Anytime the rest of the world seems to be closing the gap, the U.S. women find a way to widen it again.
On the same day she was included on the roster for this month’s training camp, Catarina Macario announced Thursday night that she had been sworn in as a U.S. citizen. While there are still a few procedural steps left, the two-time NCAA champion and Hermann Trophy winner – think soccer’s version of the Heisman — is likely to be able to play for the reigning World Cup champs at next summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
“Anyone who has seen Catarina play in college can tell she’s a special talent,” U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski said Friday. “She’s incredibly skillful, can score in many different ways. She’s just fun to watch.
“She’s got a flair, she’s very creative,” he added. “She’s got the ability to create chances and to score goals that anyone would welcome on a team.”
Macario was born in Brazil, a country where soccer is as ingrained as football is in the United States. Its men’s team has won five World Cup titles, more than any other country, and from Pele to Ronaldo to Neymar, it has produced…