Los Angeles Soccer: Michelle Cruz

Seven local players in U.S. camps

February, 14, 2011

Seven L.A.-area players have been called up for camps involving the U.S. under-23 and under-20 women's national teams and under-18 men's team.

The U-23 women are headed to La Manga, Spain, for a Feb. 21-March 2 tournament with Sweden's, Norway's and England's U-23 teams. Former UCLA midfielder Kylie Wright, a first-round pick by the Atlanta Beat in Women's Professional Soccer's draft last month, is among 10 WPS players on the U.S. roster.

The U-20 women opened a weeklong camp Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista and play the University of San Diego's women on Saturday.

The U-18 men began a nine-day camp Saturday in Phoenix. They have games planned against four MLS clubs: Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids on Tuesday, and Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers on Saturday.

The local players:

M Kylie Wright (Rancho Santa Margarita), Tesoro HS/UCLA, Atlanta Beat

F Michelle Cruz (Thousand Oaks), Thousand Oaks HS/University of Portland, Real So Cal
F Ariana Martinez (Moorpark), Moorpark HS/UCLA, Real So Cal
F Tawni Martino (Irvine), Beckman HS/Loyola Marymount, So Cal Blues

U-18 MEN
D Pablo Ocegueda (Riverside), Saddleback HS, UANL Tigres (Mexico)
M Luis Gil (Garden Grove), Santiago HS, Real Salt Lake
F Steve Palacios (San Clemente), San Clemente HS, United Football Club