Chelsea Women sign USA international Catarina Macario

Chelsea's new signing, Catarina Macario
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Chelsea have signed 23-year-old USA international forward Catarina Macario from Lyon on a three-year deal.

Macario told‘I can’t wait to get started here! ‘I’m really happy to sign for Chelsea and I hope to represent the jersey well over the next few years.

‘I can play either as a No.10 or a more traditional number nine and I’m looking forward to linking up with so many good forward players such as Sam [Kerr], Lauren James and Guro [Reiten]. It will be good to play with Kadeisha [Buchanan] again also.

‘I’ve been fortunate to have some great experiences in Europe already with Lyon, playing with many top players and of course winning the Champions League also.

‘I hope to carry on those experiences here and bring home the trophy for Chelsea as well!’

Head coach Emma Hayes said: ‘Cat is one of the most intelligent, creative attacking players in the world who I think will blossom in this Chelsea team. She brings a great deal of flair, European experience, and an unbelievable winning mentality. I think our fans will really love her.’

General manager Paul Green commented: ‘We’re really excited that Cat has signed for the club. She’s one of the best players in the world and will add a lot of power, pace and dynamism to our frontline. We feel that she will be a big success at Chelsea.’

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