America’s women’s national team forward Catherine Macario has announced that he will not recover in time from an ACL injury to play this summer Women’s World Championship.
Macario, 23, has not played since suffering an injury at the French club LyonThe last game of the season ended almost a year ago.
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Although he has returned to training, Lyon’s season ending on Saturday will leave him unable to get competitive minutes as USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski announces his World Cup roster by July 10. The tournament in Australia and New Zealand is set to begin on July 20, with the US playing its opener against and Vietnam a day later.
“While I am excited and confident about my future as a soccer player, I am saddened to share that I will not be ready to be selected for our US World Cup team,” Macario wrote on social media.
“The desire to return to play for my country has driven my studies and increased my daily life. However, the most important thing right now is my mental health and getting better and preparing for my next club season.
“I am eternally grateful to Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital for always supporting me and guiding me through my rehab. And to US Soccer and Vlatko Andonovski for putting my long-term health ahead of individual and team needs.
“I’m going to have a lot of fun with my teammates at the World Cup, and I hope to dedicate myself to finding a place for what I hope will be a long-term future on the US national team.”
Macario, who is wanted for a move to WSL side Chelsea, has eight goals and two assists in 17 games for the United States and was a key player for the team. He was named the MVP of the SheBelieves Cup in February after scoring two goals in the team’s last game Iceland.
Macario’s absence is another setback for the US, which is looking for a third consecutive World Cup title, following the lead. Mallory Swanson Patella tendon injury last month.