Chelsea Ladies have signed USA ahead Catarina Macario from Lyon Ladies on a three-year deal.
The 23-year-old will formally be part of the membership on July 1, having spent the previous two seasons within the Division 1 Female in France.
Macario grew to become the primary American to attain in a Ladies’s Champions League closing together with her objective towards Barcelona within the 2022 closing serving to Lyon win one other European title. She was additionally essential in serving to the facet to the league title in the identical season, scoring 23 targets in 33 video games.
Nonetheless, she spent the 2022/23 marketing campaign recovering from an ACL harm, which may even see her miss the Ladies’s World Cup this summer time.
It comes after the departure of Pernille Tougher this summer time, who has joined Bayern Munich, together with Magda Eriksson.
Macario advised the membership’s official web site after her transfer: “I can not wait to get began right here. I am actually comfortable to signal for Chelsea and I hope to characterize the jersey properly over the following few years.
“I can play both as a No 10 or a extra conventional No 9 and I am wanting ahead to linking up with some many good ahead gamers akin to Sam [Kerr], Lauren James and Guro [Reiten]. It is going to be good to play with Kadeisha [Buchanan] once more additionally.
“I have been lucky to have some nice experiences in Europe already with Lyon, taking part in with many high gamers and naturally successful the Champions League additionally.
“I hope to hold on these experiences right here and convey residence the trophy for Chelsea as properly.”
Born in Brazil, Macario moved to the USA on the age of 12. She performed school soccer at Stanford College, successful two Nationwide Collegiate Athletic Affiliation Championships and twice receiving the MAC Hermann Trophy on two events, which recognises high males’s and girls’s school soccer gamers in the US.
Internationally, Macario represented the USA at youth stage earlier than making her debut for the senior debut in January 2021, having earned 17 caps since.
Head coach Emma Hayes added: “Cat is among the most clever, artistic attacking gamers on this planet who I believe will blossom on this Chelsea crew. She brings quite a lot of aptitude, European expertise, and an unbelievable successful mentality. I believe our followers will actually love her.”
Common supervisor Paul Inexperienced commented: “We’re actually excited that Cat has signed for the membership. She’s among the best gamers on this planet and can add lots of energy, tempo and dynamism to our frontline. We really feel that she will probably be an enormous success at Chelsea.”
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