Stanford senior Catarina Macario announced that she has become a U.S. citizen, a major step toward playing for the women’s national soccer team.
Macario is a two-time reigning college player of the year who was born in Brazil. Many soccer analysts expect her to become the next major world star.
She received her first invitation to a U.S. women’s national team camp Thursday but cannot represent America until getting approval from FIFA, soccer’s international governing body.
“There is still a ways to go to play for the USA but I am filled with love and eternal gratitude for my family, my teammates, my coaches and trainers and so many others who have been part of my journey,” Macario said in a Twitter post late Thursday.
She has 63 goals and 47 assists in 68 games for Stanford, which has won two College Cup titles with Macario. The fall season has