Mia Fishel becomes first foreign-born player to win Liga MX Femenil's Golden Boot

Lizzy Becherano
Mia Fishel wins Liga MX Femenil's Golden Boot.
Mia Fishel wins Liga MX Femenil's Golden Boot. / Andy Bao/GettyImages

Mia Fishel made history on Monday, becoming the first foreign-born player to win Liga MX Femenil’s Golden Boot. The forward concluded the 2022 campaign with 17 goals, outscoring competitors to stand out in the Mexican league. 

“I would like to dedicate my achievement to my family, team, and management group for their everlasting support and belief in me,” Fishel wrote on Twitter. 

“The best is yet to come as we head into the Apertura 2022 playoffs and championship run. I have no doubt we are capable of securing a 5th championship!”

The 21-year-old joined Liga MX ahead of the 2022 regular season, after opting out of playing in the NWSL. Despite being drafted fifth overall by the Orlando Pride, Fishel decided to sign for Tigres Femenil. 

“I’m all about disrupting the norm and taking charge of your life,” Fishel wrote on Twitter at the time.

Since arriving, Fishel has made it a point to advocate for the Mexican league. 

​​“Tigres came in very strong with a presentation about the Tigres family, the media recognition that they have, playing in stadiums every game and their training as well,” said Fishel, after a couple games with Tigres.

“I knew that coming in, there was going to be a lot of questions about, you know, ‘is the league going to develop her?’ But the training and the players are very intense. It’s very serious here.”

Though Fishel has proved herself abroad, her efforts have yet to earn her a USWNT call up this year. 

“So Mia is on our depth chart and is I wouldn’t be wouldn’t be able to say where she’s at,” head coach Vlatko Andonovski told reporters following the release of the roster for the October friendlies, which featured 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson. 

“We’re monitoring her form and her performances. I had a very good conversation with her, and she understands where she’s at.”