U.S. 2nd in the Nations Cup in Mexico, improving U.S. chances at making Barcelona Finals
- April 23, 2018
- By SARA CAVANAGH
A young and inexperienced team rose to the occasion in Coapexpan, Mexico on April 22 to place second by one fault to Canada, giving the U.S. a big boost going into Langley, Canada, which is the third and final Nations Cup qualifier for the Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona this fall.
"Our situation for Barcelona was enhanced by this young team," said Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland. "We had been worried about Mexico fielding a strong team on their home turf, but they had an unfortunate first round, which helps up going into Langley. Mathematically, we're not qualified, but our situation is better."
Going into Mexico, Canada led with 100 points, U.S., was second with 75 and Mexico was third with 55, so a win by Mexico could have been a big problem for the U.S.
But the Mexicans had a troublesome first round, accumulating 21 faults, and then had three of their riders go clean in the second round to finish third on 21 faults.