Team Cyberlords+Falconbots won the final match of the RoboCup Mexican Open 2012 on Saturday April 28th becoming Mexican champions. The team is integrated by students and researchers from Universidad La Salle México and Instituto Tecnológico Superior de San Martín.
In the final match the team faced the local team Bogobots from ITESM. In this match, the star was the robot Max from Universidad La Salle who is well known to be the top scorer in Mexico and all Latin America. Max made an early shot during the first half which stopped just short of the goal line. The defender of the rival team made an attempt to clear the ball from the danger zone, but instead pushed it further a few centimeters scoring an own goal. In the second half, Max made an additional shot towards the rival's goal, which again stopped short. The goalie of the team, Tony, had a peaceful time in the tournament since no attempts to score on its goal were made by any of the other four contestant teams.
Team Cyberlords La Salle had previously conquered the Mexican championship on its debut tournament in 2008. The team also holds the Latin American championships from 2010 and 2011. Team Cyberlods+Falconbots is a joint team established in January 2012 for the purpose of participating together at the RoboCup World Championship to take place in Mexico City in June 2012. This is the first tournament in which the two teams present themselves together and the joint venture is already paying dividends.
Team Cyberlords La Salle faced team TKU from Taiwan in the second match of the second round. We had already won our first match and they had lost theirs. However, our next match would be against team FUmanoids, the sub-champions of the previous two world cups. This meant that we needed at least to tie this match to keep our chances alive. Team TKU also needed points, so there were high stakes in this game.
Close to the end of the match team TKU was leading by 1:0. It seamed like a done deal when one of their robots was in position to score yet another goal, but then Max turned the situation around. It reached the ball first, then turned around to face the rival goal and kicked the ball from one end of the field to the other. Despite the attempt of TKU's goalie this turned into the equalizing goal and the match ended 1:1.
This was our last game of the second round. Team FUmanoids had already won their previous two matches by an ample margin. It seemed almost impossible to beat the sub-champions of the previous two world cups. We needed at least to tie the match in order to advance into the quarter finals.
FUmanoids scored an early goal in the first half of the match. However, after that the match was very close. There were several score attempts from both sides. By the end of the second half, Max had a clear chance to score. He shot towards the goal but unfortunately the ball hit the right post and bounced back into the field. The match ended 1:0 for FUmanoids. Nevertheless, this was a very exciting match and we learned a lot from the competition.
Max scored a total of nine goals in four matches at the Latin American RoboCup Open 2011 in Bogota, Colombia. Team Cyberlords La Salle retained its title as latin american champion. The nine goals of Max represent a new record for our team: at the RoboCup 2011 world championship in Istanbul, Turkey we had scored seven goals and at the RoboCup 2010 world championship in Singapore we scored a total of six goals.
After winning the final game of the Latin American RoboCup Open 2011 in Bogota, Colombia, Tony and Max played a round of penalty shoots as an exhibition for the public who were eager to see more of our humanoid robots.
The participants in this competition were Alberto Romay, Ander Sanz, Andrea Pérez, Jorge Fierro, José Antonio Ortega and Luis Lupián.