Carson Pickett becomes the first player with limb differences to play for the United States Women’s National Team

Carson Pickett in 2019 during his first spell as a footballer in Australia's W-League.

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North Carolina Courage player, Carson Pickett made history Wednesday by becoming the first player with a limb difference to play for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT).this after participating in the 2-0 victory of the friendly match against Colombia.

Pickett, a 28-year-old soccer player, participated in the match against the Cafeteras and was fundamental not only in defense by keeping the zero on the scoreboard, but also in attack by putting pressure on the rival defense in the action at minute 22 that ended in the own goal Colombian.

But the performance of the plant has not been a coincidence because playing since 2021 under North Carolinawhere she arrived after being traded for Orlando Pride, she has become one of the best defenders in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

In 2021 she was named as part of the starting eleven of the team of the year in the league and was also a finalist for the Defender of the Year award also in that year.

Her performance in the previous months led her to be summoned in this match against Colombia and the USWNT coach, Vlatko Andonovski, spoke very well about his debut in the Senior National Team.

“Carson did very well training for us last week and with the minute management we had for Emily Fox, We felt that Carson would be a good replacement, and I’m happy that he performed well for 90 minutes.“Andonovski reviewed.

Pickett’s leading role in defense was reflected in the match statistics, where Colombia only shot six times and of those six only two were on goal.

about his condition, Carson hopes to use her social media to raise awareness and normalize difference and limb losssomething that he already showed in the month of April with an Instagram post in which he assured that there are still many who are not sure of his condition.

“April is Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month. While I know I am confident and comfortable showing my arm, I knowI know there are many people in the world who are not. The feeling of being different and the anxiety of not fitting in is something I’ve been through.“, he commented.

I hope to encourage anyone struggling with their limb difference to not be ashamed of who they are.“, Closed the footballer.

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