2020 - Emi Ochoa - Academy

FEATURE: Emi Ochoa called to Mexico, United States youth national teams

On Monday, March 9, the U-16 Mexico National Team called Quakes Homegrown goalkeeper Emi Ochoa to a training camp in Mexico City. Just last week, Ochoa was in Chula Vista, Calif. for a training camp with the United States U-15 National Team. 

This is an exciting time for the 14-year-old who has now received call-ups from both nations. At Ochoa’s age, he can continue to represent both countries and absorb the experiences that come with it.

“We’re very excited and proud for Emi and his family during this time,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. “To be wanted by two federations is an incredible honor so as a club, we will fully support him as he enjoys the experience with both the United States and Mexico.” 

Since becoming the eighth Quakes Academy product to sign a Homegrown contract, Ochoa has trained and played exclusively with the U-15 Academy, led by head coach Luciano Fusco. With regards to what’s next for the young goalkeeper, Fioranelli believes Ochoa is already taking great steps in his development.

“We are dedicated to ensuring Emi has all the resources necessary to develop at his own pace. We strongly believe in his future and are being patient to maximize his growth as a player. We will certainly enjoy watching him take the next steps in his career.” 

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