US Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe has revealed that she will retire from professional soccer at the conclusion of the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. The announcement comes as Rapinoe prepares to participate in her fourth and final World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this summer before returning to her NWSL team, OL Reign.
What Rapinoe said
Expressing her deep appreciation for the game and her remarkable journey, Rapinoe shared the news of her retirement with reporters during a press conference ahead of the USWNT’s friendly match against Wales.
The USWNT legend said “I’ve been able to have such an incredible career, and this game has brought me all over the world and allowed me to meet so many amazing people”
“I feel incredibly grateful to have played as long as I have, to be as successful as we’ve been, and to have been a part of a generation of players who undoubtedly left the game better than they found it. To be able to play one last World Cup and one last NWSL season and go out on my own terms is incredibly special”
She added “I want to thank my family for being by my side all these years. Thanks to all my teammates and coaches all the way back to my first days in Redding, on to college at the University of Portland and of course thanks to US Soccer, the Seattle Reign and especially Sue, for everything.
“I will forever cherish the friendships and support over the years in this game, and I am beyond excited for one last ride with the National Team and the Reign.”
Rapinoe’s incredible career and achievements
Megan Rapinoe leaves behind an incredible legacy as one of the most iconic figures in women’s soccer. With 199 international caps, Rapinoe is regarded as one of the most impactful players in the history of soccer in the United States and globally. Her accolades include two Women’s World Cup victories, an Olympic gold medal, and recognition as the Best FIFA Women’s Player and winner of the Ballon d’Or Feminin in 2019.
Off the field, Rapinoe’s advocacy for LGBTQ rights, racial equality, gender and pay equity, and other social issues has further amplified her impact. Over her career, she has achieved incredible milestones and become an influential advocate for various social issues.