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About the speaker
Sofia Huerta is a professional soccer player who plays for both the USWNT and the OL Reign. Born in Boise, Idaho, Huerta grew up in a family that valued sports, with her mother being a former basketball player and her father a former... More
Sofia Huerta is a professional soccer player who plays for both the USWNT and the OL Reign. Born in Boise, Idaho, Huerta grew up in a family that valued sports, with her mother being a former basketball player and her father a former soccer player. This environment sparked her interest in athletics from an early age.
Huerta attended Santa Clara University and played soccer for the Santa Clara Broncos from 2011 to 2014. During her college career, she was a 2x All-American and helped lead her team to the NCAA Final Four in 2013. In 2014, she was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year.
After college, Huerta was drafted by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft. She played for the Red Stars for three seasons, from 2015 to 2017, and was named to the NWSL Second XI in 2016 and 2017.
In 2018, Huerta was traded to the Houston Dash, where she played for two seasons. She was a regular starter for the team and helped lead them to the NWSL playoffs in 2018. In 2020, she was traded to OL Reign.
In addition to her club career, Huerta has also represented the United States at the international level. She made her debut for the US Women’s National Team in 2017 and has since made several appearances for the team.
Huerta made history in 2018 by becoming the first player to represent both the United States and Mexico national teams. She had previously represented the US at the youth level, but after not receiving a call-up to the senior team, she chose to explore her eligibility for Mexico, which she obtained through her Mexican grandparents.
Huerta made her debut for the Mexico national team in April 2018 and went on to play in several matches for the team. However, in early 2021, she announced that she had filed a one-time switch with FIFA to switch her international allegiance back to the United States, citing her desire to compete at the highest level and represent the country she grew up in.
Off the field, Huerta is known for her advocacy work. She has worked with various organizations to promote equality and inclusivity in sports. She has also been involved in various community initiatives, including volunteering with the Special Olympics.Less