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Centennial graduate Huerta inks pro soccer contract with NWSL

Sofia Huerta signed a contract with the Chicago Red Stars, the National Women’s Soccer League team announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not available. The Red Stars used the second pick of the second round of the January draft to select the 2011 Centennial High graduate. Huerta finished her senior season at Santa Clara University in the fall with 17 goals, more than half of her team’s total, and earned the co-West Coast Conference Player of the Year award. The forward also garnered third-team All-American honors for the second year in a row. Huerta played for Mexico at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2012 and entered a 2013 game against the U.S. as a second-half substitute for Mexico’s senior team. The National Women’s Soccer League is a nine-team league founded in 2013 as the top Women’s soccer league in the U.S. The Red Stars’ season kicks off Saturday, April 18, with the home opener against current NWSL Shield holder Seattle Reign. Huerta is listed as a forward on the roster.