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