- Megan Anna Rapinoe
- Nickname is “Pinoe”
- She is an advocate for equality and human rights organizations including LGBTQ, Human Rights Campaign and LA Gay and Lesbian Center and is part of their mission of equality for all people.
- Enjoys playing guitar, the beach, coffee, music and shopping.
- Majored in sociology with a minor in political science.
- Has a twin sister, Rachael, who also played soccer at Portland.
- Prefers living in a city.
- Her favorite cities are Sydney, London, San Francisco, Phuket, Thailand, Chicago, Boston, Seattle and Portland.
- Her hometown of Redding, California, recognizes Sept. 10 as Megan Rapinoe Day.
- She is the co-founder/co-owner of Rapinoe SC, a business she owns with her twin sister Rachael.
- The company’s mission is to “Inspire and celebrate the physical and emotional exploration of what it means to Be Your Best You.”
A Free Spirit
Megan and her twin sister Rachael were the youngest of six children, and they had a Tom Sawyer-like childhood. They roamed the land, climbing the giant oak tree, fishing for crawfish in the creek, playing one-on-one basketball or baseball or soccer on the neighboring fields, playing house in the chicken coop. "It’s like a little penned-in area, with a little house. It was disgusting – it was a chicken coop – but you could kind of get in there and we loved it." Rapinoe brings to the game a creative, free-flowing, improvised quality – a quality that may have grown out of the childhood where she was given a lot of freedom to roam.
The kid who grew up playing in the chicken coop has now lived in cities all over the world, from Lyon, France to Portland, Oregon. In Lyon, playing for Olympique Lyonnais, she visited museums and opera houses, walked cobblestone streets, raced her Smart Car against the men’s teams Ferarris and Maserrattis. In Seattle, she lived on Capitol Hill, which she describes as "gay-friendly, straight-friendly, trans-friendly, everything friendly," a place "where you never had to think about [sexuality] ever, which is really important to me." "I’ve loved living in different places. I like having that experience." Yet the continent-hopping lifestyle of a National Team soccer player means she also gravitates toward having a place to call home.
First Appearance: July 23, 2006, vs. Ireland. First Goal: Oct. 1, 2006, vs. Chinese Taipei (two goals).
One of the USA’s most skillful and dynamic attackers and goal scorers, she gained world-wide recognition for sending in the cross that Abby Wambach headed home in the dying seconds of extra time against Brazil in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal. Her two-goal performance in the epic semifinal match of the 2012 Olympics further cemented her star status as did her performance in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
2017: Played 648 minutes in 12 matches, starting eight. Had three goals and five assists, all coming over the final nine games of the year, and starting with the Tournament of Nations. In the epic 4-3 win vs. Brazil in the second game of the Tournament of Nations, she scored the goal that equalized the match at 3-3, had two assists and played a part in the game-winning goal sequence.
2016: Played in four games, starting one, after making an impressive and expedient comeback from ACL surgery. Recovered in time to get named to the Olympic Team, her second, and played in two games in Brazil, starting one.
2015: A member 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champions, she played 462 minutes while starting six games (missing the quarterfinal vs. China PR due to yellow card suspension). Got the USA off to a rousing start, scoring twice in the 3-1 opening game win against Australia, including the clinching goal after a long run dribbling run. Also had two crucial assists in the tournament, the first off a corner kick on Abby Wambach’s game-winning goal against Nigeria to win Group D, and the second on the opening goal of the Women’s World Cup Final. Named to the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team and was on the shortlist for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. Played 983 minutes in 17 games, starting 14, and scored two goals with nine assists on the year, which were the second most in a calendar year in her WNT career. Earned her 100th cap on April 4 against New Zealand in the USA's 4-0 win in St. Louis, becoming the 31st woman in WNT history to achieve the century mark.
2014: Played in 21 games for the USA, starting 16 and logging in 1,253 minutes. Scored six goals and had seven assists. Helped the U.S. win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and book its ticket to the 2015 FIFA World Cup.
2013: Played 614 minutes in just seven games, mostly due to club commitments in France, but still scored four goals with three assists. Assisted, off a corner kick, on Abby Wambach’s 159th career goal that broke Mia Hamm’s world all-time international scoring record on June 20 against Korea Republic at Red Bull Arena.
2012: Had her best year to date for the U.S. WNT, playing 1,649 minutes in 29 games while starting 20, the highest yearly totals of her career. Scored eight goals with 12 assists, also career highs. Her 12 assists were third highest on the team. Started all six games of the 2012 Olympics, her first Olympic tournament, while scoring three goals with four assists. Her four assists at the Olympics were tied for tops on the team. One of her assists came on Carli Lloyd’s game-winning goal in the 2-1 Olympic gold medal game victory against Japan. Scored two spectacular goals against Canada in the Olympic semifinal, twice drawing the USA even in a match it would win 4-3 in the final minute of extra time of overtime. Her first goal against Canada came directly off a corner kick and the second was a brilliant strike from outside the penalty area.
2011: Played in 18 games, starting 13, and scored three goals with five assists over her 1,085 minutes. Was a starter for most of the year, but became a reserve just before the Women’s World Cup, where she played her role extremely well coming off the bench, getting one goal with three assists. Played in all six games in the World Cup, starting the group match against Sweden and the World Cup Final. Her three assists came in the final three games of the World Cup, crossing the ball that was famously headed home by Abby in the quarterfinal against Brazil, setting up Alex Morgan’s game-clinching goal in the semifinal victory against France and Morgan’s score in the World Cup Final against Japan.
2010: Recovered from illness to work her way back into the U.S. lineup, starting eight of the 10 games she played. Scored four goals with two assists, one of which came in the second leg of the Women’s World Cup playoff series against Italy that set up Amy Rodriguez’s game-winning goal.
2009: Made a big impact in her return to the WNT for the first time in two years, playing in seven games and starting six while scoring two goals with one assist.
2007-08: Did not play for the USA as she recovered from two ACL injuries.
2006: Trained with team at 2006 Residency Training Camp in Carson, Calif. Came into training with the USA early in 2006 and played in four matches, scoring her first two career goals against Chinese Taipei on Oct. 1, but returned to her college team and suffered an ACL injury just four days later.
Youth National Teams: Was one of the standout players on the U.S. team that finished third at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand. She had an excellent tournament, scoring three goals, tied for the team lead, including one in the third-place match victory against Brazil. Ended her U-19 international career with 21 caps and nine goals.
2017: Had a banner bounce-back season with the Seattle Reign, and was leading the league in scoring before a knee injury sidelined her for a few games. Finished third in the league in goals with 12 along with one assist. Despite the knee surgery, she still started 17 of 18 games, playing 1,522 minutes. Was an MVP finalist and named to the NWSL Second XI.
2016: Played in five games for the Seattle Reign, starting two, all after the Olympics, and scored one goal with one assist … Played 204 minutes in her return to club after her knee injury.
2015: Started 10 matches for the Seattle Reign due to WNT commitments, but had an excellent year in helping her club win the regular season league title by scoring five goals with five assists over 824 minutes. Was named to the NWSL Second XI. Scored a goal and had an assist in the 3-0 playoff semifinal win against the Washington Spirit.
2014: Despite only playing nine games for the Reign, she scored four goals and recorded one assist as Seattle went on to win the NWSL regular season title with a 16-2-6 overall record. Scored the sole goal for the Reign in the 86th minute of the 2-1 loss to FC Kansas City in the NSWL Championship Game.
2013: Signed with two-time European Champions League winners Lyon for the second half of the French league season and played in six games while scoring twice. Played in five UEFA Champions League matches for Lyon, scoring two goals, against Rosengård and Juvisy. Helped Lyon reach the 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final where she started and played 46 minutes as her team fell 2-1 to German club Wolfsburg. Allocated to the Seattle Reign for the inaugural NWSL season but did not join the team until late June after the end of her French season with Lyon. Ended up playing 1,023 minutes in 12 games, starting 11 and scored five goals with one assist. Her impact on the Reign was such that despite playing only half the season, she was named to the NWSL Second XI.
2011: Signed with the Philadelphia Independence for the 2011 WPS season after the Chicago Red Stars ceased operations but was traded to magicJack in exchange for cash considerations on June 22 during the Women’s World Cup. Ended up playing 10 WPS matches, starting six, with two goals and two assists over 641 minutes.
2010: Struggled with illness and fitness, but played in 20 games, starting 19 and scoring one goal on the last touch of the last game of the season.
2009: Taken second overall in the first round of the 2009 WPS College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars. Started 17 of the 18 games she played for the Red Stars, scoring two goals with three assists. Was named as a WPS First-Team All-Star.
Youth club: She played with the Mavericks from U-12 to U-14, then played with Elk Grove United until she went to college. Won State and Regional Champions with Elk Grove United in 2003. National runner-up in 2003.
College: Played just three full seasons at Portland as her junior year was cut short after two matches due to an ACL injury. Had one more season of college eligibility remaining, but opted to enter the WPS draft. As a senior in 2008, she started all 22 games for the Pilots and was named a Soccer America First-Team All-American and an NSCAA Second Team All-American. Voted the WCC Player of the Year and was All-WCC First Team. She led the team and the WCC in assists (13). Also became the eighth player in school history to get 30 goals and 25 assists in a career. Her 88 career points (30 goals, 28 assists) are 10th-best in school history despite playing just 60 total games due to injuries. Did not play college soccer in what would have been her freshman season in order to play in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand.