Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Megan Rapinoe made her final appearance in international soccer after the United States defeated South Africa 2-0 in a friendly at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday.
The tireless 38-year-old striker was crucial to both of her team’s goals, providing the long pass to Alex Morgan that set up Trinity Rodman’s goal and taking the corner that Emily Sonnett headed into the net.
Rapinoe, who won the Golden Boot, Golden Ball and Ballon d’Or for her role at the 2019 US World Cup, received a warm farewell when she left the pitch in the 52nd minute to a standing ovation from the crowd and the ball Presented Lindsey Horan with the captain’s armband and hugged her teammates.
“It was a great honor to be able to wear this jersey, play with all these great players and just make my childhood dream come true,” Rapinoe said at the end of the game.
With 203 caps and 63 goals for her national team, the veteran competed in four World Cups, winning in 2015 and 2019 and helping the USA to Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games.
Your activism and Personality off the field brought her to mainstream fame for supporting causes such as LGBTQ rights, speaking out against racism and advocating for equal pay in women’s football.
Rapinoe is scheduled to play her final National Women’s Soccer League regular season game with OL Reign against the Washington Spirit on Oct. 6 in Seattle.