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Get ready to cheer for a Boise native on the U.S women’s soccer team

Boise native Sofia Huerta received approval of her eligibility to play for the U.S. women’s national soccer team Thursday from FIFA.
Boise native Sofia Huerta received approval of her eligibility to play for the U.S. women’s national soccer team Thursday from FIFA. Courtesy of U.S. Soccer

After waiting months for a decision, Boise native Sofia Huerta learned Thursday FIFA has approved her eligibility to play for the U.S. women’s national soccer team.

Huerta could play for the national team as soon as Friday or Tuesday as the U.S. hosts a pair of friendlies against New Zealand. Both games will be nationally televised. Friday’s game is at 8 p.m. on ESPN, while Tuesday’s game is at 5:30 p.m. on FS1.

“I want to thank U.S. Soccer for the opportunity, and I sincerely appreciate the work that went into getting this change done,” Huerta said in a U.S. Soccer news release. “Now it’s about working to continue to improve and trying to earn my chance to get on the field.”

The Centennial High graduate needed to file a one-time change of national association after playing for Mexico at the U-20 World Cup. She also made five appearances with the Mexican senior team, including in a 2013 friendly against the U.S.

Born and raised in Boise, the 24-year-old dual citizen has trained with the U.S. national team as it prepared for this week’s friendlies against New Zealand. She also trained with the team this summer during the Tournament of Nations.

“My dream is to be on that World Cup roster in 2018, and then the Olympics,” Huerta told Lifetime in an interview before Sunday’s game between her Chicago Red Stars and FC Kansas City. “Just to be a constant player on the national team, that is my dream. Right now, I’m just looking forward to completing that in any way that I can, because it’s not guaranteed.”

France hosts the next Women’s World Cup in 2019.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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