American women’s soccer legend, Megan Rapinoe, will have her official farewell to the national team by playing a friendly match on September 24 against South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The announcement was made by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) who through the USWNT agreed to the meeting to give a well-deserved farewell to Rapinoe, who stated last July that she would retire from the discipline of soccer.
The 38-year-old forward will say goodbye to football not only after playing against South Africa, but just after finishing the season with her NWSL team OL Reign.
Rapinoe will end a productive career with the US women’s team, in which He played 203 games where he scored 63 goals and 73 assistsall since its debut in 2006.
With the country of the Stars and Stripes managed to conquer the 2015 and 2019 World Cups and was aiming to win the three-time championship in the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but was eliminated on penalties against Sweden, missing her last penalty kick.
“People may think that closing my career is sad, but when I look back on my thirty plus years of experience playing soccer, my main emotions are joy and gratitude,” Rapinoe said in a statement provided by the USSF.
“It was an incredible journey. It will be special to have this last chance to represent my country in front of our amazing fans and to say thank you to my teammates.which had an impact on me as a person and a player,” she added.
Rapinoe is also an emblem in the US of the fight for the rights of the LGBT community (her partner is the basketball legend Sue Bird) and has also stood out for her activism in favor of equal pay between men and women.
The soccer player received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2022, which is the highest civil distinction in the United States.
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