- The USWNT suffered a shock early World Cup exit in the last 16 to Sweden
- Catarina Macario and Mia Fishel missed the tournament but warned doubters
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United States women’s national team stars Catarina Macario and Mia Fishel warned doubters that the younger generation is ready to prove people wrong after the country’s disappointing World Cup.
The forwards, who recently signed for English Women’s Super League side Chelsea, watched on from home as the US crashed out in the last 16 with a penalty shoot-out defeat by Sweden.
Macario, 23, missed the tournament through injury while Fishel, 22, was not selected, but both players are expected to have long careers in the national team.
‘Obviously it was disappointing for both of us not to be there. We’re young, we’ll hopefully have the opportunity again in the future,’ Macario told Mail Sport.
‘It was sad to see the US go out but at the end of the day you have to look at the silver linings, it is the fact that other nations are really stepping up and it’s making things more fun to watch and it’s growing the game.
Catarina Macario (L) and Mia Fishel (R) warned doubters that the younger generation is ready to prove people wrong after the United States Women’s disappointing World Cup
The two forwards recently signed for English Women’s Super League side Chelsea
The USA suffered a shock early World Cup exit in the last 16 with a penalty defeat by Sweden
‘As a team-mate I really wanted to be there to be able to help my team and my nation, but it was a great tournament for the sport.’
Macario and Fishel are part of the exciting young generation, which includes the likes of Sophia Smith, Trinity Rodman and Alyssa Thompson, tasked with leading the US national team for the next decade.
Both players are determined to prove they can live up to expectations as well as silence the doubters questioning whether the US is still the team to beat.
‘If anything, it motivates me a lot,’ Macario said. ‘Just in trying to show the fact that our generation that’s coming up is really freakin’ good, you know?
‘Obviously the US has had this legacy of always winning and coming from back-to-back World Cups, you will always have that target on your back so when you fail, obviously people will celebrate that.
‘We do have to wake up a little and make the transition to keep dominating at that level but at the same time, I think it adds a little bit of fire for us younger players that are coming through the ranks.
‘We’re not done yet, don’t sleep on the US!’
Fishel received her first call-up to the national team since 2020 for this month’s friendlies with South Africa and is keen to demonstrate she is ready for the opportunity.
They are part of the young US generation, which includes Sophia Smith and Trinity Rodman
‘Winning is fun, watching them [the national team] growing up, that was a dream of ours because of how successful they were,’ Fishel said.
‘Now I’m at the age where I can possibly make a case for myself and try my best to help the team when that opportunity comes.
‘I think it’s just about being adaptable. The world is catching up whether people want to see it or not.
‘There’s more resources, more money in the sport all around the world but I’m really excited for the future for sure.’
Post source: Daily mail