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Daniela Cruz using first Liga MX Femenil season to prepare for World Cup

Daniela Cruz came to Liga MX Femenil as part of the league’s ‘Costa Rican boom.’ She talked about her move and why it’s important for her World Cup preparations.

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Daniela Cruz found herself in the market for a new club this past winter. She needed to get good, strong competition each week to help prepare for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

That’s how Cruz found Atlas in Liga MX Femenil, the top women’s league in Mexico.

“I’ve been following Liga MX Femenil for a while already. I had some friends and teammates who came here to play,” Cruz said, exclusively to The Equalizer, via Zoom. “Since the beginning, I knew the league was going to grow and grow each year. Mexico has a lot of talent with women playing soccer. I’m really happy for the country to develop such a good league. I wanted to come to Mexico to play because I know the level here is good. I know, with each tournament, there is growth.”

In her first season with Atlas, Cruz has cemented herself as a regular starter, starting 14 of 15 regular-season contests. She and Atlas are currently in the Liguilla, qualifying for the playoffs in seventh place. Cruz stated that the club and her experience in Mexico so far have exceeded her expectations.

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