Catarina Macario during a Jan. 18 friendly against Colombia. (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO – Midfielder Catarina Macario will not join the U.S. women’s national team roster for the two upcoming matches in Europe during the April FIFA international window.
Olympique Lyonnais, Macario’s professional club in France, had a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this week and numerous players have tested positive. Due to the positive tests and the subsequent contract tracing, the entire Lyon team has been directed to quarantine.
“While Cat has not tested positive, she is currently in the required quarantine period, and by the time she is able meet those requirements, travel to Sweden, and go through our Covid protocols, it would be right before the first game, and she wouldn’t have trained for a solid 10 days,” U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski said in a statement. “We only have a few trainings during this trip, so we felt it was in Cat’s best interest for her to remain in Lyon and make sure she ramps her fitness back up with her club once her quarantine ends.”
Due to its Covid outbreak, Lyon was forced to request a re-scheduling of the second leg of UEFA Women’s Champions League Quarterfinal clash with rival PSG. Lyon won the first leg, 1-0, March 24 and the second leg was scheduled for this past Wedensday, March 31 but has now been moved to April 18.
The USA will face Sweden April 10 (FOX at 1 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. local) at Friends Arena in Stockholm and then will play France April 13 at Stade Océane in Le Havre (ESPN 2 at 3 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. local).
With Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan added to the travel roster earlier this week, the USWNT will have 23 players in Europe.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 5), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 67)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 2/0), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG; 65/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 28/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 109/24), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 134/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 6/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 182/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 51/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 108/20), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 91/20), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 51/14), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 21/4), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG; 70/21), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 16/0)
FORWARDS (6): Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 299/124), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 173/108), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 142/60), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 173/57), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 3/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 33/10)