Legendary US Women’s National Team player and current OL Reign forward, Megan Rapinoe, ended her international career after the international friendly in which the American team beat South Africa 2-0 with goals from Trinity Rodman and Emily Sonnett.
The meeting held at Soldier Field in Chicago was attended by more than 25,000 people who witnessed the closing of 16 years of career in the national team for Rapinoe, conquering great titles such as the Olympic gold medal in London 2012 or the Canada 2015 and France 2019 World Cups.
The match included numerous tributes before and after the game, one of them being the one he received before the opening whistle from the USWNT, with a special jersey with the number 203 and the participation of his former NBA player wife, Sue Bird. .
Later, at the end of the match, a video tribute could be seen on the stadium screen where Rapinoe’s entire career in the National team was reviewed.
Regarding the development of the match The attacker played 53 minutes as a starter before walking to the bench amidst a crowd of applause and cheers.
Although Rapinoe could not say goodbye with a goal in her farewell, seconds before being substituted she had a free kick close to the rival goal in which her shot went just centimeters above the goal, so close that many of those in attendance shouted the score.
After making her debut in 2006 at the age of 21, Rapinoe not only left her mark on the national team with her 203 international matches, in which he contributed 63 goals and 73 assistsbut also became a great spokesperson for world women’s football.
In addition, his voice also had an impact on the human rights of homosexual, transgender and other social minorities who were crying out to be heard.
Although the game against South Africa marked her farewell to the United States women’s team, Megan Rapinoe will remain in competition with OL Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League at least until Octoberthe date on which the regular season will end and the American soccer postseason will begin.
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