"In January 2012, I moved to the beautiful city of San Diego with my dad, mom, and brother in search of the American dream. I immediately felt at home and that I belonged. I am now proud to say that
today this dream came true. After a long and amazing day, I am honored and humbled to have received an invitation to the USWNT training camp…and officially be sworn in as a citizen of the
United States. There is still a ways to go to be eligible to play for the USA, but I’m filled with love and eternal gratitude for my family, my teammates, my coaches and trainers, and so many
others who have been a part of my journey. I know there’s still so much work to come to accomplish my goals and dreams, but I lay my head on my pillow tonight for the first time as a U.S.
citizen...and soon to be a registered voter."
-- Brazilian-born Catarina Macario
on receving her U.S. citizenship. The Stanford star made the announcement the same day she earned
her first call-up to the U.S. national team. To immediately play for the USA, she will need to obtain clearance from FIFA Players’ Status Committee under FIFA's new rules applying to
naturalized citizens who moved as minors