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Watch Boise’s Huerta set up a goal in debut for U.S. women’s soccer team

Boise native Sofia Huerta poses for a photo after making her first appearance for the U.S. women’s national soccer team in a friendly against New Zealand on Friday.
Boise native Sofia Huerta poses for a photo after making her first appearance for the U.S. women’s national soccer team in a friendly against New Zealand on Friday. Courtesy U.S. Soccer

Boise native Sofia Huerta has always dreamed of playing for the U.S. women’s soccer team. But her first appearance had to exceed even her wildest dreams.

The Centennial High graduate tallied an assist Friday as the U.S. beat New Zealand 3-1 on in Commerce City, Colo.

Huerta subbed into Friday’s friendly against New Zealand on national television in the 51st minute as a defender. But Huerta found herself on the attack soon, lofting a cross to the far side of the penalty area to Alex Morgan in the 79th minute.

Morgan settled the pass and banged home the third goal for the U.S.

Huerta became eligible to play for the U.S. national team Thursday when FIFA granted her one-time change of association. Huerta needed approval because she played for Mexico at the U-20 World Cup in 2012.

Huerta, 24, is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico. Her father, Mauricio, was born in Mexico.

She is the first player from Idaho to ever play for the U.S. women’s national team.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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