NWSL ace Pickett becomes the first footballer with a limb difference to play for USA women’s team

CARSON PICKETT made history when she was in the starting XI in the USA Women’s 2-0 win over Colombia.

On Tuesday, the 28-year-old left-back – who was born without a left hand or forearm – became the first person with a limb difference to play for the United States.

Carson Pickett made history with his appearance in USA's loss to Colombia

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Carson Pickett made history with his appearance in USA’s loss to ColombiaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The NWSL star has become the first footballer with a limb difference to play for the four-time World Cup winners

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The NWSL star has become the first footballer with a limb difference to play for the four-time World Cup winnersCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Pickett’s historic performance comes in a month in which the defender made him 100e appearance in the National Women’s Soccer League.

And the North Carolina Courage ace helped USA extend their unbeaten home streak to 69.

United States head coach Vlatko Andonovski said: “Carson trained very well for us last week.

“With the management of Emily Fox’s minutes we had, we thought Carson would be a good replacement.”

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“I’m happy that she was able to perform well for 90 minutes.”

The friendly win at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City was the United States’ second loss to Colombia this year.

A first-half Manuela Vanegas own goal followed by a second-half effort from Kelley O’Hara sealed victory for the four World Cup winners

The result follows USA’s 3-0 victory over their opponents on Sunday, with the team set for a Concacaf Women’s Championship clash with Haiti on July 5.

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Pickett’s appearance comes two months after Member Difference Awareness Month.

The defender, who played 25 games for North Carolina Courage, took to social media to share her thoughts on living with a limb difference.

And the United States ace, who moved to his club in 2021 after a two-year stint at Orlando Pride, hopes to inspire others not to be ashamed.

I hope to encourage everyone who struggles with their difference in membership not to be ashamed of who they are.

Carson Picket

In a post shared with her 63,000 followers on Instagram in April, Pickett wrote, “While I know I’m confident and comfortable showing off my arm, I know there are so many people in the world who are not.

“The feeling of being different and the anxiety of not fitting in is something I’ve experienced – wearing sweatshirts in the dead summer heat to hide my arm.

“This month is really, really special, important and should be celebrated.

“I hope to encourage everyone who struggles with their difference in membership not to be ashamed of who they are.

Pickett hopes to encourage others living with a limb difference not to be ashamed of themselves

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Pickett hopes to encourage others living with a limb difference not to be ashamed of themselves

“I want to be an advocate for others like me, and for a very long time I haven’t used my platform well enough.

“Let’s all try to love each other no matter what we look like and be kind to each other above all else.

“Different people are my kind of people. The world needs more of this.

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