Megan Rapinoe Silences Retirement Rumors With Stellar NWSL Performance

Published 09/01/2021, 3:15 PM EDT
Megan Rapinoe lead the United States Women’s National Team to their fourth World Cup victory.


USWNT legend, Megan Rapinoe, clinched the bronze at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year. The American is one of the strongest contenders in any football G.O.A.T debates and has won everything there is to be won on the international stage.

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At the Tokyo Olympics, Megan scored two stunning goals for Team USA in the bronze medal-winning match. After her Olympic appearance at Tokyo, the 2012 FIFA Player of the year is playing for the OL Reign.

Megan is 36, and unstoppable

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Megan Rapinoe appeared in her first Summer Olympics at the London Olympics 2012. She has been competing at the National Women’s Soccer League season 2021 for the OL Reign team.

After Tokyo Olympics, her form is stunning as she has scored five goals to date in the 8 matches she has played. Her percentage of accurate passes per game is 62%, while her successful dribbles percentage is 59%.

34-year old Megan Rapinoe won the Golden Boot at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Team USA was deprived of defending its gold medal title at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. USWNT’s star players Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd faced questions about their retirement.

Lloyd has announced that she will be retiring after the the next batch of USWNT friendlies. On the other hand, Megan is still not sure, as she loves to be on the field. Notably, even at 36, she seems to be in incredible form.

Megan Rapinoe brace powers to defeat rival Portland Thorns

At Downtown Seattle’s premier stadium, Lumen Field the NWSL match between OL Reign and Portland Thorns FC took place. The count of fans in the opening match was incredible as 27,248 people showed up.

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Interestingly, the Portland team had the Tokyo gold medalist, Canada’s Christine Sinclair. In the first half within 16 minutes, Megan scored the first goal for the team.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: U.S. women’s national soccer team player Megan Rapinoe poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

At the 39th minute, Rapinoe got the chance to score a penalty, and the Olympic gold medalist did not miss it. She used her signature stutter step to score beyond the Thorns keeper Bella Bixby.

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Her two goals in the first half itself helped the team in gaining dominance. The second half was all about defense for the OL Reign team. Megan’s performance showcases that she still has a lot to give on the field.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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