"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. 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."
-- Brazilian-born Catarina Macario
on receiving approval from FIFA to represent the USA in international competition. She moved to the USA when she was 12 and received her U.S. citizenship in October 2020. Macario, who is available for selection for the USA's women's friendlies against Colombia on Jan. 18 and Jan. 22, has signed with French club Lyon after leaving Stanford, where she won back-to-back Hermann Trophy awards. (@catarinamacario