Catarina Macario fulfills a dream, scoring a goal in U.S. women’s win over Colombia

Catarina Macario (29) of the United States avoids the tackle of Columbia's Daniela Arias on Jan. 22, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.
Catarina Macario (29) of the U.S. prevents the take on of Colombia’s Daniela Arias on Friday in Orlando, Fla. Macario scored in the United States’ 6-0 win. (Alex Menendez / Getty Images)

When Catarina Macario left Brazil for San Diego at the age of 12, she came with a strategy: She wished to play soccer for the U.S.

What followed was a 10-year odyssey that took her through 3 age-group nationwide groups, 2 youth programs, 3 seasons at Stanford, a citizenship test and, lastly, FIFA approval to dress for a senior video game in her embraced homeland.

That last action came recently, and Macario lost little time showing the long journey had actually deserved it, scoring her very first objective less than 3 minutes into her very first worldwide start Friday in a 6-0 win over Colombia at Exploria Arena in Orlando, Fla.

“The U.S. is the land of opportunity. It was just a dream that a little girl had,” Macario stated. “I don’t have the words to describe how wonderful this moment was. I’m definitely living the American dream.”

Macario, 21, made her U.S. launching off the bench in Monday’s 4-0 success over Colombia prior to getting her very first start Friday in location of Carli Lloyd. And she required simply 13 seconds to make her existence felt, establishing Rose Lavelle for an unsafe opportunity that Lavelle raised well over the crossbar.

Macario didn’t miss out on when she got her very first chance 2½ minutes later on, making a completely timed late perform at an Ali Krieger cross and one-timing it in from the edge of the six-yard box.

Megan Rapinoe doubled the lead in the 35th minute, deflecting the ball in off the best foot of Colombian protector Jorelyn Carabali late in a very first half she closed with a penalty-kick objective that made it 3-0.

The U.S. added second-half objectives from Lynn Williams, Lindsey Horan and Margaret Purce, ending up the video game with a 33-2 edge in shots. The top-ranked U.S., which has actually quit simply an objective in its last 12 video games, outshot Colombia 55-2 in the 2 video games today, extending its unbeaten streak to 34 video games.

And now, with Macario, the group is even much better.

“Cat is a different kind of player than that we’ve ever had,” Rapinoe said. “Obviously, she’s creative. She can score goals. Physically, she’s ready to be at this level. She’s quick, she’s fast, she thinks fast. She’s just going to be one of those fun players that you love to see. Someone that’s going to excite the fans. We’re already kind of seeing that in practice.”

Rapinoe stated the group saw something simply as unique in the locker space today.

It’s a custom to offer gamers signed video game balls for their very first cap and very first objective, so Macario got 2 today, keepsakes she stated she would offer to her moms and dads to acknowledge the sacrifices they produced her. When it comes to what those sacrifices implied to Macario, she spelled that out for her colleagues.

“It’s actually kind of cute,” Rapinoe stated. “We constantly type of tease them like, ‘Speech, speech, speech.’ She actually gave a little speech, talking about how she’s looked up to this team for so long and dreamt of being on this team.

“And now her being in this position, it’s just like this full-circle moment for all of us. She’s going to be fire. And I believe all of us can see that.“

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.