Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
United States of America (USA) midfielder, Catarino Macário issued a statement on her availability for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Macário made the statement on Tuesday stating she will not play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup commencing July 20.
Recovering from an Injury that has robbed her of playing times for French D1 Arkema Champions, Lyon this season, the Brazilian-born American player took to her Twitter handle to confirm that she won be available for selection for the World Cup.
“While I’m excited and super optimistic about my future as a footballer, I am sad to share that I won’t be physically ready for selection to our U.S World Cup team.
“The desire to return to play for my club and country has driven my training and fueled my everyday life. However, what’s most important right now is my health and getting fit and ready for my next club season. I am eternally grateful to Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital for always supporting me and guiding me in my rehab. And to U.S Soccer and Vlatko Andonovski for prioritising my long-term health over any individual ad collective ambitions.” Macário posted on her Twitter handle.
“I’ll be cheering hard for my teammates at the World Cup, and I look forward to dedicating myself to fight to earn a spot for what I hope will be a long future on the U.S. national team.”
The statement confirmed that Macario will not be fit in time for the World Cup.
Lyon manager, Sonia Bompastor has confirmed that United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) star midfielder Lindsey Horan will be staying at Lyon past her loan spell.
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Horan is on loan from United States National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Champions, Portland Thorns FC.
In 2018, she was named NWSL Most Valuable Player (MVP). Horan was a leading player for the Thorns during their 2017 championship season, scoring the winning goal in the championship game, and before that was a prolific scorer for Paris Saint-Germain FC, scoring 46 goals in 58 appearances.
She was the leading scorer for the United States U-17 team at the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship.
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