Nebraska State Soccer Association investigating tournament

Former U.S. women's national team stars Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm have reached out to 8-year-old Mili Hernandez after hearing of her disqualification from a tournament in Nebraska because organizers thought she was a boy.

Mili Hernandez has short dark hair and loves soccer, in fact she's so good at it, she plays on the team for 11 year olds, but on Sunday, the final day of a tournament, the Springfield Soccer Club suddenly disqualified Mili's team because she "looks like a boy," according to ESPN. "I have short hair".

The state soccer association said it did not oversee the Springfield Tournament but that the decision to disqualify Hernandez did not represent its "core values".

"There's no point in all of us getting kicked off, they could have let some us stay and play", Hernandez said, disappointed her team wasn't' allowed to keep competing in the tournament. The 8-year-old also insisted, "Just because I look like a boy doesn't mean I am a boy". Hernandez has short hair. "They said the president made his decision and there wasn't any changing that".

"She was crying after they told us", Gerardo Hernandez said of his daughter.

One section of the statement reads: "At this time, we have suspended the sanctioning of the Springfield Invitational until a detailed review can be conducted and proper steps taken by the event to ensure that the errors that led to this issue are resolved".

"They just weren't listening", said Mili.

The family said it even presented paperwork to prove she is a girl.

Yes, that's footballer Abby Wambach, who has 249 US appearances to her name, with a personal message for the eight-year-old. "But they don't have a reason to kick the whole club out". The Springfield club tells WOWT-TV (http://bit.ly/2sc1tt9 ) that Mili was believed to be a boy because of a misprint in the team's roster.

Several prominent women's soccer players are voicing their support for Hernandez on social media, including Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm, the top two goal scorers in US women's national team history. "There's other tournaments that I can play", she added. "I didn't like my hair long".

The Hernandez family, Mili's team and the Springfield club's attorney have not returned Associated Press messages.

Hamm invited Mili to one of her soccer camps.

  • Julie Sanders