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USWNT’s Macario claims Ballon d’Or winner convinced her to join Lyon

Wed 13 January 2021 | 10:00

The 21-year-old midfielder who announced on Tuesday that she had signed with Lyon in a two-and-a-half-year deal, revealed a chat with Ada Hegerberg convinced her to join the French side.

The former

Stanford University

player decided to continue her career in Europe ahead of Wednesday night's NWSL draft, where she would have almost certainly been the first pick there. The

Brazil

-born footballer claims the USA’s current Covid pandemic was another key element in her decision.

"I just decided that through the Covid uncertainty and the restrictions we are facing that I just wanted to have consistent playing, especially ahead of the Olympics

," Macario said on Tuesday.

"I am fresh out of college and I was looking for a new adventure. I think the best thing for me is to experience a new culture and learn from the best in the world. I know that in OL I’ll have all the facilities, all the resources that I can get in order to become the best player that I can be. I think that spending two and a half years there will really take me to the next level."

Although

Macario

was born in

Brazil

, she has been called into January's training camp due to her US citizenship. However, she is not eligible to play in the team's two friendlies against

Colombia

later this month as she’s waiting on clearance from FIFA to play for the

USWNT

.

Despite several offers from around the world thanks to her consecutive

Hermann Trophies

as the best collegiate player in the U.S, the 21-year-old revealed that speaking with Ballon d'Or winner

Hegerberg

helped move her closer toward joining

Lyon

.

"I have talked to Ada. I hopped on a phone call with her actually a few weeks ago,"

Macario said.

"She was telling me about Lyon and we were talking about how we want to become a really strong duo and just take the team to a new level.

"I think we’re both just very excited to play with each other. She said how she’s excited to play with a very smart player, which was very flattering to hear from one of the best in the world."

Although she rejected the chance to play at NWSL, Macario says she sees herself playing in the American top-flight in the future.

"I would love to play in the NWSL one day and I know that will happen,"

Macario said

. "I’m not sure necessarily when but obviously as an American it’s my dream to play where I reside and so I’ll definitely be coming back."

 


source: SportMob