Megan Rapinoe, a two-time Women’s World Cup champion with the United States national team, has retired from professional soccer after the 2023 NWSL season.
Who actually is Megan Rapinoe?
Megan Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player who is a winger for OL Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. She was born on July 5, 1985, in Redding, California. Rapinoe has made 199 appearances and scored several goals for the USWNT.
She has also played for several clubs, including OL Reign, Seattle Sounders Women, and Chicago Red Stars. Rapinoe is known for her activism and advocacy for various social issues, including LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality, and racial justice.
She announced her retirement from professional soccer at the end of the 2023 season. Recently, she made remarks in Time magazine about transgender participation in women’s sports, which received a response from tennis legend Martina Navratilova.
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Megan Rapinoe announces her retirement.
NYTimes says that Megan Rapinoe, a legend in the sport of soccer and one of her generation’s most outspoken, talented, and energetic athletes, didn’t want to wait until the end to announce that this would be her last season playing professionally.
She had already decided that after this year’s Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, her final major tournament with the United States and her last season with her professional club, she would retire at the end of the year.
Rapinoe-like, she could not be quiet about such an essential matter. Rapinoe, 38, announced at a news conference on Saturday before the United States match against Wales on Sunday in San Jose, California.
“I just want to say thank you to everybody,” she told a room full of reporters as the U.S. team prepares to fly to New Zealand for the Women’s World Cup. “I could have never imagined where this beautiful game would have taken me.” She called playing for the national team “the greatest thing that I have ever done.”
It is with a deep sense of peace & gratitude that I have decided this will be my final season playing this beautiful game. I never could have imagined the ways in which soccer would shape & change my life forever, but by the look on this little girl’s face, she knew all along. pic.twitter.com/XGZ1T9i7Wy
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) July 8, 2023
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