Sunshine Fontes reflects on US National team experience, looks forward to UCLA

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One of the best girl’s soccer players the state has ever seen made it official today to play for UCLA.

Sunshine Fontes will take an already impressive soccer career to the next level. The Pearl City star forward is the first Hawaii player to ever play for a youth World Cup team and showed out last year at the U-17 World Cup.

There is a chance she takes a redshirt year as a Bruin because she’s recovering from a full ACL tear suffered in the OIA semifinals this season.

Natasha Kai is the only Hawaii born player to play on an adult national team. Sunshine could change that soon.

“Being able to represent my family and my hometown feels really great,” Fontes said after she signed her national letter of intent, an event put on by Education 1st at the Elks Lodge in Waikiki. “Being able to represent the United States against other countries, it’s something I’ve always dreamed of.”

Fontes has made her mark in national competition. Her favorite memory from her Team USA exploits is scoring in the U-17 World Cup.

“Becaus I’m the first youth player to ever make the Youth World Cup roster and I don’t know, it’s just really cool to get that,” said Fontes.

Sunshine was originally committed to play for the University of Hawaii. But that all changed when she played in the Surf Cup.

“They (UCLA) saw me and I had the game of my life and they decided to ask my coach about me,” Fontes remembered. “It just happened. I’m just super excited to get started. 

They sky (or sun) is the limit for Fontes and her goals reflect that.

“I hope to play professionally and hopefully play on the woman’s national team one day.”

When asked if playing in a US Women’s Team World Cup was on list of goals, Sunshine responded with a simple:

“Oh yeah.”

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