“I’m praying for you,” one of her regulars said. “And I don’t go to church too often.”

Many in the Pajaro Valley are praying that Priscilla Meza can trade serving platters at Norma’s for a career with FC Gold Pride, one of seven teams in the new Women’s Professional Soccer league that launches next month.

The 22-year-old waitress has become a local inspiration, an unlikely prospect in an upper-crust sport played on the groomed fields of suburbia.

Meza wasn’t involved with the elite youth Olympic Development Program. Her college experience consists of one season at Cabrillo College. She has played on local rec teams here and there while living on her own since 16 because both parents have been in and out of prison much of her life.

Now Meza will learn Thursday if she is one of the 10 players who survived the Gold Pride’s first cuts. The final roster — 22 players, including four on the developmental squad — will be determined by March 25.

“Three more days,” Meza said Sunday, referring to the time left to show she belongs on a team of famous Olympians, World Cup winners and NCAA stars. (Read More)