Megan Rapinoe set to play her last ever game for USA women's national team this month

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By James Kay

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Megan Rapinoe is set to call time on her international career as she is due to play one final game for the US national team before hanging up her boots.

It's safe to say that Rapinoe has had a successful career as her trophy cabinet holds some of the most sought-after prizes in soccer.

With a remarkable 203 caps for the national team under her belt, the 38-year-old athlete will bid adieu to her storied international career.

As reported by CNN, Rapinoe's career will be celebrated in her upcoming “Farewell Game” against South Africa. The event, announced by US Soccer on Tuesday, is slated to take place on September 24th in Chicago.

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Rapinoe is set to play one final game for the USWNT. Credit: Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty

Rapinoe has etched her name in history with an impressive 63 career goals and 73 assists for the US women’s team while helping the country secure two World Cups during her career.

She was also the proud recipient of an Olympic gold medal in the 2012 London Games, and throughout her time with the national team, she has scored 63 goals and registered 73 assists - putting her in the top 10 players for both accolades for the US Women's team.

Sadly, her final major tournament for her country ended rather abruptly after the USA were knocked out of the World Cup by Sweden on penalties - with Rapinoe missing her spot kick.

Reflecting on her journey, Rapinoe shared her sentiments in a press release from US Soccer: "People may think that my career coming to an end would bring sadness, but when I think back on the past 30-plus years of playing this game, my overriding emotions are joy and gratitude.

"It’s been an unbelievable ride. It will be special to have this one last opportunity to play for my country in front of our incredible fans and get the chance to thank my teammates and everyone who has had an impact on me as a person and player over the years.”

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Rapinoe's retirement comes after an illustrious career. Credit: Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty

Rapinoe is often hailed as a "generational talent" by USWNT general manager Kate Markgraf, which was highlighted when she won the Ballon d’Or Féminin and FIFA’s The Best award in 2019.

Beyond the international stage, Rapinoe's domestic career is nothing short of remarkable. She secured the French league title and French Cup during her tenure with Lyon in the 2012/13 season. Moreover, her prowess translated to the NWSL, where she clinched three NWSL Shields during her time with both the Seattle Reign and OL Reign.

Featured image credit: Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty

Megan Rapinoe set to play her last ever game for USA women's national team this month

vt-author-image

By James Kay

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Megan Rapinoe is set to call time on her international career as she is due to play one final game for the US national team before hanging up her boots.

It's safe to say that Rapinoe has had a successful career as her trophy cabinet holds some of the most sought-after prizes in soccer.

With a remarkable 203 caps for the national team under her belt, the 38-year-old athlete will bid adieu to her storied international career.

As reported by CNN, Rapinoe's career will be celebrated in her upcoming “Farewell Game” against South Africa. The event, announced by US Soccer on Tuesday, is slated to take place on September 24th in Chicago.

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Rapinoe is set to play one final game for the USWNT. Credit: Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty

Rapinoe has etched her name in history with an impressive 63 career goals and 73 assists for the US women’s team while helping the country secure two World Cups during her career.

She was also the proud recipient of an Olympic gold medal in the 2012 London Games, and throughout her time with the national team, she has scored 63 goals and registered 73 assists - putting her in the top 10 players for both accolades for the US Women's team.

Sadly, her final major tournament for her country ended rather abruptly after the USA were knocked out of the World Cup by Sweden on penalties - with Rapinoe missing her spot kick.

Reflecting on her journey, Rapinoe shared her sentiments in a press release from US Soccer: "People may think that my career coming to an end would bring sadness, but when I think back on the past 30-plus years of playing this game, my overriding emotions are joy and gratitude.

"It’s been an unbelievable ride. It will be special to have this one last opportunity to play for my country in front of our incredible fans and get the chance to thank my teammates and everyone who has had an impact on me as a person and player over the years.”

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Rapinoe's retirement comes after an illustrious career. Credit: Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty

Rapinoe is often hailed as a "generational talent" by USWNT general manager Kate Markgraf, which was highlighted when she won the Ballon d’Or Féminin and FIFA’s The Best award in 2019.

Beyond the international stage, Rapinoe's domestic career is nothing short of remarkable. She secured the French league title and French Cup during her tenure with Lyon in the 2012/13 season. Moreover, her prowess translated to the NWSL, where she clinched three NWSL Shields during her time with both the Seattle Reign and OL Reign.

Featured image credit: Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty