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Carson Pickett becomes USWNT's first player with limb difference

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Carson Pickett made history as the first player with a limb difference to appear for the USWNT.
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The U.S. Women’s National Team’s friendly against Colombia on Tuesday was a historic match for Carson Pickett and the program.

Pickett earned her first cap with the USWNT and became the first player with a limb difference to ever play for the team:

Pickett, who was born without part of her left arm, got the start for Tuesday’s match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The 28-year-old defender may be new to the USWNT, but she has plenty of experience under her belt in the National Women’s Soccer League. The North Carolina Courage left-back picked up her 100th NWSL appearance this month and was named to the league’s Best XI for June.

Pickett’s USWNT debut got off to a good start. She got in the celebration after the team opened the scoring in the 22nd minute:

This is the USWNT’s final friendly before it begins the qualifying slate for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2024 Paris Olympics.