Bishop Amat’s Natalie Rivas competing for Mexico’s U-17 National Team in World Cup qualifier games in Guatemala next two weeks


Above: Natalie Rivas, #6 for Mexico ..

While most high school girls are planning for the prom or summer, Bishop Amat’s super junior Natalie Rivas is with Mexico’s U-17 National team during a World Cup qualifying tournament in Guatemala City, Guatemala, which runs today through May 13. Rivas, best known for her clutch defending and scoring during Amat’s playoff runs the past two years, qualified for Mexico’s final roster after training in Mexico City in April. Of the 20 players on Mexico’s roster, 11 play for American club teams, including 10 born in the United States, like Rivas. The U-17 qualifying tournament is comprised of eight teams hoping to claim one of three spots for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan later this year. The three teams favored to claim those spots will likely be the United States, Canada, and Mexico. However, one of the other five teams in the tournament could play the role of spoiler. Mexico and the U.S. play each other in the final match of their group on Monday, May 7th, at 3:30 p.m. All matches will be streamlined on CONCACAF TV

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  • Dual Citizen

    All of the ones who aren’t good enough to play for the U.S. most likely. Must be nice.

  • Fred Robledo

    It also comes down to opportunity, and just like with the U.S. men’s teams, there aren’t a lot of Hispanic players in the U.S. player pools.

  • Real talk

    Amat players always doing big thing! Let’s gooooo

  • real talk

    Dual citizen
    Like Fred said opportunity the US only gets players that have $ look at mexicos development players they give opportunity to everyone not just players that have money

  • Bumblebee

    Congratulations to Natalie. It must be a thrill and wish her the best of luck in the future.

  • BraveDad

    @ Dual Citizen,

    I really dont care about this issue, but I say congrats to this young lady. Bosco had a wrestler a couple of years ago who had dual citizenship and competed for Mexico in the World Games and he had a blast. As far as your post in which you said this young lady is not being good enough to play for the US: I am a 6th generation American and I am very proud to be an American, I wouldnt want to live anywhere else. The US produces the best athletes in the World. That said, over the years Mexico has destroyed the US in soccer, which makes your comment ridiculous, misinformed, and downright stupid!

  • Really

    @dual citizen…You’re a jackass! Those types of comments are poison.

  • Aaron

    First, congratulations to her on making it. But if she’s a dual-citizen…did she attempt to go to US trials?

    Oh and I hope the US U-17 team crushes them.

  • jcaz

    I often have mixed feelings when it comes to situation such as these. While many of us no doubt have backgrounds where a foreign language or maybe even another culture is prominent in our households, I nevertheless believe strongly that if your an American, then your an American.

    As for me, I was born in Mexico and my first language is Spanish, not English. I am very proud of may heritage and there is nothing on this earth that would make me feel any different about who or what I am.

    However, as many of you know, I also served in armed forces of this country including the United State Marine corps and the National guard. I am very proud of my service to the country that gave me everything that I currently am blessed to have. As I am sure many of us are in here right ?

    So, for what its worth (for me, and im just speaking about me here), “MY” country is the here and now. It is where I presently live at, and it is the place that I have chosen to have raised my children in.

    Embracing our cultural roots is a wonderful thing. However, my love for my ethnic background is never confused in my mind with some abstract idea of a cultural philosophy or even a life style that most, if not all of these people who venture to participate in these types of endeavors, would voluntarily choose to embrace on a daily basis. That’s why most of them live in America, and not “over there” am I not correct ?

    In any event, here’s my take on this. Why not allow the people who live and work in those countries, to play for their own national teams ?

    Personally I think its really unfair for what are basically foreigners, to pay and represent a country that they don’t even live in.

    Now, in all fairness to this young lady, I know absolutely nothing at all about her. It could very well be that perhaps shes just attending school here and that she is in fact, a permanent resident of Mexico. If that is in fact the case, then bravo for her !

    With that having been said, I can nevertheless understand many peoples desire to embrace their cultural roots. However, when I see folks like Cris Kaymen or even that one local coach who played for the Greek national team not all that long ago (and was featured on this blog), I often wonder, why would they do such a thing ?

    Do I have it wrong here fools ? Let me know if you believe that I do….

  • Fred Robledo

    It’s a personal choice, JCAZ, not a right or wrong to that question. It reminds me of a funny story my cousin Danny always tells. He was a speedster at Muir, played baseball in Mexico and later in the Giants farm system. He was so fast he use take bets as a kid and almost always won. He remembers watching the 1984 Olympics and noting that Mexico’s best sprinter wasn’t any faster than he was. To this day he calls himself the fastest Mexican on the planet in 1984 and said if his ticket to the Olympics could have come by representing Mexico, he would have proudly done it.

  • soccer fan

    2 weeks huh? What about school and finals? Oh, I forgot, it’s Amat: Sports first – edumecation second. HAHA

  • Anonymous

    As an Amat mom, I resent the last comment! The average GPA of many teams at Amat is above a 3.0. Get your facts straight before you comment. I have a girl there with 6 As and a B. She is a track participant. Many of her friends have similar or better GPA’s.

  • Joe Amat

    Since we’re talking academics, these are the numbers for Amat athletes this school year.

    BVolleyball 14 3.29
    GVolleyball 14 3.37
    BCross Country 20 3.04
    GCrossCountry 12 3.34
    BTennis 10 3.44 g
    GTennis 14 3.42
    BGolf 12 3.06
    GGolf 8 3.41
    BSwimming 18 3.09
    GSwimming 9 3.40
    BBasketball 12 3.14
    GBasketball 12 3.49
    BSoccer 22 3.07
    GSoccer 22 3.34
    Baseball 24 3.20
    Softball 16 3.34
    BTrack 59 3.05
    GTrack 43 3.11

  • Joe Amat

    I the interest of full disclosure…I also found it interesting that football was not included in the realease of these numbers.

    They should have been, regardless of the results because now others are only left to think the worst. I would point out thatt many football players who are multi-sport athletes are reflected in the other sports numbers.

  • jcaz

    BTW, meant to say “Folks,” not Fools….LOL

    As for academics at Amat, just keep in mind that Amat just doesn’t take just anyone. You have to make the cut so to speak.

    For example, even before my son attended Amat, he had to first take a test, just to see if he could get into the school.

    Nothing is automatic even if you were already attending a parochial school, as he was.

    Just an FYI to all you FOOLS, errrr folks….

  • Dual Citizen

    Check the records between the US and Mexico the last 13 years and see who is uninformed and ignorant there knee jerk. I am especially fond of the 2-0 ass whipping in the World Cup. without Azteca “smog” Stadium Mexico would have no wins other than June 2011.Fred knows i’m right.