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Seven local players, two UCLA stars in U.S. camps

Four U.S. national youth teams are in or about to begin training camps, three of them at Home Depot Center in Carson, and several local players are involved:

  • The U-20 women's team, guided by UCLA women's head coach Jill Ellis, has a two-week camp in Carson and Chula Vista that begins Saturday at Home Depot Center. It will play two games against New Zealand's U-20s in Carson and two games against Mexico's U-20s at the ARCO Olympic Training Center near San Diego. The camp is preparation for the July 13-Aug. 1 FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup in Germany, in which the Americans -- among the title favorites -- will meet Ghana, Switzerland and South Korea in group play.

  • The U-18 women's team will on Sunday begin a one-week camp at Home Depot Center, the first step toward the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup. Coach Dave Chesler has included several players from the U-17 side that failed to qualify for this year's World Cup, falling on penalties to Canada in the semifinals, despite outscoring opposition, 38-0. The team has three games scheduled, one against the U-20s.

  • The U-15 boys national team is in Buenos Aires the next week, with games slated against Argentinos Juniors, Argentine and Bolivian youth national teams and a Rosario state select team.

  • The U-14 boys are in a week-long camp at Home Depot Center and will be playing U-15 teams from Southern California clubs.

Local players in these camps (with hometown in parentheses, followed by college affiliation and, where warranted, local youth club/high school):

WOMEN'S U-20

M Zakyia Bywaters (Las Vegas), UCLA; Southern California Blues

F Sydney Leroux (Phoenix), UCLA

WOMEN'S U-18

G Rachel Boaz (Murrieta), Southern California Blues/Murrieta Valley High School

F Ariana Martinez (Moorpark), Real So Cal/Moorpark High School

BOYS U-15

F Martin Arrieta (Pasadena), LAFC Chelsea/Marshall Fundamental High School

M Marco Delgado (Glendora), LAFC Chelsea/Glendora High School

BOYS U-14

Adonis Amaya (Westminster), West Coast FC

Oscar Martinez (South Gate), FC Golden State

Joab Santoyo (Fontana), Arsenal FC