Sofia Huerta

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Huerta in 2017
Personal information
Full nameSofia Christine Huerta
Date of birth (1992-12-14) December 14, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Boise, Idaho, United States
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Club information
Current team
Houston Dash
Number 23
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2011–2014 Santa Clara Broncos 81 (47)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2015–2018 Chicago Red Stars 74 (22)
2016–2017Adelaide United (loan) 12 (8)
2018– Houston Dash 12 (5)
2018–2019Sydney FC (loan) 12 (2)
National team
2012 United States U20
2012 Mexico U20 4 (3)
2012–2013 Mexico 4 (2)
2017– United States 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of February 16, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 12, 2018

Sofia Huerta (born December 14, 1992) is a Mexican-American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League.

Mexican Americans Americans of Mexican heritage

Mexican Americans are Americans of full or partial Mexican descent. As of July 2016, Mexican Americans made up 11.2% of the United States' population, as 36.3 million U.S. residents identified as being of full or partial Mexican ancestry. As of July 2016, Mexican Americans comprised 63.2% of all Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. Many Mexican Americans reside in the American Southwest; over 60% of all Mexican Americans reside in the states of California and Texas. As of 2016, Mexicans make up 53% of total percent population of Latin foreign-born. Mexicans are also the largest foreign-born population, accounting for 25% of the total foreign-born population, as of 2017.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Midfielder association football position played on both ends of the field

midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards. Some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation; the collective group of these players on the field is sometimes referred to as the midfield.

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Huerta played collegiately for the Santa Clara Broncos from 2011 to 2014, before starting her professional career with Chicago Red Stars. She was traded to Houston Dash in 2018.

Santa Clara Broncos college athletics teams representing Santa Clara University

The Santa Clara Broncos are athletic teams that represent Santa Clara University. The school colors are red and white. The mascot is a bucking bronco and the fans are referred to as the "Ruff Riders". The Broncos compete in the NCAA Division I (NCAA) as members of the West Coast Conference of which Santa Clara is a charter member.

Chicago Red Stars soccer team and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Chicago Red Stars is an American professional soccer club based in Chicago, competing in the National Women's Soccer League, who play their home games in SeatGeek Stadium. The team was a founding member of Women's Professional Soccer, and played in the league in 2009 and 2010. After leaving the WPS in December 2010, due to financial issues, the team reorganized and joined the Women's Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. In 2012, the team competed in Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, the single year this league existed. Since 2013, the team has been competing in National Women's Soccer League.

Houston Dash professional womens soccer team based in Houston, Texas

The Houston Dash is a professional women's soccer team based in Houston, Texas. They joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the 2014 season.

Having represented Mexico internationally, Huerta filed a one-time switch and debuted with the U.S. women's national soccer team on September 15, 2017. After facing her former national team on April 8, 2018, she became the first female player to play both for and against the U.S. national team and the Mexican national team.

Mexico womens national football team womens national association football team representing Mexico

The Mexico women's national football team is governed by La Federación Mexicana de Fútbol.

United States womens national soccer team womens national association football team representing the United States

The United States Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning three Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic women's gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cups, and ten Algarve Cups. It medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF.

Early life

The daughter of Mauricio Huerta, an electrical engineer, and Jody Jensen Huerta, Huerta attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. She played soccer, basketball, and ran track. She was named Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year twice in soccer, playing for FC NOVA, All-Idaho First Team Basketball selection (2011), and set high-school records for fastest time running the 100 and 300-meter hurdle races (2011). She was also named to several All-Academic teams (2007–2011). [1]

Centennial High School (Idaho) four-year public secondary school in Boise, Idaho

Centennial High School is a four-year public secondary school in Boise, Idaho. Although located in Boise, it is part of the West Ada School District; at the time of its construction, CHS was in unincorporated Ada County. The West Ada district's second of five traditional high schools, Centennial opened in 1987 and serves neighborhoods in northwestern Boise and northeastern Meridian. The centennial of Idaho statehood was observed in 1990.

Boise, Idaho State capital city in Idaho, United States

Boise is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Idaho, and is the county seat of Ada County. Located on the Boise River in southwestern Idaho, the population of Boise at the 2010 Census was 205,671, the 99th largest in the United States. Its estimated population in 2016 was 223,154.

Santa Clara Broncos, 2011–2014

Huerta was a four-year starter as a forward for Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. As a freshman, she was All-West Coast Conference, scoring eight goals and two assists. As a sophomore, she was again All-West Coast Conference and NCAA Division 1 Women All-West Region Second Team. She scored six goals and six assists. As a junior in 2013, she was again First Team All-WCC, scoring 16 goals and with 8 assists, leading her team in goals scored and tying for the lead in assists. She was a third-team All-American selection. [2] In her senior year in 2014 she scored 17 goals with 3 assists and was again a third-team All-American selection and co-player of the year in the West Coast Conference. [1]

Santa Clara, California City in California

Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California. The city's population was 116,468 as of the 2010 United States Census, making it the ninth-most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of San Francisco, the city was founded in 1777 with the establishment of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, the eighth of 21 California missions. The city was later incorporated in 1852. The mission, the city, and the county are all named for Saint Clare of Assisi.

Club career

Chicago Red Stars, 2015–2018

Huerta was drafted to play for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League in the college draft on January 16, 2015. She was the eleventh player selected overall. [3] On May 9, 2015, with teammate and United States international forward Christen Press away at World Cup training camp, Huerta scored her first 2 professional goals in a 3–0 win against Boston Breakers to place the Red Stars at the top of the NWSL league. [4] She was subsequently named NWSL Player of the Week for week five. [5] In week six of NWSL season Huerta scored 2 goals against the Houston Dash to level the score and tie the match, and was named Player of the Week for week 6. [6] On June 3, 2015, Huerta was voted NWSL Player of the Month for the month of May by the media. [7] On September 9, 2015, the NWSL announced that Huerta was selected as a finalist for the NWSL Rookie of the Year Award for the 2015 season, along with Sam Mewis and the eventual winner, fellow Red Star Danielle Colaprico. [8] [9]

The 2015 NWSL College Draft was held on January 16, 2015 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

Christen Press American professional soccer player

Christen Annemarie Press is an American soccer striker who plays for Utah Royals FC in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team. Press previously played for the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and Tyresö FF in the Damallsvenskan in Sweden and magicJack in the WPS.

Boston Breakers soccer club and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Boston Breakers were an American professional soccer club based in the Boston neighborhood of Allston. The team competed in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). They replaced the original Breakers, who competed in the defunct Women's United Soccer Association, as the Boston area's professional women's soccer team.

Huerta was on the Second XI of the NWSL in 2015 as a forward and in 2017 as a midfielder. On April 24, 2018 she was named player of the week by the NWSL. [10] The NWSL Media Association named Huerta player of the month for April, [11]

On June 16, 2018 it was announced that Huerta would be unavailable for Chicago's match that night against the Portland Thorns due to a pending trade. [12] On June 18, 2018, Huerta and Taylor Comeau were traded to the Houston Dash as part of a three team trade which also included the Utah Royals. [13] Huerta had requested the trade in hopes of getting more playing time as an outside back, which is the position where USWNT coach Jill Ellis had Huerta playing for the United States. [14]

Loan to Adelaide United

In October 2016, Huerta was loaned to Australian W-League club Adelaide United along with her Red Stars teammates Katie Naughton and Danielle Colaprico. [15] Playing in the midfield, Huerta scored 8 goals and had 5 assists in a 12-match season. [16] [17] She was named Professional Footballers Australia Player of the Month for the W-League in January 2017. [18] Huerta was awarded Adelaide United's W-League Player of the Year at the club's annual award ceremony. [19] Huerta came in 3rd in the race for the Julie Dolan Medal receiving 17 votes. [20]

Houston Dash, 2018–present

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Sofia Huerta in 2018

After being acquired by the Dash on June 18, she starred in Houston's next game on June 22, where Huerta scored the Dash's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Portland. [21] Huerta played primarily as a midfielder and forward for Houston, even though she wanted to play outside back. [14] She appeared in 12 games and scored 5 goals. Huerta was named to the NWSL Second XI. [22]

Loan to Sydney FC

It was announced on September 28, 2018 that Huerta would be joining Sydney FC in the W-League for the 2018–19 W-League season. She was one of four American players joining the club, alongside former Red Stars teammate Danielle Colaprico, Aubrey Bledsoe of the Washington Spirit and Savannah McCaskill of Sky Blue FC. [23] When Huerta signed with Sydney they agreed to play her at outside back, as she hopes to get called back in to the USWNT. [14]

Huerta played in every minute of every game in the 2018–19 season for Sydney. She scored a goal in Sydney's semi–final match against Brisbane, which Sydney won 2–1. Huerta scored again in the Grand Final, helping Sydney to a 4–2 victory over Perth, winning the 2018–19 W-League Championship. [24]

International career

Huerta was not selected by the United States team for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan in August 2012. She joined the Mexican team instead. Playing with a broken elbow, she scored three of Mexico's seven goals in its two win and two loss performance. [25] In December 2012, Huerta played for the Mexico women's national football team at the City of São Paulo International Women's Football Tournament, scoring two goals. Huerta was a second-half substitute for Mexico in its September 4, 2013 match with the United States. In December 2014, Huerta announced that she was not going to continue to play with the Mexico national team, but would attempt to become a member of the U.S. national team. [26]

The United States Soccer Federation announced in July 2017 that they were submitting a request to FIFA to change Huerta's affiliation to the United States women's national soccer team. [27] The change was approved on September 14, 2017. [28]

Huerta earned her first cap for the United States versus New Zealand the next day (September 16, 2017), coming on as a substitute in the 51st minute. She also was credited with her first assist for the United States for her pass to Alex Morgan in the 79th minute of her debut game. [29] Huerta thus became the first female player to play both for the United States national team and against the United States national team (as a member of the Mexican team). [30]

Huerta was on the provisional roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship but was not named to the final 20 player roster. [31] She has not received a call-up to the USWNT since June 2018 after being called in to every camp in the past year, because of this Huerta has sought out club opportunities to play outside back in hopes of getting back on the roster. [14]

Career statistics

As of February 16, 2019

ClubSeasonLeaguePlayoffsTotal
AppsAssistsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Santa Clara Broncos 2011–122228
2012–131766
2013–1422816
2014–1520317
total811947
Chicago Red Stars 2015 193610206
2016 202710217
2017 244610256
2018 1123111
total741122307722
Adelaide United (loan) 2016–17 1258128
Houston Dash 20181235125
Sydney FC (loan) 2018–19 123222144
Career total19341873019387

Honors

International

USWNT

Club

Individual

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