USWNT: Sofia Huerta cleared to play for former foe

FIFA approved the Chicago Red Stars' Sofia Huerta  for a change of national association, clearing the way for her to represent the USA -- which she faced four years ago with Mexico -- in its two-game series against New Zealand that begins Friday night in Commerce City, Colorado.

Back and forth. Huerta was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, and attended Santa Clara University. Huerta played for Mexico at the 2012 Under-20 World Cup after being cut by the USA and was a sub for Mexico's senior team against the USA in 2013.

The youth appearance required her to file a switch to play for the USA at the senior level. Since the USA-Mexico game was a friendly, she wasn't cap-tied to Mexico.

'It just didn’t feel right.' She told the San Diego Union-Tribune this summer that USA-Mexico convinced her she wanted to play for the USA, saying "it just didn’t feel right" to be on the Mexico side. She was later injured and missed out of Mexico's qualifying campaign for the 2015 Women's World Cup, which would have tied her to play for Mexico.

Huerta's success with the Chicago Red Stars drew the attention of the national team coaching staff. She has scored 18 goals with nine assists in 60 NWSL games. She was a finalist for the 2015 NWSL Rookie of the Year Award and 2016-17 W-League Player of the Year while playing on loan to Adelaide United.

Red Stars contingent. As she awaited FIFA approval, Huerta trained with the USA at the Tournament of Nations and ahead of the series against New Zealand, which will conclude with a match Tuesday in Cincinnati.

She joins four other Red Stars on the national team: goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defenders Julie Ertz and Casey Short and forward Christen Press.

Role on the national team. National team coach Jill Ellis has spent much of the experimenting, bringing in many new faces and trying players out at different positions. That should go for Huerta, who is expected to be tried out at outside back.

5 comments about "USWNT: Sofia Huerta cleared to play for former foe".
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now, September 15, 2017 at 12:10 p.m.

    She was born and raised here. It shouldn't feel right for her to play against the US.

  2. R2 Dad replied, September 15, 2017 at 2:04 p.m.

    ...said non-female, non-hispanic, non-soccer-playing guy.

  3. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, September 15, 2017 at 5:45 p.m.

    What does being female have to do with it? I'd say the same thing for any number of male players. And how do you know if I'm Hispanic? Or, for that matter, at what levels I've played?

  4. Nick Daverese, September 15, 2017 at 3:51 p.m.

    Nice goal

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now, September 16, 2017 at 3:10 p.m.

    Beautiful assist on the the third goal for Huerta. Nice way to mark her debut.

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