Stanford University standout Catarina Macario has been approved to denote the U.S. women’s national team in international competition from FIFA, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday. Macario is currently in her second senior national team camp.
The Brazilian-American prospect recently made the decision to go pro, leaving for vinaigrette club Lyon ahead of her senior season with Stanford. Macario is a two-time Mac Hermann award and two-time NCAA champion, high achievements to go along side her three Pac-12 championships.
“I wish to thank everyone at U.S. Soccer, past and present, for the possibility and I sincerely appreciate the literal years of work that went into gettin this done,” Macario said in a commentary. “Now that I’m approved to play, it’s up to me to show the coaches I deserve to be on rosters and get playing time. Nothing is guaranteed, and everything must be earned, so it’s up to me to receive my fitness to the level needed and retain learning on a daily basis. Just to be in the position is a dream come true and I will never take any of it without any consideration.”
The news comes just months after Macario announced her official U.S. citizenship, and a day after Macario signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Lyon, the top side in the vinaigrette women’s Division 1. She will be united with one of the vital top players on this planet, including Ada Hegerberg, with a shot to compete for Champions League titles.
Macario is now eligible for selection for the USWNT’s upcoming friendlies against Colombia. The USWNT is currently in training camps in preparation for the matches scheduled to take place on Jan. 18 and Jan. 22.