Mexico won the second Nations Cup qualifier for Barcelona, making the final in Canada vitally important for the U.S.
- May 13, 2017
- By SARA CAVANAGH
A strong Mexican team just edged out the team from the United States to win the Nations Cup in Coapexpan, Mexico on May 5 by one fault.
Coapexpanwas the second of three Nations Cups in North America from which only two nations can qualify to compete in the final in Barcelona, Spain in the fall.
While the U.S., still leads in the series, it makes the final Nations Cup in Langley, Canada on Friday, June 2 a make-or-break competition for the U.S.
Both Canada and Mexico are sending strong teams, and Canada, having missed qualifying for Barcelona for the past two years, will be determined to win on their home turf to qualify for this year’s final.
If Canada wins, the U.S. has to finish second to qualify ahead of Mexico.
After two Nations Cups, the U.S. has 180 points, Mexico has 170, Canada has 160 and El Salvador has 55.
In Mexico, Alison Robitaille of Wellington, Fla., on Ace anchored the U.S. team and was one of only three riders to have a clean round.