A dozen boys and 10 girls who live or play for clubs in the L.A. area are in U.S. Soccer camps this week designed to identify talent at the under-14 level. The youngest U.S. national teams are for the U-15 age group, but annual U-14 camps are used to begin tracking players for national team consideration as they get older.
The boys are training under Seton Hall University head coach Manny Schellscheidt through Saturday in Concord, Mass. The girls are in Portland, Ore., through Friday, with U.S. Soccer national staff coach Mike Dickey in charge.
Pasadena-based LAFC Chelsea has five boys in camp, and Woodland Hills-based Real So Cal (boys), Temecula-based Arsenal FC (girls) and Laguna Hills-based West Coast FC each have three players participating.
One of the boys in Concord is Justin Vom Steeg, the son of UC Santa Barbara men's soccer coach Tim Vom Steeg.
Here are the local players, with club and hometown.
Billy Abdallah (LAFC Chelsea; Monterey Park)
Luis Carbajal (Santa Barbara SC; Ojai)
Chet Castellaw (Real So Cal; Hidden Hills)
Daniel Crisostomo (LAFC Chelsea; Chino)
Malcolm Jones (LAFC Chelsea; Chino Hills)
Benny Lorca (Real SoCal; Oxnard)
Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana)
Jorge Ruiz (LAFC Chelsea; Mission Hills)
Christian Segovia (Real So Cal; Palmdale)
Dylan Smith (Fullerton Rangers; Anaheim Hills)
Alejandro Vergara (LAFC Chelsea; Long Beach)
Justin Vom Steeg (Santa Barbara SC; Santa Barbara)
Hanna Armendariz (Arsenal FC; West Covina)
Victoria Bolden (Arsenal FC; Etiwanda)
Reema Bzeih (unattached; Irvine)
Sarah Chase (West Coast FC; Rancho Santa Fe)
Indigo Gibson (So Cal Blues; Rancho Santa Margarita)
Chloe Hemingway (West Coast FC; Irvine)
Hannah Lopiccolo (West Coast FC; Coto de Caza)
Annia Mejia (Arsenal FC; Bloomington)
Erika Okuma (So Cal Blues; Rolling Hills)
Mayra Pelayo (Arsenal FC; Compton)