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Mexican star Maribel Dominguez will play in the inaugural LA Viking Club as part of the host team. Photo courtesy of LA Viking Cup

Women's Soccer News: Mexican Legend Maribel Dominguez Will Play in the Inaugural 2012 Viking Cup Tournament

Maribel Dominguez, the most prominent Mexican woman footballer of all time, will participate in the 2012 LA Viking Cup, as part of the host team. The announcement was made by LA Viking Club President and Tournament Director, Robert P. Kleinberger.

The Mexican National Women's Soccer Team striker known as “Marigol” will join the international stars that make up the LA Vikings, to face the other tournament participants: California Cosmos, the Women's National Soccer Team of Trinidad and Tobago and the Philippine Women's National Soccer Team in the tournament to be held in Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium between November 23 and December 1.

Born in the State of Mexico, Dominguez started playing football in local teams, mostly male sides. In 2002 she emigrated to the United States to play with the Kansas City Mystics. In its first year she became one of the best players in the American League with 17 goals, the second top scorer in the championship game and the tournament MVP.

After the demise of the club, she joined the Atlanta Beat, where he was runner-up in the women's professional league (WUSA) in 2003. However, the North American Championship was dissolved a few months later and "Marigol" returned to Mexico to prepare for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

In December 2004 Maribel Dominguez achieved great fame, after announcing a deal to play in the men's professional league in Mexico with Atletico Celaya. The signing got the nod of the Mexican Soccer Federation but ultimately, the world football governing body, FIFA, prevented her from playing, ruling that there must be a clear division between male and female football.

"I just wanted the chance to try. Would have failed if it had been the first to say that I could not, but at least I'd tried," she said at the time.

In 2005, Dominguez signed for FC Barcelona, a team that was struggling to stay in the Super League top flight of women's football in Spain. Her signing caused a media buzz. She debuted on January 30, 2005 with a hat-trick against Torrejón, in a game that her team won by 5-3. Her goals contributed to maintain the category, after which she renewed her contract for one year.

In 2006 she was signed by Catalan’s Estartit Euromat of the First National Division. In just half a season, she played a leading role, scoring 22 goals that led the Girona club to a championship and the first ascent of its history to the Superliga. In the 2007/08 season in her return to the Super League, Maribel Dominguez scored 15 goals.

As captain of the Mexican Women’s Soccer Team she is the player with the most games played and goals scored in the history of Mexican Soccer. Dominguez has scored 70 goals in 90 games since making her debut on the national team in 1998.

In 2002 she was part of the Mexican combo who managed a bronze medal in the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup.

She was the top scorer of the 2004 Athens Olympic qualifying with nine goals, achieving the first ranking in the history of Mexican women's soccer for the Olympic Games. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, the Aztec team reached the quarterfinals and Dominguez scored the only goal for the team in the tournament

In 2011, she was part of CONCACAF’s second place team that played in the World Cup. Earlier this year she was part of the Pre-Olympic qualifying tournament held in Vancouver, where the team was eliminated in route to the 2012 London Olympics. Dominguez scored 17 goals in the qualifying round and three more in the Canadian tournament.

Without a professional league in Mexico or in the United States, Maribel sees her participation in the 2012 Viking Cup, as a challenge and the opportunity to play in a competitive tournament with top World Class players.

"I like to return to the U.S. and return to play competitively. Football has been my passion and it will be interesting to play with a talented group, in an official competition, especially before the public in California," she said.

Dominguez has the distinction of being the only Mexican player to have appeared and scored for the Mexican team in Olympic Games, World Cup, Gold Cup and Pan American Games.

Tickets are now available via the tournament’s official site: http://www.lavikingcup.us.

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