Rivera Enters Training Camp For Puerto Rican U-20 National Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Dominque Rivera is set to begin qualifying for the Puerto Rican U20 Women’s National Team and an opportunity to play in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.

PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI - Dominque Rivera of the NM State women’s soccer team is set to begin qualifying for the Puerto Rican U20 Women’s National Team today in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Rivera became the first player in program history to ever enter qualifying for any national team. “It’s insane,” Rivera said. “I’ve always dreamed about it and as soon as it was here, I was like ‘oh my gosh!’ It’s such a wonderful opportunity. I couldn’t be more blessed to have this. I get to represent my family and my country. It’s just amazing. I can’t put it into words.”

She will also have the honor of becoming the first player in NM State women’s soccer program history to qualify for national team.

“We do our best to recruit the best student-athletes possible and we believe Dom is one of those players,” said NM State women’s soccer head coach Freddy Delgado.

Qualifying begins today and will run through Oct. 19. The players will then get a chance to display their skills and what they’ve learned during training camp in a pair of matches against other U20 teams from Bermuda and the Dominican Republic.

Rivera, an Albuquerque, N.M., native played in all 12 matches for the Aggies before departing for training camp. The freshman also started in seven of those 12 matches, including her first two as an Aggie. Rivera recorded her first-career point in front of the Aggie faithful on Sept. 6 against Lamar when she connected with Aileen Galicia for NM State’s first goal of the game.

The St. Pius X High School graduate was also a stud in her prep career, guiding the Sartans to three district championships and two state titles – including a 21-3 team record her senior year. She was named second-team all-district in 2012 and first-team all-district in 2013 and 2014. Rivera was also named first-team all-state in 2013 and 2014 and was named the New Mexico State Player of the Year, District Player of the Year and 5A Player of the Year.

“It’s great to see a player of Dom’s caliber be rewarded for her hard work. It’s very exciting for her to not only represent New Mexico State, but New Mexicans as well.”

Rivera will also periodically write about her journey qualifying for the Puerto Rican U20 Women’s National Team on the NM State women’s soccer Facebook page which can be found by clicking here.

For Rivera’s interview with NM State’s very own Adam Young before her departure, click here.

For the Puerto Rican Football Federation release, click here.