USWNT legend Megan Rapinoe will retire at the end of the 2023 season

ESPN News ServicesJuly 8, 2023, 01:17 PM ET3 minutes of reading

Megan Rapinoe announced her retirement at the end of the 2023 season

Megan Rapinoe has announced that she will retire at the end of the 2023 NWSL season and that the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup will be her last.

United States forward Megan Rapinoe announced Saturday that she will retire from professional soccer at the end of the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League season.

The 11-year All-Star and US Women’s National Team standout will play her final regular season game at Seattle’s Lumen Field on Oct. 6 against the Washington Spirit.

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Rapinoe, 38, is preparing to compete with the two-time defending champion USWNT at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia from July 20 to August 20.

Robinho confirmed on Saturday that this would be his final World Cup.

“I’ve been able to have such an incredible life and this game has brought me around the world and allowed me to meet so many amazing people,” said Rapinoe. Report to American Football.

“I feel incredibly grateful to have played as long as I have, to be as successful as we have been, and to be part of a generation of players who have undoubtedly left the game better than they found it. To play one last World Cup and one last NWSL season and leave on my own terms is incredibly special.”

Megan Rapinoe has won many trophies in her career.PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

Rapinoe joined the OL Reign in the NWSL’s inaugural season in 2013 and holds club records for goals (48) and assists (25) in 109 matches.

She has won three NWSL Shields with the reigns and earned one Best XI and two Second XI selections. He is the league’s all-time leader in penalty kick goals with 13.

Internationally, Rapinoe has 199 caps, including World Cup wins in 2015 and 2019, and a 2012 Olympic gold medal. In 2019, she was named FIFA Women’s Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or Feminine.

Robineau has 63 goals and 73 assists with the USWNT while compiling a record of 157-14-28.

“I want to thank my family for being by my side all these years,” added Rapinoe. “Thanks to my teammates and coaches from my early days in Redding, going to college at the University of Portland, and of course US Soccer, the Seattle regime and especially Sue. [Bird]For everything.

“I will forever cherish the friendship and support over the years in this sport, and I’m excited for one last ride with the national team and the regime.”

Information from Reuters is included in this report.

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