U.S. women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovskihas said he is “confident” that Stanford prodigy Catarina Macario will be eligible to play for the USWNT by the time the Tokyo Olympics take place next summer.

On Friday, Macario announced on Twitter that she had secured her U.S. citizenship, but also added that “thereisstill a ways to go to be eligible to play for the USA.”

Havingbecome a U.S. citizen, Macariowill now apply to FIFA to obtain her eligibly for the USWNT. With the rescheduled Olympics nine months away, Macario is in a race against time to be eligible for the 18-player U.S. roster heading to Japan.

On a conference call Friday, Andonovski said he believes Macario will win that race.

“From the logistical standpoint, the next step is a U.S. passport which she already applied for and hopefully will get soon,”Andonovski said.”Then we’ve got to get permission from FIFA so she can get her eligibility for the U.S. national team.

“I’m pretty confident, obviously confident in our federation, U.S. Soccer managing director of administration Tom King – he’s been through this, he’s done it before so Ithink that she will be ready for Tokyo.”

Though Macario only received her first USWNT call-up this weekfor the team’s upcoming training camp in Colorado, the forward’s ability should place her in the mix for playing time whenever she become eligible.

“Anyone who has seen Catarina play in college can tell she’s a special talent,” Andonovski said. “She’s incredibly skillful, can score in many different ways and is just fun to watch. She’s got flair, she’s very creative and she’s got the ability to create chances and score goals that anyone would welcome on their team.”

Source : goal.com

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