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Monica’s status as a professional athlete has facilitated her capacity to be of service to others. She is the only female member of the prestigious Latin American Advisory Board to the MLS. She is extremely active in the Women’s Sports Foundation and regularly attends the all-female celebrity golf tournament, The Ladies First Golf Classic, benefitting an after-school program, GoGirlGo, aimed at getting and keeping more young women active. Monica helped with the expansion of GoGirlGo into Hispanic communities of Chicago in 2005. She is also on the advisory board of the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative and is an active member of the International Museum of Women.
In August of 2005, Monica visited eight United States military bases in Germany and Italy as part of a MWR Goodwill tour where she ran soccer clinics for children of U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afganistan.
Monica is an ambassador to SOS Aldeas Infantiles, a world-wide organization that provides villages for orphaned and abused children. FIFA has supported SOS for many years and has endorsed as its ambassadors soccer players from all over the world, including Wayne Rooney and Italy’s Totti. Currently, all of Monica’s clinics promote and raise money for this cause. In 2003, Monica was a VIP Guest Speaker at the Latino Expo in Houston where she shared her "success story" with a roomful of Hispanic business entrepreneurs. Monica will continue to serve as a community activist on both sides of the border and a pioneer in women’s soccer for years to come.
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Monica has been a member of the Mexican Women’s National Team since its inception in 1998 and served as team captain from 2003-2007. Monica was recently named by FIFA to the 2007 World All-Star Team. She currently has 82 international caps and 10 goals for the Tri-colores.
Monica is a founding member of the Mexican Women’s National Team. She holds a dual U.S/Mexican citizenship, which allows her to perform for the Tri-colores. Monica’s first international cap was against the USA at the Rose Bowl in March of 1998. At age 19, she competed at the highest level her sport offers, the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Since then, she has participated in several Gold Cups, the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2007 Pan American Games. Although Monica generally steps on the field as a sweeper, she has proven to be one of Mexico’s most versatile players, having played at every field position in international play.
In her free time, Monica tours Mexico, coupling soccer clinics with coach’s clinics in efforts to build women’s soccer across the country.