Stanford's Catarina Macario turns pro with Lyon

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LYON, France — Catarina Macario, a promising prospect for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, has signed her first professional contract with French powerhouse Lyon.

The seven-time European champion said Tuesday that Macario, who joined from Stanford University, signed a 2 1/2-year deal until June 2023.

The Brazilian-born midfielder said last week she would skip her senior season and pursue a professional career.

Macario became an American citizen in October but she hasn’t yet received approval from FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, to play for the U.S. national team.

The two-time winner of the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation’s best college player, Macario had a Stanford single-season record of 32 goals and 23 assists last season. She was called up to her first national-team camp the same day she became a citizen.

“It is a pleasure to begin my professional career at OL and to be surrounded by the world’s best players. OL represents victory, titles and trophies, and I am looking forward to arriving in Lyon and being part of the team," she said. “I know that many American players have worn an OL shirt before me, and I am honoured to continue that tradition and to contribute to the team’s success."

Macario is the 11th American player to join Lyon.

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