USWNT: Catarina Macario withdrawn from roster for European friendlies due to Lyon quarantine

Another casualty of the COVID-19 quarantine at French giant Lyon: Catarina Macario.

The 21-year-old midfielder will miss the USA's friendlies against Sweden on April 10 and France on April 13 because she is in quarantine in the aftermath of the outbreak.

“While Cat has not tested positive, she is currently in the required quarantine period, and by the time she is able meet those requirements, travel to Sweden, and go through our Covid protocols, it would be right before the first game, and she wouldn’t have trained for a solid 10 days,” said U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “We only have a few trainings during this trip, so we felt it was in Cat’s best interest for her to remain in Lyon and make sure she ramps her fitness back up with her club once her quarantine ends.”

Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan was previously added to the travel roster, whoch stands at 23 players.

Lyon's UEFA Women's Champions League match at home against French rival Paris St. Germain on Wednesday was postponed by UEFA after a COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed.

Five players -- Wendie Renard, Amel Majri, Delphine Cascarino, Belgian Janice Cayman and injured defender Griedge Mbock -- and a member of the team's technical staff tested positive. The decision to postpone the second leg of the quarterfinal series -- Lyon won the first leg, 1-0, in Paris -- was made after regional health authorities ordered Lyon players and staff to quarantine.

Renard, Majri and Cascarino have been ruled out of the French national team's friendly matches against England and the USA. Like Macario, English star Nikita Parris won't play for the Three Lionesses in their April friendlies, but French coach Corinne Diacre included Amandine Henry, Sakina Karchaoui and Eugenie Le Sommer in her squad even though they are also quarantining because they are considered "close contacts."

Diacre's decision to include Henry, Karchaoui and Le Sommer was met with derision from Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas, who termed the call-ups "unreasonable" and noted the Lyon positives were up to 10.

Diacre's relations with Lyon players have been poor. She took about Renard's captaincy after her arrival, and last fall Henry, the captain at the 2019 World Cup, criticized Diacre's handling of the team at the world championship, terming it "total chaos."

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 5), Casey Murphy (NC Courage; 0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 67)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris SG, FRA; 2/0), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG; 65/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 28/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns; 109/24), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 134/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 6/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns; 182/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 51/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 108/20), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns; 91/20), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 51/14), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 21/4), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG; 70/21), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 16/0)
FORWARDS (6): Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 299/124), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 173/108), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 142/60), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 173/57), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns; 3/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 33/10)

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