“Carson did a great job coaching us last week and with the management of the minutes for Emily Fox we have we feel Carson would be a good replacement and I’m delighted for her. was able to perform well for 90 minutes,” USA coach Vlatko Andonovski told ESPN.
Pickett plays professionally for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League and has appeared with the US under-17 and under-23 national teams. In 2019 while playing for Orlando Pride, a photo and video of her “holding hands” with a young fan with similar limb differences went viral.
In 2020, she teamed Nike on a pair of lace-free soccer pants.
“My parents had two hands and two arms and unfortunately they couldn’t teach me how to lace my shoes,” Pickett told CBS Sports. “I can imagine how painful it is for you to look at your daughter and try to tie her shoelaces and how hard it is for you to be around her. There were definitely times when I cried, and couldn’t understand it, and they kept pushing me. It was almost impossible to tie my shoelaces, it seemed impossible, but I got over it.”
The match against Colombia was the Americans’ final match for the CONCACAF W Championship, which kicks off Monday in Mexico and is the qualifying tournament for both the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, as well. like the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The top two teams in each of the tournament’s two groups will qualify for the World Cup, while the overall winner will qualify for the Olympics.
The USWNT, considered a strong contender to win the tournament alongside Canada, begins group play on Monday against Haiti in San Nicolás, Mexico. Pickett will not be on the Americans’ roster, limited to 23 players instead of 26 for friendlies.