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):
M Zakyia Bywaters (Las Vegas), UCLA; Southern California Blues
F Sydney Leroux (Phoenix), UCLA
G Rachel Boaz (Murrieta), Southern California Blues/Murrieta Valley High School
F Ariana Martinez (Moorpark), Real So Cal/Moorpark High School
F Martin Arrieta (Pasadena), LAFC Chelsea/Marshall Fundamental High School
M Marco Delgado (Glendora), LAFC Chelsea/Glendora High School
Adonis Amaya (Westminster), West Coast FC
Oscar Martinez (South Gate), FC Golden State
Joab Santoyo (Fontana), Arsenal FC