ⓘ Gina Oceguera


ⓘ Gina Oceguera

Regina Marie "Gina" Oceguera Schmuhl is an American-born Mexican former professional footballer who captained the Mexico national team at the 1999 FIFA Womens World Cup. She also played for American soccer team Bay Area CyberRays in the Womens United Soccer Association.


1.1. Playing career Club

In 2000 Oceguera played for Womens Premier Soccer League WPSL team Sacramento Storm.

She was drafted by San Diego Spirit ahead of the inaugural 2001 season of the Womens United Soccer Association WUSA. When Joy Fawcett returned to San Diego from maternity leave in mid-season, Oceguera was cut from the roster to accommodate her. She had totaled 18 minutes of action across two games.

The Bay Area CyberRays then picked up Oceguera, who was delighted to be signed by her local team. Her $1.000-per-month contract was small compared to the league average which was in excess of $40.000-a-year. An anterior cruciate ligament injury sidelined the CyberRays Australian defender Dianne Alagich and gave Oceguera an opportunity to play. She contributed to the teams success in winning the first ever WUSA Founders Cup.

In 2002, Oceguera-Eagleson - as she was then known - quit soccer to pursue a career in teaching.


1.2. Playing career International

A promising forward for Cal Poly Mustangs in college soccer, Oceguera was converted to a defender by Mexicos coach Leonardo Cuellar. She was one of several Californian players with Mexican eligibility to be called up by Cuellar. She played as a sweeper for Mexico at the 1999 FIFA Womens World Cup, captaining the team in their opening 7–1 defeat by Brazil.