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Macario to make USWNT debut against Colombia

Thu 14 January 2021 | 7:26

Although Macario was born in Brazil, she has been called into January's training camp due to her US citizenship and now can play for USWNT against Colombia as FIFA has approved her request to play for the USA.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who announced on Tuesday that she had signed with

Lyon

in a two-and-a-half-year deal, moved to the United States at age 12 and announced in October that she had become an American citizen. The former

Standford

University

player could make her

USWNT

debut on Monday in a friendly against

Colombia

.

"I want to thank everyone at U.S. Soccer, past and present, for the opportunity and I sincerely appreciate the literal years of work that went into getting this done,"

Macario

said in a statement.

"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 needs to be earned, so it’s up to me to get my fitness to the level needed and keep learning every day. Just to be in the position is a dream come true and I’ll never take any of it for granted."

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 opted against signing with the National Women's Soccer League. However,

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 to reporters.

"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