Megan Rapinoe practicing with the United States Women's National Soccer team
|Full name||Megan Anna Rapinoe|
|Date of birth||July 5, 1985|
|Place of birth||Redding, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Midfielder/ Winger|
|Current club||Olympique Lyonnais|
|2002–2005||Elk Grove Pride|
|2005–2008||University of Portland|
|2009–2010||Chicago Red Stars||38||(3)|
|2012||Seattle Sounders Women||2||(0)|
|2013–||Seattle Reign FC||12||(5)|
|2003–2005||United States U20||21||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 20, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Megan Anna Rapinoe (i//; born July 5, 1985) is an American professional soccer midfielder and Olympic gold medalist who currently plays for Olympique Lyonnais in France's Division 1 Féminine as well as Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League. She is also a member of the United States women's national soccer team. She previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, and magicJack in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).
Rapinoe is internationally known for her crafty style of play and her precise cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinals against Brazil, which resulted in an equalizer goal and eventual win for the Americans after a penalty kick shootout. 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 is the first player, male or female, to score a Goal Olimpico at the Olympic Games.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Honors and awards
- 5 Personal life
- 6 In popular culture
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 Further reading
- 10 External links
Rapinoe grew up in Redding, California with her parents, Jim and Denise, and five siblings, including her twin, Rachael. She spent most of her youth playing with teams coached by her father until high school. Instead of playing soccer at Foothill High School, Rapinoe played for the Elk Grove Pride club team, located just south of Sacramento. She competed in track as a freshman and sophomore, and basketball as a freshman, sophomore, and senior at Foothill. Rapinoe was on the honor roll every semester of high school. She was named Parade and NSCAA All-American as a junior and senior. She was named to McDonald's All-American Game in 2004. Rapinoe played for the under-14 Northern California state Olympic Development Program (ODP) team in 1999 as well as the Region IV ODP team in 2002.
Elk Grove United, 2002–05
From 2002 to 2005, Rapinoe played for Elk Grove Pride in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) along with her twin sister, Rachael, and future national teammate, Stephanie Cox. She and her family commuted two and half hours from her hometown to play with the team. Rapinoe won regional and state championships with Elk Grove. During the US Youth Soccer National Championships, she scored an equalizer goal in the 18th minute to tie the game 1–1 against the Peachtree City Lazers. Elk Grove United finished second at the nationals after the Lazers scored a game-winning goal in the second half.
University of Portland Pilots, 2005–08
Rapinoe and her sister both attended the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. The Rapinoe twins almost committed to Santa Clara University before choosing to play for the Portland Pilots on full scholarships. In 2004, Rapinoe did not play college soccer in what would have been her freshman season in order to play in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship where the United States placed third.
In 2005 as a freshman, Rapinoe helped the Pilots to an undefeated season and the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship. During the College Cup quarterfinal against Notre Dame, she scored twice and served one assist helping the Pilots win 3–1 and advance to the College Cup. During the College Cup final against UCLA, she scored one goal and served an assist helping the Pilots win 4–0. She was named NSCAA First Team All-American and was on the Soccer America First Team Freshman All-America. Rapinoe made the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship All Tournament Team and was the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. She was also named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team and the All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team. Rapinoe played and started all 25 games as an attacking midfielder, scoring 15 goals and adding 13 assists for 43 points – ranking fifth for freshman point totals in the school's history. That year, she also had seven recorded game-winning goals.
As a sophomore in 2006, Rapinoe was among the nation's leading scorers with 10 goals and 2 assists in just 11 matches. During a match against Washington State University on October 5, she suffered her first season-ending Anterior cruciate ligament injury. Despite her injury, she was one of three Portland players in the program's history, including Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan, to score 25 goals and 15 assists in just two seasons. In 2007, Rapinoe suffered her second season-ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury two games into the season. She was granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA, but did not use it.
After taking her time recovering from her second ACL injury, Rapinoe returned for the 2008 season and was on the starting lineup in all 22 games for the Pilots. She helped the team secure a 20-2 record scoring five goals and serving 13 assists. Her 13 assists ranked first for the Pilots as well as in the West Coast Conference and she was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year. She was also named a Soccer America First-Team All-American and NSCAA Second Team All-American. Although she had one more season of college eligibility remaining due to her NCAA medical hardship waiver, she opted to enter the Women's Professional Soccer Draft instead. Rapinoe's 88-point career, including 30 goals and 28 assists, ranks tenth in the school's history despite her playing only 60 games.
The WPS Years, 2009–11
Rapinoe was selected second overall in the 2009 WPS Draft by the Chicago Red Stars for the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer, the highest division of soccer in the United States. Rapinoe was on the starting lineup in 17 of the 18 games in which she appeared for the Red Stars for a total of 1,375 minutes on the pitch. She scored two goals and assisted on three others. She was named a Women's Professional Soccer First-Team All-Star. In 2010, she started in 19 of the 20 games in which she appeared. She scored one goal during the last touch of the last game of the season.
In December 2010, Rapinoe signed with expansion team Philadelphia Independence after the Chicago Red Stars ceased operations. She appeared in four games and scored one goal before being traded to MagicJack while she was in Germany for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. It was reported that the "cash considerations" involved in the transfer were $100,000. This was the most expensive trade in WPS history. The average salary for a female player in the league was $25,000. On October 25, 2011, the WPS voted to terminate the MagicJack franchise, leaving Rapinoe and many other top players as free agents for the 2012 season. The league suspended operations in early 2012.
Making an Impact for Sydney FC and the Seattle Sounders Women, 2011–12
In October 2011, Rapinoe signed with W-League (Australia) team Sydney FC as a guest player for two games. In her second and final game against Melbourne Victory, she scored with eight minutes remaining to seal three points for Sydney. During the summer of 2012, she joined fellow national team members, Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, and Stephanie Cox to play with the Seattle Sounders Women in between camps with the national team as they prepared for the 2012 Summer Olympics. She made two appearances during the regular season with the Sounders, serving two assists.
Olympique Lyonnais, 2013–present
In January 2013, Rapinoe signed for six months with Olympique Lyonnais, the French side that had previously won six consecutive French league championships and two straight European titles, for a reported 11,000 euros (or approximately $14,000) a month. Rapinoe played in six regular season matches for the team, scoring two goals primarily playing as a left winger in the squad's 4–3–3 formation. She made a strong impact during the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final scoring one goal against FC Malmö and a goal and an assist during Lyon's last-four win over FCF Juvisy. She became the fifth American woman in history to play in a Champions League final.
Seattle Reign FC, 2013–present
In 2013, Rapinoe joined Seattle Reign FC to which she had been previously allocated in the National Women's Soccer League. Before Rapinoe joined the squad, the team had been struggling to score goals and were 0–9–1 in ten games. With the addition of Rapinoe, her national team and former Seattle Sounders Women teammate, Hope Solo, and some lineup changes to the front line, the Reign turned their goal-scoring ability up a notch and turned their league record around. During a match against her former team in the WPS, the Chicago Red Stars, Rapinoe played a direct role in all of Seattle's four goals – leading the team to a 4–1 win over Chicago. After scoring two goals and serving one assist during the match, she was named NWSL Player of the Week for Week 16 for the 2013 NWSL season. Despite only playing approximately half of the season (12 out of 22 regular season games), Rapinoe was the Reign's leading scorer with 5 goals.
Youth national teams
Rapinoe played for the United States under-16 national soccer team in 2002 and traveled with the team to France and Houston, Texas. She also played at the United States Youth Soccer Association International Tournament in Houston, Texas in May 2003.
From 2003 to 2005, Rapinoe played for the United States under-19 team. She made 21 appearances and scored nine goals. Her first camp with the under-19 team occurred in January 2003 in Chula Vista, California. She traveled with the team during a European tour to the Netherlands and Germany in July 2003. She scored her first goal with the team against Mexico on March 1, 2003. Rapinoe played in three matches at the 2004 CONCACAF Under-19 Qualifying Tournament, scoring three goals. During the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand she scored a team-high three goals, including one in the third place match victory against Brazil.
Senior national team
National team debut and injury recovery, 2006–09
Rapinoe trained with the United States national women's soccer team for the first time during the team's 2006 Residency Training Camp in Carson, California. She made her debut for the senior team on July 23, 2006 during a friendly match against Ireland. She scored her first two goals on October 1, 2006 during a friendly match against Taiwan.
Due to two separate anterior cruciate ligament injuries, Rapinoe did not play for the senior team in 2007 or 2008 and subsequently missed the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup or the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Upon her return to the team in 2009, she led the team in points with five, including two goals and one assist. She was on the starting lineup in six of the seven games in which she played the same year.
During the 2009 Algarve Cup, Rapinoe scored the game-winning goal against Norway leading the team to a 1–0 victory during the team's third group stage match of the tournament. After the U.S. finished at the top of their group, they were defeated during a penalty kick shoutout by Sweden in the championship final.
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
In 2010, Rapinoe started eight of the ten games she played and scored four goals with two assists. Rapinoe scored against Sweden and China and twice against Guatemala at the 2010 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament, in which she played three games. After the United States finished third at the tournament, they traveled to Italy to vie for a place at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in the UEFA-CONCACAF play-off against Italy. During the team's second match of the series, Rapinoe served the assist for Amy Rodriguez's game-winning goal helping the U.S. earn a berth to the 2011 World Cup.
Rapinoe was named to the U.S. roster for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. During the team's second group stage match against Colombia, she subbed in during the 50th minute and scored almost immediately to put the U.S. up 2–0. Rapinoe celebrated her goal by running to the corner to the left of Colombia's goal, picking up an on-field microphone being used for the match's television broadcast, tapping it, and singing Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." into it.
During the quarterfinal match against Brazil, Rapinoe came on as a substitute and served the precise cross to Abby Wambach's equalizer goal in the 122nd minute of the game: a goal that holds the record for latest goal ever scored in a World Cup match. Rapinoe would later convert her shot during the penalty shootout to help send the United States to the semifinals. Rapinoe's described her last minute cross against Brazil: "I just took a touch and friggin' smacked it with my left foot. I don't think I've hit a ball like that with my left foot. I got it to the back post and that beast in the air just got a hold of it." 
Following the match against Brazil, Rapinoe was named ESPN's Next Level Player of the Week for completing 5 of 10 crosses while the rest of the team was 0 for 18. She served an assist in the semifinal against France in which the U.S. won 3–1. During the dramatic final match against Japan in front of 48,817 spectators at sold-out Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt and a record-breaking international television audience, Rapinoe served her third assist of the tournament to Alex Morgan who scored the game-opening goal in the 69th minute. The U.S. tied Japan 2–2 during regular and overtime leading to their second penalty kick shootout of the tournament. They were defeated 3–1 in penalties and concluded the tournament with a silver medal. Rapinoe's tournament record included one goal and three assists. She played in all six games for the U.S.
Following her appearance in the World Cup, Rapinoe's hometown of Redding officially named September 10, 2011 "Megan Rapinoe Day". She received the Harry Glickman Professional Female Athlete of the Year award at the 60th annual Oregon Sports Awards held on February 12, 2012.
2012 London Olympics
Rapinoe helped lead the United States to a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. During the team's second group stage match against Colombia, she scored the game-winning goal in the 33rd minute in what became a 3–0 win for the Americans. After the U.S. defeated North Korea 1–0 in their final group stage match, they faced New Zealand in the quarter-finals and won 2–0. During a dramatic semi-final match against Canada at Old Trafford, Rapinoe scored two game-equalizing goals in the 54th and 70th minutes. Her first goal was a rare Gol Olimpico – a corner kick that goes untouched by another player into the net. She is the first player, male or female, to score an Olimpico at the Olympic Games. The U.S. defeated Canada 4–3 with a stoppage time goal in the 123rd minute by Alex Morgan. With her two goals, Rapinoe is one of only five players, including Wei Haiying, Christiane, Angela Hucles, and Christine Sinclair to have scored two goals during an Olympic semi-final.
The U.S. clinched the gold medal after defeating Japan 2–1 at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,203 spectators - the largest crowd ever for a women's Olympic soccer game. Rapinoe assisted on Carli Lloyd's second goal of the final in the 53rd minute. She ended the tournament with three goals and a team-high of four assists (tied with Alex Morgan). Widely regarded as one of the top players of the Olympics, Rapinoe was named to numerous 'Team of the Tournament' lists including those selected by the BBC and All White Kit.
Rapinoe had a career-high 8 goals and 12 assists for the United States throughout all of 2012.
At the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal, Rapinoe was named the Player of the Tournament, despite playing in only two of the four matches in which the United States played. She was injured in practice and did not play during the final as the team defeated Germany to win the 2013 Algarve Cup.
During a friendly match against South Korea on June 20, 2013, Rapinoe served a corner kick that ended up being the assist for Abby Wambach's record-breaking 159th international goal. Wambach's goal broke the world record for most international goals scored by a male or female. During a friendly match against New Zealand at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, Rapinoe scored the game-opening goal on a direct free kick (her 23rd international goal) to help the U.S. win 4–1 and was named Player of the Match.
|#||numberOfGoals.goalNumber by the player in the match|
|Lineup||Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored; blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information. See Assist (football) page.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
|Result||The final score.|
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-purple background color – exhibition or closed door international friendly match|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
|Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
Honors and awards
- 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or Shortlist: On October 25, 2012, Rapinoe was one of ten female soccer players shortlisted for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.
- 2012 Sports Illustrated's Most Inspiring Performers: Rapinoe was named a finalist for Sports Illustrated's Most Inspiring Performers of 2012.
- 2013 Algarve Cup Player of the Tournament: Rapinoe was named the best player of the 2013 Algarve Cup which the U.S. won. She tallied a goal and assist in two games played.
- NWSL Player of the Week: After scoring two goals and serving one assist during a 4–1 win over the Chicago Red Stars on July 25, 2013, Rapinoe was named National Women's Soccer League Player of the Week by the media for Week 16 of the 2013 NWSL season.
On July 2, 2012, Rapinoe came out as a lesbian in an interview with Out magazine. Rapinoe confirmed that she has been dating Australian soccer player Sarah Walsh for three years. On November 10, 2012, she was the recipient of the board of director's Award by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
Rapinoe has done philanthropic work for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the United States Olympic Committee. In 2013, she became an ambassador for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization that focuses on ending homophobia and transphobia in sports.
Rapinoe has signed endorsement deals with Nike and Samsung. She has appeared in multiple commercials for Nike. In 2013, she appeared in advertisements for the clothing company, Wildfang and began a partnership with medical device company, DJO Global.
In popular culture
Rapinoe was featured on the cover of the March 2013 edition of Curve. She was profiled in the August 6, 2012 edition of Sports Illustrated and the July 2012 edition of Out. The April 11, 2013 edition of the New York Times featured an article about her experiences in France, with the national team, and coming out publicly before the 2012 Olympics.
Television and film
Rapinoe has made appearances on The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Today Show, The Rachel Maddow Show and Good Morning America. In 2012, she appeared in an ESPN feature called Title IX is Mine: USWNT. She was the focus of a Fox Soccer feature entitled, Fox Soccer Exclusive: Megan Rapinoe in November 2012.
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