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.