Roseville teen competes for spot on U-17 Women’s National Soccer Team

By: Nick Pecoraro, Sports
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ROSEVILLE – Roseville resident and former Del Oro high student Kellie Pagador will compete in China next month as a member of the Under-15 United States Women’s National Soccer Team.

Pagador, who plays club soccer for Placer United, will be a sophomore at Independence High School in Roseville as a transfer from Del Oro over her freshman year. Even at just 15 years old, Pagador has already verbally committed to play soccer at Stanford.

Pagador, who according to Top Drawer Soccer, is a Four-Star recruit, was recently invited to compete with the U-17 Women’s National Team in Kansas City from July 12–22 among a group of 30-plus players from across the country. That number will be whittled down to just over 20 once International FIFA competition begins in Uruguay this November.

“It was very intense,” said Pagador of the Kansas City camp. “It was very competitive. We’re all competing for a spot. Everyone’s really good. That’s pretty much what they do.”

Some of the girls from the U-15 and U-17 teams that were in camp with Pagador are also Stanford commits and potential future teammates for the Cardinal.

Pagador, who will be in China to compete with the U-15 team from Aug. 15–27, said that if she plays well enough, there will potentially be another invitation to play with the U-17 team in its next camp Sept. 7–18 in Chula Vista.

Pagador said being one of the few girls that played soccer with the boys growing up helped her get to where she is now.

“It’s definitely what I want to keep doing,” said Pagador. “(Playing in the World Cup) would be a goal, for sure. I’m just trying to improve.”