Megan Anna Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player. She plays as a winger and captains OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States national team. She won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. She has been named in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
About Megan Rapinoe in brief
Megan Anna Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player. She plays as a winger and captains OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States national team. She won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. She is an advocate for numerous LGBT organizations, including the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and Athlete Ally. She started playing soccer at age three after watching her older brother play the sport, but he started using drugs when the girls were in second grade. In 2019, she co-founded a gender-neutral lifestyle brand, re-inc, with fellow athletes Christen Press, Tobin Heath, and Meghan Klingenberg. In 2013, she was awarded the board of directors Award by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. She has been named in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. She was born in Redding, California, with her parents, Jim and Denise, and five siblings, including her fraternal twin Rachael Rap inoe. She played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, and MagicJack in Women’s Professional Soccer, as well as Olympique Lyon in France’s Division 1 Féminine. In 2002, she played for Elk Grove Pride the Women’s Premier Soccer League along with her future national team teammate, Stephanie Cox. She and her sister committed almost two-and-a-half hours from her hometown to Portland, Oregon, to play for the University of Portland.
In 2011, she scored an equalizer goal in the 18th minute to tie the game 1–1 against the Peachtree City Lazers after the Lazers finished second at the US Youth National Championships. In 2012, she is the first player, male or female, to score a goal directly from a corner at the Olympic Games. She scored three goals and tallied a team-high four assists to lead the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2015, she won the Ballon d’Or and was named The Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2019. Since 2018, she has been co-captain of the national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. She also plays for the New York Red Bulls in the MLS and the New England Revolution in the Premier Development League. In 2007, she became the first American woman to win the MLS Golden Boot award. In 2010, she received the Golden Ball award for her performance in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil. Her precise cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women’t Cup quarterfinals resulted in an equalizing goal and eventual win for the Americans after a penalty shootout. In 2008, she helped the United states to a 2-1 victory over Brazil in the US Women’s Youth National Championship. In 2009, she made the McDonald’s All-American Girls High School Soccer West Team in 2004. She was named Parade and National Soccer Coaches Association of America All- American as a junior and senior.