Catarina Macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' a US soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate

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Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate
© AP Photo/Aaron Doster Catarina Macario. AP Photo/Aaron Doster

  • Catarina Macario has already earned several call-ups and caps with the US Women’s National Team.
  • Superstar midfielder Lindsey Horan says her 22-year-old teammate is will be a “big-time” star for the USWNT.
  • Horan told Insider Macario, who also plays on French club Lyon, “has so much more to give.”

Catarina Macario has already shown remarkable promise with the US Women’s National Team.

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And according to Lindsey Horan — Macario’s superstar teammate for both club and country — the 22-year-old Brazilian-American still “has so much more to give.”

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to hopefully help her keep pushing forward and be a role model for her,” Horan told Insider.

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Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate
© Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images Macario (left) and Lindsey Horan with the USWNT in April. Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

A midfielder with more than 100 appearances for the USWNT and a World Cup title under her belt, Horan knows what it takes to succeed with the Stars and Stripes. And as Macario’s teammate on French side Olympic Lyonnais, better known as Lyon, the reigning US Soccer Female Player of the Year has seen first-hand just how great Macario can be.

  • Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate


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    Women’s college basketball stars told Insider their thoughts on the NCAA’s weight room scandal one year later. The 7 players, who have NIL deals with Wingstop, said brand investment is crucial in the fight for equity. Read more from the stars — including three All-Americans and two Freshmen of the Year — below:

    Shock and disappointment were two of the prevailing emotions women’s college basketball stars remember feeling as the NCAA’s weight room scandal unfolded.

    Whether they were watching from home or discovering the slight in-person at the tournament, players were dismayed to see the blatant disparities between resources offered at the men’s and women’s venues during last year’s March Madness.

    While athletes at the men’s tournament had access to a sparkling weight room filled with rows of top-notch machinery, those at the women’s tournament were expected to make due with a pile of yoga mats and a basic rack of dumbbells.

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    A year later, seven of the most prominent stars in women’s college basketball reflected on the experience and told Insider about how the introduction of Name, Image, and Likeness rights (NIL) has helped to level the playing field. All seven have teamed up with restaurant chain Wingstop, whose aim is to “give wings” to female players and help the women’s game receive the recognition and financial backing it’s long lacked.

    From Player of the Year candidate and projected WNBA lottery pick NaLyssa Smith to reigning national champion Lexie Hull and NCAA single-game scoring record holder Ayoka Lee, here are the seven stars’ thoughts on the weight room scandal and importance of brand investment in women’s hoops:

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    NaLyssa Smith — Baylor

    “I just felt it was unfair and belittling to women’s athletes,” Smith said of the weight room situation, adding: “Having a company like Wingstop to support [us] will open people’s eyes and will help give women a platform.”

  • Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate


    Jakia Brown-Turner — NC State

    “I was shocked when I saw the comparison of our weight room to the men,” Brown-Turner said. “I always knew that there was inequality in athletics, but actually experiencing [it] firsthand opened my eyes. It made me realize that we were really overlooked.”

    “I think it is important for companies to spotlight women athletes because we work hard to perfect our craft,” she added. “Spotlighting women athletes brings attention and support to us.”

  • Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate


    Sonia Citron — Notre Dame

    “When I first saw [the weight room], I honestly didn’t believe it,” Citron said. “I thought that there was no way that we were in 2021 and things like this could still happen. I was speechless. It was kind of an awakening and a reminder that we as women still have so much work to do, and we cannot stop until we achieve equality.”

    “I really appreciated what [Wingstop is] doing for women with this campaign,” she added. “I wanted to raise awareness on the inequality we face as women in sports and hope to push forward the cause.”

  • Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate


    Rori Harmon — Texas

    “It is always disappointing when you have that type of visual with such discrepancy between the men and women’s exercise equipment,” Harmon said. “But I am optimistic that there will be more balance going forward.”

  • Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate


    Veronica Burton — Northwestern

    “My initial reaction to seeing the difference between the weight rooms was disappointment but nothing that I was too surprised about — things like that are what women are told to accept,” Burton said.

  • Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate


    Lexie Hull — Stanford

    “I honestly didn’t believe it — I thought there had to be another weight room somewhere or maybe each team had an individual one,” Hull said. “It wasn’t until we saw pictures of the men’s weight room and asked more about the one we had seen did I realize that it was real — the small rack of dumbbells and yoga mats was all that was provided for us. It was shocking more than anything.”

     “I have seen first-hand major discrepancies in every part of women’s athletics, like the weight room in the NCAA tournament last year or simply media coverage of women’s sports in general,” she continued. “I think it’s important for companies and organizations to highlight women’s sports because I think people are interested in what they see and what is shown to them.”

  • Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate


    Ayoka Lee — Kansas State

    “I think my initial reaction [to the weight room scandal] was how can this still be happening and why has it taken so long for it to be addressed,” Lee said. “As women I believe our society tells us to take what is given to us and not cause any commotion. During that time last year, I could not help but feel an immense sense of pride for all the women that were speaking out and taking a stance against the inequality. It is so much easier to ignore the problems instead of speaking out and doing the work to change it. I am so proud that I am part of a generation of female athletes that are fighting to make a difference. “

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  • Lyon has long been considered one of the strongest women’s teams on the planet and is home to an abundance world-class superstars. As such, the club with seven Champions League titles to its name is a notoriously difficult place for a young player to make an immediate impact or even carve out playing time.

    But Macario is no ordinary young player.

    Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate
    © REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Macario celebrates a Lyon Champions League semifinal goal. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

    In just over a year with the dominant French side, Macario has become a regular starter and key contributor among Ballon d’Or winners and international icons. She’s accrued 27 goals and six assists in 38 total appearances for Lyon.

    Her contributions during Champions League play may be even more impressive. With seven goals and two assists through 11 games, Macario has powered Lyon to this year’s semifinals and ranks third in scoring among all players in the tournament.

    “Catarina is incredible,” Horan said. “And I get to see her day in, day out with Lyon and get to know her a little bit more personally as well.”

    Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate
    © Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images Macario and Horan compete for Lyon. Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

    “I think she’s going to be a big-time player for this national team,” she added.

    Macario is already well on her way to doing just that. Through five USWNT games in 2022, Macario scored five goals — tied for most on the team — and added two assists. She’s likely to be at the center of the national team’s World Cup defense next summer, but first, Vlatko Andonovski’s squad will have to qualify.

    The USWNT — almost certainly with both Macario and Horan in tow — will head to Mexico in July for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, where the reigning World Cup champions will have a chance to lock in a spot for both Australia/New Zealand 2023 and the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

    Catarina macario will 'be a big-time player for this national team,' us soccer star said of her 22-year-old club teammate
    © Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports Horan hoists the World Cup while celebrating the USWNT’s victory at the 2019 tournament. Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

    But before that, Macario and Horan have some club business to attend to. In 2021, after five consecutive years hoisting the Champions League trophy, Lyon suffered a shocking quarterfinal elimination against rival Paris Saint-Germain.

    This season, Macario and Horan have a chance to help Lyon exact revenge against its French foe. Lyon bested PSG 3-2 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Sunday, and now the stacked squad will look to win or draw on Saturday to advance to the tournament final.

    “I’ve never won a Champions League, and that’s my main goal here,” Horan, who spent four years with PSG early in her career, told Insider. “I’m not as worried about the opponent and the fact that I played there, but more just focused on our team and what we can do and how we can win this game.”

    Round two of Lyon-PSG kicks off Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. Fans around the world can watch the drama unfold for free on DAZN’s YouTube channel.

    Read the original article on Insider

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