Local players called into U.S. camps

The U.S. U-23, U-20 and U-18 women's teams and the men's U-18 teams have training camps scheduled this month, and there are local players involved.

The U-20 and U-18 women are in camp this week at Home Depot Center, and the U-18 men will train next week at the Carson-based complex.

UCLA women's coach Jill Ellis has 26 players preparing for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which begins July 13 in Germany. She'll choose her 21-player roster after another camp next month followed by a trip to Germany in June. The U-18 women, under Dave Chester, also are looking to impress Ellis; all are eligible for the World Cup.

Bill Irwin, the director of soccer at the University of Portland, has called in 24 of the country's best college players for next week's women's U-23 camp in Corvallis, Ore.

Local players involved (with hometown in parenthesis, current college or professional team high school/youth club for players from Southern California):


D Lauren Barnes (Upland), UCLA Upland High School/Arsenal FC

D Megan Jesolva (La Mirada), California Whittier Christian High School/Slammers

M Mariah Nogueira (Westminster), Stanford Marina High School/Slammers

F Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates), Stanford Chadwick School/Slammers


M Zakiya Bywaters (Las Vegas), UCLA So Cal Blues

M Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa) Newport Harbor High School/So Cal Blues

F Sydney Leroux (Phoenix), UCLA


F Michelle Cruz (Thousand Oaks) Thousand Oaks High School/Real So Cal

F Courtney Proctor (Santa Clarita) West Ranch High School/Slammers

D Dominique Richardson (Fullerton) Fullerton High School/Legends FC

MEN'S U-18

F Victor Chavez (Fontana) A.B. Miller High School, Real So Cal

M Luis Gil (Garden Grove), Real Salt Lake Santiago High School (Garden Grove)/Pateadores

M Emilio Orozco (Oxnard)  Oxnard High School/Rampage FC