Colorado soccer player Joss Orejel has been named to the Mexico Women's National Team for upcoming friendlies vs. the United States. This is her first call-up to the full national team after being a part of Mexico's youth national program.
Orejel is the second Buffs player to earn a call-up to a full national team in the past year, joining Marty Puketapu, who competed against the United States in September for her home country of New Zealand. Puketapu was a freshman for the Buffs in 2017.
Orejel completed her senior season in Boulder last fall. In her four years with the Buffs, she started 57 matches as a left-outside back and totaled 14 assists and two goals. She finished her career ranked fifth all-time in assists, including the most ever for a defender. She was also a second-team All-West Region selection by the United Soccer Coaches in 2017.
This will be the third level of Mexico's National Team that Orejel has participated in. In 2012, she started three matches in the U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup. She also participated at the U-20 level, but missed the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup as she chose to compete with CU during a postseason run as the World Cup conflicted with the NCAA Tournament.
Against the U.S., she will be one of nine defenders on the roster for El Tri. The friendlies will take place April 5 in Jacksonville, Fla., and April 8 in Houston.