So Cal Blues Forward Ashley Sanchez, 17, Selected for U.S. Women's National Team
Ashley Sanchez was born in 1999 - the same year the triumphant United States women's national team won the World Cup on home soil.
Now just one week after Ashley's 16th birthday, the So Cal Blues striker has been called up to the national senior squad for the upcoming games against Columbia.
Sanchez, from Monrovia, CA, is already committed to UCLA following her 2017 graduation.
She recently helped lead the USA to qualification for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Grenada, scoring five goals over the five games. The USA defeated Canada 5-0, in the semifinal and then beat Mexico 2-1 in the championship game to win the regional title.
Ashley won the Golden Ball award as the best player in the tournament.
Her skill and versatility put her in the running for the senior squad. Check out her two goals against Jamaica in one of the qualifiers on March 4, 2016 that made it impossible for national team head coach Jill Ellis to ignore her.
The So Cal Blues had three other players in the U-17 national team - Hillary Beal, Karina Rodriguez, and Kennedy Wesley. Another Blues star, Ashley Soto, played for Mexico.
Ashley joins Mallory Pugh, of Real Colorado as the second 17-year-old in the senior squad.