One of the greatest legends of women’s soccer as well as the US National team, Megan Rapinoe, has bid goodbye to professional soccer this Sunday in front of some 30,000 people at Soldier Field in Chicago. Megan Rapinoe has been a trendsetter in women’s football, popular all over the globe, and her retirement will indeed make the whole football world miss her.
Megan Rapinoe hangs up her boots
Rapinoe was honored by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) with a special jersey bearing number 203, the number of international matches she played for this country. She said that she is looking forward to having more time with herself, her friends, and family, as well as traveling a little more and resting. She is also looking forward to allowing herself to rest a little more, and she knows it is the end of a chapter, but it feels very much like a new beginning.
She is happy to see how women’s soccer will change, and she hopes to continue to be a part of it. On the pitch, USWNT defeated South Africa by a score of 2-0, with Megan Rapinow playing on the field for 53 minutes.
An illustrous career
During her professional career, Rapinoe played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, MagicJack, Sydney FC, Seattle Sounders Women, Olympique de Lyon, and OL Reign, but her most important successes were with her national team, winning two World Cups and gold at London 2012. In total, Rapinoe played 203 games, scoring 63 goals and 73 assists for her national team.
Megan Rapinoe debuted with the United States in 2006, at just 21 years of age, and with an undoubted leadership on and off the field, as a reference for the LGBT community in the world.
In addition, in 2022, he received recognition from the U.S. Government for her social work, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the country, having become one of the most respected voices for his work in favor of gender equality and social rights.
However, her last opportunity with her national team jersey ended with a sour moment when the United States was surprisingly eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sweden on penalties.
Now, Rapinoe is waiting to finish her season with the NWSL, where she is currently playing in the playoffs with the OL Reign and will have at least one more month of professional activity. Fans are looking forward to seeing the Megan Rapinoe that they have seen for a very long time and hope she concludes on a high note.