‘Compete with the big dogs’: new era beckons for the Dominican Republic

Having become the first senior team to represent the country at a major tournament, sights are set on a professional league

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They came, they saw and they … lost heavily. Five-nil, 8-0 and 3-0 in fact. But on this occasion it did not matter, or not much. The key bit was the “came” as the Dominican Republic women’s team became the first senior side to represent the country at a major tournament.

They beat Guyana 1-0 to qualify for the Concacaf W Gold Cup and, despite the USA, Mexico and Argentina proving too strong at the tournament, the captain, Lucía León, was proud of the players. “We were tired,” she tells Moving the Goalposts. “Four games in 10 days and some players arrived having not played competitive games for a couple of months because of their club schedules or not having a club so training by themselves. So I think putting all that into consideration, we did a good job.”

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