As one of the more recognizable faces of the United States Women's National Soccer Team, forward Megan Rapinoe has played a crucial role in the team's success over the last several years. Whether it's international friendlies or international competition, Rapinoe has made an impact when called upon. And if Team USA wants to win its second straight Women's World Cup and fourth such title overall, Rapinoe will need to be clutch again. The stage this time is the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France with Rapinoe set to make her third straight appearance on her sport's biggest stage. Here are five things to know about Megan Rapinoe.
Experience is key
Rapinoe has been with Team USA since 2006. And in that time she's amassed 152 caps (fourth on the team), 44 goals (third), and 57 assists (fifth in team history). From 2003-05 Rapinoe played for U.S. Soccer's Under-20 team for which she registered 21 caps and nine goals. She is one of two players representing the NWSL's Reign FC (the other being midfielder Allie Long), and next to Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, Rapinoe is the most experienced player on the team. Rapinoe's veteran experience will go a long way in France.
Rapinoe gets it done at the World Cup
Between the last two Women's World Cups (2011, 2015) and the U-20 World Cup back in 2004, Rapinoe has scored six goals in 17 games combined. In those matches, Rapinoe's teams have posted a combined record of 12-2-3. Fans are looking forward to seeing what she'll do in France.
She has her share of championships
Rapinoe has her name attached to the 2015 World Cup championship team, she also won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Rapinoe has also played a role on the 2014 and '18 CONCACAF Women's Championship-winning teams, the last three Algarve Cup titles (2015, '13, '11), and the last two SheBelieves Cup winners (2018, '16). She's also won multiple individual awards and is recognized for her charitable work as well. Rapinoe hopes to add another trophy to her collection in France.
Rapinoe is well traveled
Aside from her international trips with Team USA, Rapinoe's club career has taken her to both France and Australia in addition to her many stops here in the U.S. Altogether Rapinoe has taken the field for the NWSL, WPS, Australia's W-League, and France's D1F. Since 2013 she has called Seattle home while playing for the NWSL's Reign FC. When you combine her club numbers Rapinoe has totaled 156 caps with 50 goals in her career.
When Rapinoe took the field for the W-League's Sydney FC in 2011, she was among the first eight American players ever to play in the league. She is also among 35 Team USA players to reach 100 or more international caps. And while she's set to turn 34 right before this Women's World Cup is complete, Rapinoe shows no signs of slowing down.
BONUS: Quick Facts about Megan Rapinoe...
Full Name: Megan Anna Rapinoe
Born: July 5, 1985, in Redding, CA
Hometown: Redding, CA
College: University of Portland
Club: Reign FC