausura 2023

The Mazatlán Women’s matches remind us a lot of the beginnings of the Women’s MX League, when the differences in level between one team and another were too noticeable, and we shot goals and a collection of bears, so we could say that in this club there is no evolution.

In only three games the team has conceded 18 goals, although they could have been three times or more, if it weren’t for their goalkeeper, Jenn Amaro, well, only Rayadas He shot on goal 29 times. Something like this also happened to them before Juárez, on the first date.

Along with Puebla, Mazatlán is the only team that has not scored goals after three days, It does not add points like Puebla itself, Toluca and Necaxa, but those are other stories.

Gunboats without match or gunpowder: The failure of the Mazatlán project in the Liga MX Femenil
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A team without investment

Tigres, Monterrey, Chivas and América have been characterized as the teams that have invested the most, the ones that have taken the women’s soccer part more seriously and therefore are the teams that have won titles. Teams like Pachuca, Juárez and around Atlas and Cruz Azul also sign up for this list, but the teams that flatly refuse to follow these steps are Mazatlán, Puebla and Necaxa.

In this way, these teams are checks to the bearer with almost certain three points for their clubs and at the same time they are unattractive teams for the fans of their respective stateswhich does not benefit the Liga MX Femenil.

After the win against Rayadas, the coach Jesús Padrón, with his hand short (well, not so short), referred precisely to these differences. “You have to touch a topic everyone knows and no one says. Those of us who have been fighting day to day and who are going to war with different weapons, know what I mean. When is the league going to be fairer and more competitive? Then we are going to compete with different weapons and you have to have excellent matches”.

What to do to reduce the differences in the Liga MX Femenil?

Liga MX has done little to regulate its own tournament, so that it leaves the way in which it manages its squads in the hands of each team and everything has remained in the hands of each team. debates to put a cap on the teams that invest the most so that clubs like Tigres do not dominate each tournament from head to toe.

However, there are other proposals that are perhaps fairer for the players and that is to put a minimum investment to each team that brings the teams closer to a fairer groundboth competitively and economically.

Or simply our league is not ready to put 18 teams to compete, not only in the women’s branch, but in the men’s.

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J. A. Allen

Author, blogger, freelance writer. Hater of spiders. Drinker of wine. Mother of hellions.

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