The U.S. women’s national team is playing in the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand without a number of familiar faces.
Just Women’s Sports is taking a look at who those players are and why they’re absent. Next up: Catarina Macario.
Total caps: 17
Most recent USWNT appearance: April 12, 2022 vs. Uzbekistan
Catarina Macario tore her ACL last June in the Champions League final while playing with French club Lyon. Since then, she’s had a long road to recovery.
She announced in May that her recovery had been taking longer than expected, and that she wouldn’t “be physically ready for selection” to the USWNT roster for the World Cup. As of mid-April, Macario had remained sidelined from training with Lyon, though she expressed cautious optimism that she might be able to return to the field.
“The desire to return to play for my club and country has driven my training and fueled my everyday life,” she wrote on social media in May. “However, what’s most important right now is my health and getting fit and ready for my next club season.
“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,” she continued.
It’s unclear when Macario will suit up, although she has time before she needs to be fully ready to return to the field. In June, Macario signed a three-year deal with Chelsea, contingent on medical clearance, and she joined the club on July 1.
One of Chelsea’s many splashy signings in the offseason — most recently including American forward Mia Fishel from Tigres — Macario’s competitive return could wait until Oct. 1, when the Women’s Super League season kicks off and Chelsea begins its title defense. The 23-year-old could feature in games before then, with the USWNT set to play home friendlies against South Africa in September.