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Boise native called up to U.S. women’s national soccer team, faces eligibility question

Centennial High graduate Sofia Huerta, right, will train with the U.S. women’s soccer team this summer during the Tournament of Nations.
Centennial High graduate Sofia Huerta, right, will train with the U.S. women’s soccer team this summer during the Tournament of Nations. Courtesy of Dan Bartel, ISI Photos

Centennial High graduate Sofia Huerta has long dreamed of playing for the U.S. women’s soccer team. That dream became one step closer to reality as the national team invited her to train with it during the 2017 Tournament of Nations this summer.

Huerta was not named to the 23-player roster for the tournament, but the invitation provides the Chicago Red Stars midfielder/forward a chance to make an impression with U.S. national team coaches as the federation settles questions of her eligibility.

Huerta, a 25-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, scored three goals for Mexico at the U-20 World Cup in 2012 after she was cut by the American U-20 team. She also played in five friendlies for the Mexican senior team.

Because of her experience with the Mexican senior team, Huerta is currently not eligible to play for the United States. But U.S. Soccer said in a press release it is petitioning FIFA on her behalf.

The United States will host Australia on July 27, Brazil on July 30 and Japan on Aug. 3. The U.S. roster for the tournament features many of its top players, including Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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