DP’s Pickett selected to USA national youth team

Kiara Pickett

Kiara Pickett

U.S. Soccer’s U17 women’s team will have Dos Pueblos’ Kiara Pickett on its roster when the Americans host a four-team international tournament this week at the National Training Center in Carson.

Pickett, a sophomore for the Chargers, also plays club for the Camarillo Eagles.

The Americans face Mexico on Wednesday at 6 p.m., followed by Canada on Friday and Japan on Sunday.

“We feel very fortunate that U.S. Soccer has given us another opportunity to host one of the top international tournaments in the world for this age group,” said U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow. “The inaugural event last year was a huge success and for the women’s game to continue to grow it’s critical that we provide a platform for our players to play against the best international competition at a younger age.”

Snow has called in 21 players for the tournament. Five of the 21 are from California.

Complete Roster — GOALKEEPERS: Hillary Beall (SoCal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.) Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Melbourne, Fla.), DEFENDERS: Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.), MIDFIELDERS: Emina Ekic (Javanon SC; Fairdale, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Ohio), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas), and FORWARDS: Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Taryn Ries (FC Portland; Portland, Ore.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Fort Collins, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth), Olivia Wade (La Roca FC; Kaysville, Utah).

The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first two tie-breakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking. All six matches of the tournament will be shown live on ussoccer.com.

It’s the second year of the tournament. Team USA beat China, New Zealand and Japan last year to win the inaugural event.

Pickett will miss Dos Pueblos’ final Channel League game on Tuesday but will return for CIF playoffs that begin next week.