Houston Dash goalkeeper Bianca Henninger is part of Mexico’s roster for next months four-team tournament in Brazil.
Henninger went through the United States youth national team system but is yet to get a look at the senior level. She holds a Mexico passport.
Mexico will play Brazil, Canada and Croatia in a four-team tournament starting Dec. 9 in Brazil.
El Tri’s goal is to return to Brazil next year for the Rio 2016 Olympics, but the task is tall. On Monday, Mexico was drawn into Group A with the United States, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico for CONCACAF Olympic qualifying in February in Texas. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals and the two semifinals winners advance to the final, but more importantly to the 2016 Olympics.
Mexico will likely be fighting for the second spot in Group A with Costa Rica, and would then likely have to upset Canada in the semifinals to advance to the Rio Olympics.
Henninger was 3-4-3 in 10 games for the Houston Dash this NWSL season, with a goals against average (GAA) of 1.1. With starter Erin McLeod departing the team, she could be Houston’s new No. 1. Now she has a shot at the international level, too.
Mexico’s full roster for the Brazil tournament:
1. Aurora Cecilia Santiago Cisneros (GK)
2. Bianca Moreno Henninger Moreno (GK)
3. Alejandra Gutiérrez Carrillo (GK)
4. Bianca Elisa Sierra García (DEF)
5. Rubí Marlene Sandoval Nungaray (DEF)
6. Valeria Aurora Miranda Rodríguez (DEF)
7. Yadira Toraya Guerrero (DEF)
8. María Guadalupe Cruzaley Parra (DEF)
9. Greta Alejandra Espinoza Casas (DEF)
10. Eliza Mariel Gutiérrez Velasco (DEF)
11. Janelly Farías Rodríguez (DEF)
12. Karina Crystal Cisneros Cepeda (DEF)
13. Karla Paola Nieto Castillo (MID)
14. Lydia Nayeli Rangel Hernández (MID)
15. Sandra Stephany Mayor Gutiérrez (MID)
16. Teresa Noyola Bayardo (MID)
17. Esmeralda Verdugo Romo (MID)
18. Claudia Lisbeth López Guerrero (MID)
19. Mónica Desiree Monsivais Salayandia (FWD)
20. Renae Nicole Cuellar Cuellar (FWD)
21. Paloma Zermeño Rodríguez (FWD)
22. Monica Ocampo Medina (FWD)
23. Maribel Domínguez Castelán (FWD)
24. Tanya Nicole Samarzich Ruíz (FWD)
25. Katlyn Alicia Johnson Carreón (FWD)