Megan Rapinoe is a professional Soccer player for the national team of the United States of America and is a captain of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) team OL Reign. She won several awards such as The Best FIFA Women's Player and the Ballon d'Or Féminin. She is known as an activist and a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community through different organizations such as the Athlete Ally and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
Five Facts About Megan Rapinoe
Megan Rapinoe is a well-known activist and is fighting for the rights of her fellow women soccer players.
Megan is a member and a supporter of the LGBTQ community.
Megan has done several philanthropic works through different organizations such as the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and became the ambassador for Athlete Ally.
Rapinoe has appeared in several TV shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning America. Rapinoe was also featured in a docu-series together with some of her teammates. The show was called Keeping the Score.
Rapinoe has been given several awards including the Golden Boot and Golden Ball.
Famous Quotes From Megan Rapinoe
“It's everybody's responsibility to use any platform they can to do good in this world and make our society better. Regardless of your job, it's everyone’s responsibility.”
“Do everything that you can and what you need to do. Be better and bigger than ever before.”
“Be honest about your failures. Correct them accordingly and don't dwell on it.”
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Biography Of Megan Rapinoe
Megan Rapinoe was born and raised in Redding, California, and has lived there together with her parents and her siblings. Growing up, Megan became fond of her older brother, Brian, and was inspired to play the same sport that her brother plays, and that is soccer. Her older brother, however, has been in and out of prison due to drug abuse, but later on, decided to stop doing drugs to fully support his family and Megan’s soccer career.
Megan spent most of her childhood playing Soccer with teams that were coached and handled by her father, Jim, until she was in high school. She played for the Elk Grove Pride club team of Sacramento instead of the Foothill High School soccer team. Aside from soccer, Megan played various sports during her high school year including basketball during her first, second, and fourth year, and track during her first and second year. Megan was also consistently part of the honor roll throughout her high school year.
Megan attended the University of Portland, Oregon, together with her sister, Raechel. She continued her football career there until she finished her degree in Sociology.
Professional Career As A Football Player
During her stay in the University of Portland, she suffered from anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL) and could have ended her career there. But after making a recovery, Megan returned to the soccer field where she truly belonged.
During the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) draft, she was picked second by the Chicago Red Stars, the largest sector of soccer in the USA during that time. A year later, the Chicago Red Stars ceased operations, and because of this, Megan signed to the Philadelphia Independence. There, she played four matches, even scoring a goal in one of them. She was included in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup but was sold to the MagicJack football club while she was away.
Once the 2011 season ended, Megan and her team played 10 games on MagicJack, and she scored 3 goals, finishing third for that season, but the WPS later on decided to terminate MagicJack, leaving Megan and her colleagues as free agents. Megan then continued her career as a professional soccer player in Australia despite playing for a short time. She then decided to join the US national team but after two games, and went to France for the Olympique Lyonnais Féminin.
Megan made her UEFA Women’s Champions League debut on 2013 against FC Malmö, a sweedish football club. Her team made it to the finals but were defeated. Megan, however, was the fifth woman of America to play during the finals of the Champions League.
A year later, Megan returned to America to join the Seattle Reign during the full season of 2014. She was able to shape her team into one of the best during this season. By September 2019, Megan, together with 11 of her teammates, were recognized by the Reign FC as a legend and joined 36 other legends.
A Living Legacy
To date, Megan has played a total of 100 games for the women’s national team of the United States and has won a World Cup and a gold medal during the Olympics. Megan is also a prominent figure for the LGBTQ community as she is an activist and a proud supporter for the rights of women. She was awarded in 2012 by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center for spreading awareness of LGBTQ athletes.
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