Megan Rapinoe, USA Legend, to Retire from Football; Final Game Against South Africa Scheduled for September 24th.
Megan Rapinoe is retiring from football, marking the end of an era. (Photo: Reuters)
Megan Rapinoe, a revered figure in women’s football, is preparing to bid farewell to her illustrious international career with the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT). The U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) recently confirmed that Rapinoe’s final appearance for the national team will be on September 24th, 2023, during a friendly match against South Africa in Chicago. This highly anticipated event signifies the end of a remarkable chapter in Rapinoe’s life.
At the age of 38, Rapinoe has had an extraordinary journey in the sport. She made the decision to retire from professional soccer before the start of the Women’s World Cup. Her retirement will officially take effect at the conclusion of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season in November 2023.
Rapinoe’s career with the USWNT has been nothing short of exceptional. She has participated in four World Cups, securing victories in 2015 and 2019. Additionally, she played a crucial role in leading the U.S. team to Olympic gold in the 2012 London Games. Despite the disappointment of missing a crucial penalty kick during this year’s World Cup, which resulted in the U.S. team being eliminated by Sweden, Rapinoe’s contributions to the team have been invaluable.
Reflecting on her career, Rapinoe expressed joy and gratitude rather than sadness. She described her journey as an “unbelievable ride” and eagerly looks forward to the opportunity to play one last time for her country. She intends to use this moment to express her heartfelt gratitude to her teammates and everyone who has influenced her personal and professional growth over the years.
Rapinoe’s legacy extends beyond her on-field achievements. With 203 caps, 63 goals, and 73 assists for the national team, she has left an indelible mark. Off the field, Rapinoe has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT+ rights and equal pay in women’s soccer, solidifying her role as a trailblazer and inspiring figure.
As for her club career, Rapinoe will play her final regular-season game with OL Reign on October 6th, 2023, against the Washington Spirit in Seattle. This marks the end of an era for Rapinoe, and her impact on the sport will undoubtedly continue to resonate long after her retirement.