Megan Rapinoe was born on July 5th, 1985 in Redding, California. She first got into school athletics when she attended Foothill High School. Up until then, Megan spent most of her life being coached by her father, Jim. Megan was clearly very good at soccer as she was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American as a junior and senior. She was also named to McDonald’s All-American Girls High School Soccer West Team in 2004.
After high school, Megan played for Elk Grove United in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. Megan got a full scholarship to attend the University of Portland and became a member of the Pilots. She ranked 5th in school history in total points (43) in her freshman year. Out of the 15 goals she scored, 7 of them were game-winning goals. Her 2006 and 2007 seasons were each cut short due to 2 separate torn ACLs. When she returned in 2008, she played all 22 games and led them to a record of 20-2. That season she had 5 goals and 13 assists.
Rapinoe burst onto the international scene in 2011 at the Women’s World Cup. She scored 4 goals and had 2 assists as the United States finished 3rd. Next up was the 2012 Olympics. There, she continued her amazing play by scoring 8 goals and assisting on 12 points as Team USA took the gold medal. The 2015 and 2019 were the next 2 major events and Rapinoe led the United States to victory in both World Cups. The United States became the second team to repeat as champion (The first being in Germany 2003/2007).
By Steve Farace