Best Sacramento native to bend it like Beckham: Miguel Ángel Ponce

Best of Sacramento 2013 writer’s pick

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Since Megan Rapinoe is technically from Redding, despite her years playing in Elk Grove, she doesn't count as the best soccer player from Sacramento. That distinction belongs to Miguel Ángel Ponce. The 24-year-old played for the gold-medal-winning Mexican team in the 2012 Olympics. Now, the left back plays for club team Guadalajara in the Mexican Primera Division, and he played on the Mexican national team (El Tri) during the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Gold Cup. Not only did he score his first international goal in that tournament, it cap-tied him to Mexico, which means he can't play for the U.S. national team anymore. Too bad for us. Good news for Mexico.