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Mexico fires women’s national team coach Monica Vergara

Monica Vergara’s team lost all three of its Concacaf W Championship group matches. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP via Getty Images)

Mexico women’s national soccer team technical director and head coach Mónica Vergara has been relieved of her duties, the Mexican Soccer Federation announced Monday.

Karla Maya also has been relieved of her duties as head coach of Mexico’s U15 squad.

In the interim, Miguel Ángel Gamero and Cristian Flores will coach the senior team in its next friendly matches, including a game against Angel City FC on Sept. 5.

The news comes one month after the federation fired its sporting director and national teams director. Initially, ESPN reported that Vergara had been dismissed as well, but federation president Yon de Luisa said her job would be determined by new leadership.

Vergara was named head coach of the senior national team in January 2021.

When the Mexican Soccer Federation announced the dismissals of sporting director Gerardo Torrado, national teams director Ignacio Hierro and men’s U20 coach Luis Pérez, it also announced the decision to create separate leadership structures for the men’s and women’s teams.

On July 21, Jaime Ordiales was named sporting director of the men’s team. They have yet to name a sporting director for the women’s team.

The moves come after the women’s team had a disappointing Concacaf W Championship, failing to qualify for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The team lost all three of its group stage matches despite the tournament being played at home.

“I’m not a person that gives up on things. Evidently, I’m going to be evaluated,” Vergara said following the team’s loss to the USWNT. “If the cycle finishes here, it’s been a spectacular ride.”

The team had been viewed as a favorite for one of Concacaf’s four direct spots in next year’s World Cup.

Vergara took full responsibility for the team’s fourth-place finish, saying she considered it a “personal failure.”

“We must salvage the good things that are developing in our country,” she added. “This women’s soccer project in our country is growing and it’s taking many solid steps.”