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USWNT’s Cat Macario does not rule out NWSL loan ahead of World Cup

Catarina Macario is working her way back from an ACL tear. (ANP via Getty Images)

Catarina Macario isn’t ruling out a move to the NWSL ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

The midfielder is recovering from an ACL tear but has yet to make her return. While she had been expected to join club team Olympique Lyonnais for training earlier this month, she remains sidelined, she confirmed last week on CBS Sports.

With limited games left in the Division 1 Féminine season and U.S. women’s national team coach Vlatko Andonovski stressing the importance of club play ahead of the World Cup, Macario may need more playing time than Lyon can offer in order to make the USWNT roster.

Enter the idea of a loan to the NWSL.

“I mean… to be discussed, I guess. I can’t really say much, but I have been talking to Vlatko, obviously, about the whole situation,” Macario said on CBS Sports. “Specifically because my season in Lyon [ends soon] and I’m hoping obviously to play as soon as I can. But, like I said, sometimes with injuries you just have to be patient, you need to have time and just hope everything heals well.

“So far so good. At some point I think it’s just going to be the fact that Vlatko is gonna have to trust me and knowing that if I say that I’m ready, I’m ready.”