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American-Born Striker Gets Go-Ahead To Play For Ireland

American-Born Striker Gets Go-Ahead To Play For Ireland
By Balls Team Updated

Kyra Carusa has received international clearance from FIFA, allowing her to link up with the Ireland squad for the upcoming games against Greece and Montenegro.

The 24-year-old striker was born in the US but qualifies to play for Ireland through her maternal grandparents.

"I first learned of interest from Ireland when I was about 16 years old," she told the FAI website.

At the time, I had no sense of the process of declaring for Irish citizenship.

As I played through college, I knew that I wanted to play at the highest national team level. In my graduate year of college, I started the process of attaining Irish citizenship.

The San Diego native was scouted by Ireland manager Vera Pauw before receiving a call-up for next month's games. Carusa, who has previously played for Stanford University, Georgetown University and Le Havre, currently plays for Danish side HB Koge.

She was selected 19th overall by Sky Blue FC in the 2019 NWSL draft but chose to not sign a pro contract with the club.

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"It is incredibly humbling," Carusa continued.

"Not only to be considered for a call-up but to have the opportunity to represent Ireland on a global stage.

"It means the world to both my family and I. I am thankful to my grandparents and proud to play for the country my familial roots began in.

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"I hope to be able to play for Ireland and help the team establish a dominance in international play like never before. I believe the players are talented enough to do so and it is our time to showcase this."

Ireland play Greece at Tallaght Stadium on March 5th before travelling to face Montenegro on March 11th. Both games are part of the qualifying campaign for the 2021 European Women's Championships.

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