Megan Rapinoe⁠


Megan Rapinoe

Megan Anna Rapinoe (born July 5, 1985) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a winger and captains OL Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), as well as the United States national team.

Winner of the Ballon d’Or Féminin and named The Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2019, Rapinoe won gold with the national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and she played for the team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup where the U.S. finished in second place. Rapinoe co-captained the national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan from 2018 to 2020, with the team earning the Bronze medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

She previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, and MagicJack in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), as well as Olympique Lyon in France’s Division 1 Féminine.

Rapinoe is internationally known for her crafty style of play on the field. Her precise cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil resulted in an equalizer and eventual win for the Americans after a penalty shootout. The last-minute goal was awarded ESPN’s 2011 ESPY Award for Best Play of the Year. During the 2012 London Olympics, she scored three goals and tallied a team-high four assists to lead the United States to a gold medal. She won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Rapinoe is included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.

The ACL injury

Megan Rapinoe is widely considered to be one of the greatest American soccer players of all time. Rapinoe has been through the trials and tribulations of injuries many times, including three separate ACL tears during her career. ⁠

It all started in 2006

Rapinoe tore her left ACL for the first time during her sophomore season at the University of Portland in 2006, which promptly ended her season.