USWNT icon Megan Rapinoe has made it official that she will enter retirement after the ongoing 2023 NWSL season.
The 38-year-old Rapinoe, who is currently gearing up for her fourth World Cup appearance with the national team, will consider retirement after an illustrious career at the end of the NWSL season.
“I’ve been able to have such an incredible career, and this game has brought me all over the world and allowed me to meet so many amazing people,” she said.
“I feel incredibly grateful to have played as long as I have, to be as successful as we’ve been, and to have been a part of a generation of players who undoubtedly left the game better than they found it. To be able to play one last World Cup and one last NWSL season and go out on my own terms is incredibly special.
“I want to thank my family for being by my side all these years. Thanks to all my teammates and coaches all the way back to my first days in Redding, on to college at the University of Portland and of course thanks to U.S. Soccer, the Seattle Reign and especially Sue, for everything. I will forever cherish the friendships and support over the years in this game, and I am beyond excited for one last ride with the National Team and the Reign.”
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The coach of USWNT, Vlatko Andonovski, promptly paid tribute to Rapinoe. Rapinoe.
“Megan Rapinoe is one of the most important players in women’s soccer history and a personality like no other,” he said.
“She has produced so many memorable moments for her team and the fans on the field that will be remembered for a very long time, but her impact on people as a human being may be even more important. It’s been a wonderful experience to coach her in the NWSL and for the National Team and I’m looking forward to her being an important part of our team at the World Cup.”
Rapinoe, a legendary and highly accomplished player, has left an indelible mark on the game and is widely regarded as one of the greatest female players in history.
With two World Cup triumphs to her name, the 38-year-old has amassed an impressive record of 199 international appearances and 63 goals for the USWNT. Her remarkable career includes accolades such as the Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, the Ballon d’Or, and the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.
Additionally, she has won the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot for her exceptional performance in leading the USWNT to victory in the 2019 World Cup.