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GALLERY: WNT Trains at LSU Before New Orleans Friendly

The WNT trained at LSU in Baton Rouge, La. ahead of its friendly against the Korea Republic on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans (7 p.m. CT; FS1). 


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WNT Oct 18, 2017

Five Things About U.S. WNT Defender Sofia Huerta

On Sept. 14, FIFA approved a change of national association for Sofia Huerta, making her eligible to represent the United States at the international level. Huerta had previously represented Mexico at the youth and senior levels. The very next day, Huerta made her U.S. WNT debut, coming on in the 51st minute of the match against New Zealand in place of Taylor Smith. Here are five things you should know about the newest member of the U.S. WNT player pool:

The Gem State
Sofia Huerta was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, making her the first player from the state of Idaho to earn a cap with the USA.

Huerta grew up as the youngest of three children, with her sister Andrea (six years older), and brother Alex (four years older) and their parents Jody, a Wisconsin native, and Mauricio, who was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico.

“I lived in Boise until I left for Santa Clara in 2011,” said Huerta. “Boise is such a beautiful place. It’s outdoorsy, people are very active and everyone is really nice. I try to go back whenever I get a chance. My parents still live there.”

A Love for the Ages
While Huerta’s childhood may seem relatively normal and All-American, Huerta’s parents story is a fascinating one, and one that the 24-year-old is very proud of and loves to share.

"My mom was born and raised in Wisconsin and went to the University of Wisconsin,” said Huerta. “My dad, who was born in Mexico and was in an engineering program in Puebla, was selected as one of four people who earned a spot to go study in the engineering program at the University of Wisconsin during his junior year and that’s where my parents met. After that one year, my dad returned home but my parents kept in touch and stayed together, and then four years later after my mom was all done with school, she got a pretty cool graduation ticket from her parents – a one way trip to Mexico. And they’ve been together ever since. It’s crazy to hear my parents talk about their early years together. Sometimes I don’t believe some of the stories they tell!”

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WNT Oct 17, 2017

U.S. U-17, U-20 MNTs Reach World Cup Quarterfinals in Same Year

A hat trick from Tim Weah and comprehensive 5-0 win by the USA in Monday’s Round of 16 match against Paraguay at the U-17 World Cup in India perhaps overshadowed a significant achievement for the USA’s Youth National Team program.

The win pushed head coach John Hackworth’s U-17 side into the tournament Quarterfinals, matching the finish that head coach Tab Ramos’ U-20 team achieved at their World Cup in Korea Republic earlier this year.

The USA joins England, who the U-17s will face in Saturday’s Quarterfinal, as the only two nations to accomplish the feat in 2017. The U.S. U-20 MNT took Venezuela to extra time where they eventually fell 2-1 in their Quarterfinal defeat in June, while England advanced to the Final, where they eventually downed La Vinotinto 1-0 to win their first youth World Cup. Notably, U-17 MNT captain Josh Sargent (below) also took part in the USA's run at the U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.

The U.S. and England are far from the first two teams to reach the Quarterfinals of both tournaments in the same year. Since 1985 it’s happened 45 times, with the U.S. previously doing it in both 1993 and 2003.

That number decreases significantly when counted from 2007, the year in which the FIFA U-17 World Cup expanded to 24 teams and added an earlier knockout match before the Quarterfinals.

Prior to this year’s instances, it’s taken place just nine times and on eight occasions, at least one of the nation’s representative teams moved on to the Semifinals. 

See below:

Nations That Have Advanced to U-17 & U-20 World Cups in Same Year (since 2007)

Year

Country

Notes

2017

USA

U-17s Quarterfinal vs. England (Saturday); Lost U-20 Quarterfinal

2017

England

U-17s Quarterfinal vs. USA (Saturday); Won U-20 World Cup

2015

Brazil

Lost in U-17 Quarterfinal; Lost in U-20 Final

2015

Mali

Lost in U-17 Final; Finished Third in U-20 World Cup

2013

Uruguay

Lost in U-17 Quarterfinal; Lost in U-20 Final

2011

Brazil

Finished Fourth at U-17 World Cup; Won U-20 World Cup

2011

France

Lost in U-17 Quarterfinal; Finished Fourth at U-20 World Cup

2011

Mexico

Won U-17 World Cup; Finished Third in U-20 World Cup

2009

Italy

Lost both Quarterfinals

2007

Nigeria

Won U-17 World Cup; Lost in U-20 Quarterfinal

2007

Spain

Lost in U-17 Final; Lost in U-20 Quarterfinal

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U-20 MNT U-17 MNT Oct 17, 2017
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