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Lyon sign USWNT prospect Catarina Macario

Tue 12 January 2021 | 22:19

The 21-year-old announced that she had decided to leave Stanford one year early in favor of turning professional, joining Lyon.

European champions


have announced they have signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with highly-rated youngster

Catarina Macario


The 21-year-old has been on the radar of big European clubs including

Paris Saint



Bayern Munich

, and

Real Madrid

but she will instead begin her career with Lyon, who won their fifth Women’s Champions League in a row in August.

Macario scored 63 goals in 68 games for Stanford and she won the NCAA College Cup twice.

“It is a pleasure to start my professional career at OL and to find myself surrounded by the best players in the world,”

Macario said.

“OL represent victories, titles, trophies and I can't wait to arrive in Lyon and be part of this team.

“I know a lot of American players have worn this jersey before me. It is a great pride to be able to perpetuate this heritage and to be able to contribute to the success of the team. I hope I can progress to become a better player.”

Macario is going to be the 11th American to join the club, with Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe among those who did so before her.

After completing the USWNT training camp that ends on 22 January, she will join with her new teammates later this month.

source: SportMob